Sage Laser Tattoo Removal
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FAQ's

Frequently asked questions.

1. How much does laser tattoo removal cost?

We are removing the "luxury" stigma from tattoo removal. Our pricing is fair and competitive, while maintaining the highest standard of laser equipment and on-going training. 

As each person and each tattoo is unique, so is the pricing.  Treatments start at a minimum of $80.00.  Each and every tattoo varies in size and ink saturation.  Most treatments under 6" square are priced less than $240, and this will be discussed and quoted during your complimentary consultation. 

If you have questions regarding larger tattoos and pricing please contact us.

Do we offer discounts?

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2. Will it leave a scar?

Many people are concerned about scarring from their laser tattoo removal procedure.

If the tattoo already features scarring, expect that to remain.

What many people don't know is that any scarring that remains after a tattoo removal procedure is often left over from when the tattoo was originally applied by the tattoo artist.

If clients follow proper aftercare, it's very uncommon for a patient to scar from a Q-switched laser treatment. However, it is very common for a tattoo to feature pre-existing scarring from when it was applied. 

When a Q-switched laser treats the skin, it targets and breaks down the tattoo pigment in the skin. If pre-existing scarring is present, it will break down this pigment within the scar tissue. Once the tattoo removal process is complete, the ink will have been eliminated from the location, but any of the scarring from the original tattoo will likely still remain.

During your initial consultation we will assess the tattoo and determine if pre-existing scarring is present. Our laser will elliminate the ink, but not the scar.

Improper aftercare

While it is uncommon to cause scarring from the laser tattoo removal sessions themselves, it is still possible. Another risk for scarring, even if the treatment is performed properly, happens when patients fail to follow aftercare instructions. Blisters and scabs are common side effects that are important in the tattoo removal healing process. However, picking scabs or not caring properly for blisters can allow scarring to happen.  


3. How long will it take to remove my tattoo?

Will my tattoo be gone after 1 treatment?  Some people may wish to remove a visible tattoo before an event – such as their wedding. It's important for us to establish upfront that tattoo removal is a process that relies on the body's ability to eliminate ink from the skin.

Keeping in mind, it each treatment is spaced a minimum of 6-8 week apart, a full removal takes time and patience.  We will help set realistic expectations clearly upfront to allow our clients to be satisfied throughout the experience.

To allow the skin enough time to heal between treatments and the body's immune system to flush away ink, we recommend a minimum of six weeks between laser sessions.  Stacking the treatments too close together can cause damage and permanent side effects to the skin and doesn't allow the body enough time to remove the ink that was shattered at the most recent session.

How many treatments will it take? While, most people will need between 8 and 12 treatments for a complete removal, some will reach their desired result in 3 or 4, and others may need 10 or more. 

The speed of removal depends on you and your tattoo.

We will use the Kirby-Desai scale. This is the most popular and well-regarded tool for analyzing the number of treatments a tattoo will need for removal. The scale accounts for the following factors that affect the rate of removal:

  • Fitzpatrick skin type

  • Tattoo layering (if the tattoo is a cover-up)

  • Location on the body

  • Ink colors

  • Amount of ink (saturation of tattoo ink, if it was professionally applied)

  • Pre-existing scarring

There are also other factors, such as your health, that affect the speed and success of the ink removal. We encourage you to exercise regularly, drink lots of water, and massage the treated area (once healed). Maintaining a healthy lifestyle before and after treatment, avoiding salty foods, limiting caffeine, refraining from smoking and using SPF 30 on treatment areas are all good aftercare tips to get the best results. We will provide each client with proper aftercare instructions.

Not all colors of tattoo ink respond the same way to the laser treatment. Black ink removes the best. Next are red, orange and warmer colors. We can also be effective on many of the green inks.  Some blue and purple inks are more challenging colours to remove but our laser can sometimes remove them although complete removal cannot be guaranteed.  Homemade, and faded tattoos are the easiest to remove. Tattoos with thin lines and shading respond very well to laser treatments and you will often see results after 1-2 treatments. 


4. Can you help me fade or revise a tattoo for a cover-up?

 Yes, this is a great option if you are looking for a revision to an existing tattoo.

Anyone that is a candidate for tattoo removal liked tattoos enough to get inked at one point in their lives.

Selective removal simply means you are looking to erase part of a larger tattoo piece. This is a common request for people with name tattoos. For example, they like the overall design of their tattoo but dislike that it features an ex's name.  Selective removal works by getting certain parts of the tattoo "cleaned up." We are able to use precision to only treat the areas of the tattoo that are desired to be removed.

Cover-up clients want their tattoo faded to make it easier for their tattoo artist to design another tattoo to be drawn in its place. Tattoo fading needs fewer sessions than complete removal. Often 1 to 3 laser sessions are adequate to fade the tattoo significantly and allow the tattoo artist to have a better canvas to work on.

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5. What to avoid?

Side effects are to be an expected part of the tattoo removal process for most people.  In fact, some side effects are an important part of the immune response that helps eliminate ink from the skin. 

To help limit adverse reactions the following care should be taken:

Anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen can produce bruising after treatment. If you need to treat aches and pains prior to the treatment, use non-aspirin products, such as Tylenol.

It's recommended to refraining from taking aspirin-containing medications for about three to seven days prior to the treatment. As for supplements, avoid fish oils, herbal supplements such as creatine and medications such as penicillin 48 hours before your appointment, as they can cause excess swelling.

Prolonged exposure to UV rays on the tattooed area  (the sun, UV lamps, spray tanning or tanning creams) can put you at risk of hypopigmentation (a loss of color in the skin at the treated site) or hyperpigmentation (a darkening where the skin is treated), therefore we recommend that you plan your tattoo removal treatments at least three weeks after exposure to these elements. Before and after your tattoo removal treatments, cover the tattooed area, or use sun creams with 50+ protective factor.

Hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation occur when the body's production of melanin is skewed after a laser treatment. With hyperpigmentation, the body overproduces melanin in reaction to the laser treatment, so skin in the treated area is darker than the natural skin tone. With hypopigmentation, the melanin is depleted by the laser treatment and the skin appears bleached. Both hypopigmentation and hyperpigmentation are typically temporary and resolve naturally with time. People with middle to darker skin tones are at the greatest risk for pigmentation changes and should avoid sun exposure several weeks following each treatment.

6. Can I go in the sun?

Like we said above, we will not be able to perform your tattoo removal treatments if you have a fresh tan on the tattooed area. Keep your tattoo protected from UVA/UVB rays for at least 2 weeks prior to your appointment.  Cover a small tattoo with a simple bandaid, or a larger one with clothing.  After your treatment, it is also important to keep the area out of the sun until it is fully healed.  This will reduce your risk of hypo-pigmentation complications.

7. Do you offer package discounts for multiple treatments?

Yes! Packages of treatments can be purchased at a discount and a quote can be provided during your initial free consultation. Treatments and packages are a final sale, and are non refundable.