Laser tattoo removal is the most effective method of removing unwanted tattoos, and we offer it right here at Central Ohio Skin Laser Center, a division of Central Ohio Skin and Cancer.  We are happy to offer the Alma  PicoClear tattoo removal  laser.

Which Tattoo Removal Laser is the Best?

The  PicoClear  laser offers the best technology on the market.  It offers two nanosecond  and two picosecond pulse width  settings to treat various tattoo particle  sizes as  well as four wavelengths to target the largest array of tattoo colors.

How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?

The laser targets the tattoo pigment and breaks it into smaller pieces that your body's immune system will remove over  the following several  weeks.

How Many Sessions Will it Take?

Every tattoo is different. Black and dark blue tattoos respond best to  treatment, especially if it is an  amateur, traumatic or radiation  tattoo because the color isn’t as dense or as deeply placed as with professional tattoos.

Light or royal blue, green, orange, yellow, purple, pink and white are the most difficult colors to treat and will typically  require more sessions to achieve clearance.

Glittery or shimmering tattoos cannot be treated.

Tattoos on distal extremities like the hands and feet take more sessions to remove than the same tattoo on the trunk.

Older tattoos are easier to remove than newer tattoos since your body has already removed some of the pigment in older  tattoos. The  PicoClear  laser will remove a tattoo generally in half  the number of treatments of a standard tattoo removal  laser – between 3 and 12 treatments, on average.

How Often Are Treatments Performed?

Every 4 or more weeks. 

Does Laser Tattoo Removal Hurt?

It’s uncomfortable, but  bearable. Some say it hurts more and some say it hurts less than getting the original tattoo.

During tattoo removal treatments, we use the Zimmer, which blows very cold air on the treatment area  to decrease pain. Numbing creams can be prescribed and need to be applied in a thick layer and covered with saran wrap or  Tegaderm  one  half hour before your appointment. Ice  packs are used after the treatment to reduce swelling and alleviate discomfort.

What Care is Needed After Treatment?  

The treated area is covered with petroleum jelly and  Telfa  gauze until completely healed. The treated area must be protected from the sun with a bandage or with a sunscreen containing zinc. 

What Are the Side Effects of Laser Tattoo Removal?

The most common side effects are  redness, swelling, tenderness, bruising, blistering, scab formation, lightening or darkening of the  skin. If this occurs, continue treatment with petroleum jelly or Aquaphor and a bandage until completely healed. 

Never pick a scab as this may lead to scarring. Pre-existing scarring may have occurred from  tattoo application which is then more easily  seen after the tattoo is  removed. The removal process could also leave a scar, but this uncommon with proper laser tattoo removal treatments.

Can I Have Only Part of My Tattoo Removed?

Yes, we can remove the parts of a tattoo that you do not want. We can also partially remove a tattoo in preparation for a touch-up or cover-up.

How Much Does Laser Tattoo Removal Cost?

Your doctor can give you an exact cost.  We charge $200 for the first square inch and $50 for each additional square inch of area to be treated during each treatment.

Who Performs Laser Tattoo Removal at Central Ohio Skin & Cancer?

All of our physicians are trained in laser tattoo removal.

Our laser division is headed by Dr. Richard  Smialek, board-certified in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr.  Smialek  has been with COSC since 2010 and has been a sub-specialist in laser surgery  for over 20 years. You can schedule directly with Dr. Smialek by calling 614-538-1043.

To schedule with Dr. Jennifer Nash, call 614-898-7546 ext. 747. Her nurse will return your call. 

To schedule with any of our other physicians, please call 614-898-7546 for a consultation appointment.

Where Are the Laser Tattoo Removal Treatments Performed?

All laser tattoo removal treatments are performed at our Westerville office  located in  the Westerville Ohio Health Building at 300 Polaris Parkway, Ste. 3300, Westerville, OH 43082.