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Did you know that one in four recipients later have regrets about getting a tattoo? Relationships gone wrong, one too many tequilas on the 21st birthday, or maybe a voluntary canvas for your artistically inclined cousin who just got his first tattoo gun. It happens. The ink used in the typical tattoo is applied to the deeper layers of the dermis and is therefore fairly inaccessible.

How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?

In order to remove tattoo pigment from the skin, a specific wavelength of laser energy is directed at a corresponding color particle within the tattoo.  As the pigment molecule absorbs the energy, it is broken into smaller pieces. As the pigment is broken into successively smaller pieces over several treatments, the body is able to slowly process and dispose of the remaining pigment in the lymphatic system.  

In order to visualize this process, imagine turning a boulder into sand by crushing it into smaller boulders, stones, rocks, pebbles and eventually sand.  Once it is sand, the immune system can sweep it up and dispose of the unwanted remains. To receive some of the best laser tattoo removal McKinney, TX has to offer contact our office today! 

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What to Consider

There are several questions you’ll be asked during your laser tattoo removal consultation at BeauxMD. Each of these questions will help determine how treatment will be done, and how many sessions you may need. 

  • Are you trying to erase a cover-up job? Cover-up tattoos take longer to erase.
  • Was the tattoo professionally done? This will factor into how you are treated. 
  • What is your skin complexion? It’s often difficult to remove tattoos from darker skin tones.
  • What colors were used to create your tattoo? Different colors such as red, yellow, and green are often more difficult to remove. 
  • How long have you had the tattoo? The longer you’ve had a tattoo, the easier it is to remove. 

We will discuss each of these questions and more with you during your laser tattoo removal consultation at BeauxMD.

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What are Laser Tattoo Removal Treatments Like?

When you arrive at BeauxMD for your laser tattoo removal, we may give you numbing cream, depending on the area to be treated. 

During the actual procedure, laser energy will be applied directly to the tattooed area of your skin. This will cause the ink particles to absorb the laser energy and begin breaking apart into smaller ink particles.

Does Laser Tattoo Removal Hurt?

Many patients report that the sessions are uncomfortable, but tolerable. These treatments may be a little more painful than getting the actual tattoo; however, the sessions last for a shorter amount of time, with some procedures lasting as short as 30 seconds. 

The discomfort level will depend on many factors, including the size of the tattoo, each patient’s unique pain threshold, what part of the body the tattoo is on, and how old the tattoo is. 

Here are a few things you can do before, during, and after your laser tattoo removal treatment to help minimize the discomfort. 


  • Apply numbing cream half an hour before treatment. This can take away 50% of the discomfort.
  • Use ice packs before and after, but don’t apply ice directly to skin — use a cloth. 
  • Shave any hair from the area that will be treated. When there’s hair present, the laser can burn the hair and skin.


  • Use stress balls in each hand. It may sound silly, but it works.
  • Wear headphones and listen to music or a podcast to distract you.


  • For three days after your laser tattoo removal treatment, your skin may feel sunburned. Using aloe vera on the treated area will help greatly.
  • Avoid hot showers, baths, saunas, and hot tubs. 
  • 72 hours after treatment, begin using unscented lotion for a week on the treated area. This will prevent you from scratching any itchy skin, which can irritate it. 

Individuals who are considering getting laser tattoo removal treatment should understand that it can often be a lengthy process. Multiple treatments are often required (at times 10-15, depending on the factors involved), and treatments are typically scheduled six weeks apart. 

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If you want to remove a tattoo, please contact us at BeauxMD in McKinney. As a physician owned and operated medical spa, we will provide you with safe laser tattoo removal treatments. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have, allowing you to make the best decision regarding treatment.

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