We’ve compiled a list of the most frequently asked patient questions to help you feel more comfortable with the procedure. If your question isn’t listed on this page or you want more information, please feel free to call our clinic and one of our laser technicians will be able to assist you!


How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments needed is specific to each patient and their tattoo. Most patients need 5 to 10 treatments before seeing complete removal, whereas patients with older, more faded tattoos may only need 3 to 4 treatments total. Our Astanza Revolution laser is engineered to eliminate more ink in each session, lessening the number of overall treatments needed. During your free consultation, one of our knowledgeable laser technicians will assess your tattoo and best estimate the number of treatments you will need based on a variety of factors. These factors include:

  • Age of tattoo
  • Size of tattoo
  • Depth of ink
  • Location of tattoo
  • Tattoo ink colors
  • Density of ink
  • Patient health
  • Type of tattoo (professional vs. amateur)
  • Pre-existing scarring

Does the procedure hurt?

The sensation of the laser has often been compared to a rubber band snapping against the skin, while some patients say it feels similar to having a tattoo applied. Luckily, laser tattoo removal is a very quick procedure in comparison to tattoo application, and lasts anywhere from 1 to 30 minutes depending on the size of the tattoo being removed. Overall, laser tattoo removal is a very tolerable procedure. Brainerd Tattoo Removal offers skin numbing solutions to help soothe the skin and mitigate any pain associated with the laser.


Are there any side effects?

Laser tattoo removal is widely known as the safest, most effective method for getting rid of unwanted ink. Side effects to this procedure include redness, itching, swelling, blistering, scabbing, and pigment changes. All of these side effects are temporary and will heal over the weeks following each treatment. The chances of permanent side effects such as scarring are extremely low. As long as patients follow proper aftercare instructions, their skin should heal flawlessly.

Patients are highly advised to refrain from interrupting any scabs or blisters during the healing process. Although unsightly, blisters and scabs are actually positive signs that your immune system is working to remove the ink from your skin. Allow these to pop or flake off on their own time, then proceed with proper aftercare to ensure the best healing. All patients will receive a take home aftercare sheet after their treatment.


How much does laser tattoo removal cost?

Brainerd Tattoo Removal believes nothing should get in the way of you feeling confident and happy in your skin, especially price. We offer affordable and competitive per treatment pricing based on the size of the tattoo being treated. Special discounts and treatment packages are also available. Visit our pricing page for more information.


How long until I see complete removal of my tattoo?

Laser tattoo removal is a big decision that requires both time and patience. Each removal session is spaced a minimum of 6 to 8 weeks apart to allow the skin enough time to heal before undergoing its next laser treatment. This is necessary to prevent over treatment and any unwanted side effects. That being said, some patients may see complete removal after a few months while others may take up to a year before seeing their tattoo completely erased. However, we can guarantee that the results are well worth the wait.


Can you fade my tattoo for a cover-up?

Absolutely! Brainerd Tattoo Removal is the expert in all things tattoo removal. Whether you want your tattoo completely erased, want just a specific element of your tattoo removed, or simply want your tattoo faded down to prepare for a cover-up design – we can deliver. Our strong partnership with 6th Street Tattoo can help connect you with a talented cover-up tattoo artist as well, just ask any of our staff members for more information. Visit our cover-up page to learn more about fading for cover-ups.