About Laser Tattoo Removal
There may be many reasons why you no longer want a tattoo. Maybe it represents a painful memory. Maybe it has faded over time or simply no longer represents who you are. Whatever the reason, advances in tattoo removal technology have made it possible to lighten and potentially remove the undesired tattoo altogether. At LCS Medical Spa in Seguin, TX, medical director Dr. Melanie Carreon performs tattoo removal with a sophisticated Astanza laser system. This laser energy device is known to yield better results than other old technology tattoo removal systems and may require fewer treatments. Our MedSpa location also allows us to conveniently serve the surrounding communities of San Antonio, San Marcos, New Braunfels, Houston, and Austin, TX for over 14 years!
"When I came to Dr. Carreon’s office I didn’t know what to expect. I had driven an hour and a half from my home just to find a “female doctor” who would understand my desire body shape. Mary put me at ease right away and Dr. Carreon fit me into her schedule right away. I’m delighted with my new waistline. It makes me feel young again, at 41."- Anonymous / Office Visit / May 10, 2009
"I’ve gone here for a couple of procedures but my latest one was the tattoo removal. The staff are just awesome and Dr. Carreon is straight forward about anything that you ask. Love that. This is where Ill Continue to come for any of the services she offers."- J.L. / Facebook / Feb 05, 2019
"I didn't think I would get any good results because I have so many scars from cancer surgery, but Dr Melanie Carreon worked her God's given gift, and gave me great results. Hands down the BEST...."- S.R. / Google / Feb 04, 2019
"I had a hydrafacial today. The treatment was superb and April was FANTASTIC!!! All the staff are great, but I had a nice conversation with April & she was super nice. Looking towards next months session."- M.M. / Facebook / Jan 21, 2019
"Emsculpt Amazing Results! - Dr Melanie Carreon has great bedside manner and trustworthy, thanks doc!"- W. / RealSelf / Nov 27, 2018
There are several factors which may increase the success of your laser tattoo removal. Good candidates for this procedure:
- Have strong immune systems. A strong immune system helps the body’s ability to dispose of the broken down ink properties.
- Are in good overall health. Not smoking and eating a well-balanced diet aid the body’s immune system in functioning at full capacity.
- Have strong contrast between the color of the ink and the pigment of the skin. Greater contrasts yield greater results.
- Have tattoos that are several years old. Older tattoos have a tendency to respond better to laser removal treatment.
Once Dr. Carreon decides that your skin is ideal for laser tattoo removal, the treatment area will be prepped with a thorough cleansing and an application of a numbing cream if needed. Dr. Carreon will then pass the handpiece over the surface of the skin as it emits pulsing laser light and energy. The treatment time can vary depending on the size and type of the tattoo. In some situations, the tattoo will require a number of treatments before noticeable results can be seen. This will all be discussed with you during your consultation.
What to Expect
After each treatment, an ointment will be applied to the skin along with bandages to keep the area protected. You should not be alarmed by swelling, redness, and sensitivity, as it is similar to the discomfort associated with receiving a tattoo. You may also feel a sunburned sensation followed by a slight scabbing. It is important to follow aftercare instructions precisely to expedite the healing process. After the site has completed healing, your next treatment session can be scheduled. Sessions typically will not be scheduled less than 2 – 4 weeks of each other.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost?
The cost of your tattoo removal will depend on the number of treatments needed and areas being addressed. Each patient case is unique and some patients require more sessions, while others may only need a few. During your private consultation, we can discuss the estimated cost of your treatment and help you find low-interest medical financing to make your care more affordable.
Any side effects?
Some patients experience redness, swelling, tenderness, crusting, sunburn sensation, or itching immediately after their treatment. Dr. Carreon will discuss your treatment plan, and explain what can be expected from your procedure.
Why so many sessions?
Size, color, location, and the age of the tattoo determine the number of treatments necessary to effectively remove the tattoo. During your consultation, the treatment regimen will be reviewed and any questions regarding the number of estimated sessions will be provided at that time.
When will I see results?
The results and appearance of the tattoo vary from patient to patient. After each treatment session, you will see the tattoo become lighter. Due to the various types of inks used in tattooing, the results and the number of treatments may vary. Typically, multiple treatments will be required and are scheduled 2 – 4 weeks apart.
Laser tattoo removal is the safest and quickest option to keep your skin intact and to effectively diminish the appearance of body art. In some cases, dermabrasion or microneedling may also be used as part of your treatment plan to aid in the removal process and to help maintain the health of your skin.
Remove the Past
Tattoos can be beautiful and mesmerizing as a reflection of your self-image and identity. However, when you have a tattoo that you no longer want, the thought of it being a permanent fixture on your body can be daunting. At LCS Medical Spa, we empathize and want to offer a solution. We use a successful, innovative tattoo removal system providing positive results to men and women all over the country. If you have a tattoo you want to remove or have questions about the removal process, we encourage you to call us today. We have been providing tattoo laser removal for over 14 years!