4 tips to find the best tattoo removal specialist
Getting rid of a tattoo won't happen overnight and could require many months visiting a removal specialist. Take time to find a professional who keeps your safety in mind.
Inquire about medical training. Most states don't require laser technicians to have a medical background. Consider a location with a medical director or doctor on staff.
Ask how long they've done tattoo removal. Anyone can perform laser therapy, so inquire about the training the technician has received. Ask how many tattoo removals they've done and request to see before and after photos.
Discuss details. Did the specialist explain the procedure during your initial consultation? Make sure you're clear on whether pain medication is offered, how to care for your skin afterward, and what precautions are taken to reduce side effects, such as loss of skin color.
Verify the laser. Laser equipment comes in many different wavelengths and some aren't strong enough to remove tattoos, says Holly Pelletier, owner of ANewU Medical Spa in Merrimack, N.H. "Ask if the equipment is a medical-grade device and FDA-approved for all skin types to remove tattoo pigment," she says. Visit fda.gov and click on the medical devices webpage to verify the laser is approved.