Tattoo Removal 101

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Everything you need to know about Tattoo Removal and Laser Tattoo Removal

We offer both the Cynosure PicoSure® and Tattoo Vanish® non laser tattoo removal methods.


The process of tattooing creates permanent markings on the skin and the process of tattoo removal is the removing these markings from the skin. Since the dawn of man, people have put permanent markings on their skin using inks, dyes, and pigments into the dermis layer of their skin.  They use different processes and techniques such as hand-tapped traditional tattoos to modern tattoo devices.


The types of tattoos people put on their bodies range from decorative with no specific meaning, symbolic tattoos with meaning to the person. They could be pictorial that depicts a person, animal, or item. Many tattoos depict pledges of love with a person’s name, symbols of religious or spiritual devotion, rites of passage, bravery, marks of status, or forms of punishment on slaves, prisoners, and convicts.


There are many reasons people want to remove their tattoos.  These are the most common ones:

  • Taste have changed – as people get older what they liked when they were younger is no longer important in their lives now.
  • Poor quality tattoo – a person may want a good quality tattoo but end up with a blotched tattoo that they don’t like
  • Social Perception – as times change, tattoos that were once socially acceptable may become unpopular or distasteful.
  • Family – when you were younger, you didn’t think about having a family and having your kids ask about your tattoos of the past.
  • Breakup – Often people in love will put their sweethearts name tattooed as a symbol of their love. Unfortunately, breakups occur, and you no longer want their name or image on you.
  • Job requirements – depending on your employment, some employers do not want their staff to be showing off their tattoos.
  • Want something new – some people may just be tired of looking at the same tattoo they’ve had for years and want to update them with something new and fresh.


Tattoo removal falls into two categories, non-laser, and laser tattoo removal

Prior to the invention of laser tattoo removal, people had to settle for other tattoo removal methods.  Here are the most popular non-laser tattoo removal methods.

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Tattoo removal falls into two categories, non-laser, and laser tattoo removal

Prior to the invention of laser tattoo removal, people had to settle for other tattoo removal methods.  Here are the most popular non-laser tattoo removal methods.

Saline tattoo removal

Saline tattoo removal uses a saline solution to remove or lighten your tattoos. The method involves breaking the skin to reach the tattoo ink and placing the saline solution to pull the ink out of the skin. The saline helps break up the pigment in the skin and starts to lift the pigment out of the skin by osmosis. After the treatment a scab forms and the pigment slowly is pulled to the surface, when the scab falls off, some of the pigment will come out as well leaving a lighter tattoo. In recent times, a tattoo machine is used to break the skin to reach the tattoo ink.

Dermabrasion tattoo removal

Dermabrasion tattoo removal is a surgical procedure where a medical grinding tool is used to remove the outer skin layers. The purpose is to remove the layers of the skin that contain the ink particles, thus removing the tattoo. This procedure is painful, so a numbing cream is used during the treatment.  The open wound heals, and a scab is formed. This process could lead to significant scarring and should be performed by people well trained in this technique.

Surgical tattoo removal

Surgical tattoo removal involves using a scalpel to remove the tattoo and stitching it back afterwards.  The procedure can remove the tattoo in one session; however the drawback is the scar created by the incision and stitches.

Chemical Peel tattoo removal

A chemical peel tattoo removal involves using trichloroacetic acid (TCA) on the tattoo to remove the outer layer of the skin and with it the tattoo ink. Using TCA will result in an open wound that needs to be cared for after the treatment.  A scab will form in about 5-7 days.

Tattoo Removal Creams

Tattoo removal creams are sold in many stores. The aim is to place the cream on the tattoo in the hope that it will fade away. Unfortunately tattoo creams do not work.  Tattoo creams usually contain ingredients like glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid (TCA), and/or hydroquinone. Unlike the pure TCA mentioned above, these creams merely exfoliate the surface of your skin (the epidermis). However, your tattoo is deposited in the second layer of your skin (dermis), so the cream is not strong enough to reach this second layer.

Cryosurgery tattoo removal

Cryosurgery tattoo removal involves freezing your skin with liquid nitrogen and sanding the skin layers off.  This procedure is painful and requires a local anesthesia. This type of tattoo removal method can leave scars, blisters, infection, and scabbing.


Q-Switched Laser

A Q-Switch laser, sometimes known as Q-switching or Q-spoiling, is a technique by which a laser can be made to create a pulsed output beam.  This technique allows the formation of light pulses with extremely high peak power.  Q-Switch lasers work by breaking up the ink pigment into smaller particles through the powerful bursts of energy. Q-Switch lasers work in nanoseconds, compared to the newer picosecond lasers that have become the gold standard in laser tattoo removal.

Picosecond Laser

In 2013, Cynosure’s Picosure laser was introduced as the world’s first picosecond laser indicated for the removal of tattoos and benign, pigmented lesions. The development of the picosecond laser was a breakthrough in innovation in laser technology and revolutionized many laser treatments since then.

According to Cynosure, PicoSure is the number one picosecond aesthetic laser in the world. It is faster and more comfortable than any other tattoo removal method and has made the biggest headway in the laser tattoo removal industry.

Dr. Roy Geronemus, director of the Laser and Skin Surgery Center in New York conducted a study on PicoSure. In his trial, the multi-coloured tattoos that were treated with PicoSure indicated a greater than 80% overall tattoo clearance. According to Dr. Geronemus, the PicoSure laser’s short pulse duration erases tattoo pigment more efficiently, leading to a higher level of patient satisfaction and improved results compared with current Q-switched technology.

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Tattoo Vanish ®

Tattoo Vanish is like saline, however the all-natural proprietary ingredients make it a more effective non-laser treatment than plain saline. With this method, the skin with the tattoo is gone over with a traditional tattoo machine until the ink is reached.  The Tattoo Vanish cream is place on the open wound for a few minutes.  The tattoo is then bandaged and in about 5-7 days a scab will form. As the scab starts to flake off the ink will come off with it.  This process usually takes less sessions than laser and is our 2nd most popular choice for tattoo removal besides laser.  Often this method is used for very small tattoos or tattoos near the eyes and eyebrows.  This method also can remove all ink colours including white and can be done on all skin types.  For more information about Tattoo Vanish click here.

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Tattoo Removal Q & A

How many sessions to removal tattoo?

On average it takes between 6 to 10 sessions to remove a tattoo. There is a 6 to 8 weeks healing period in between sessions as well.  The number of sessions will depend on the age, colours, size, and location of the tattoo.  Smaller line tattoos will take fewer sessions than larger tattoos with lots of ink.

Does tattoo removal hurt?

The tattoo removal process is very fast, usually 5 to 15 minutes. A numbing cream is used prior to the treatment to help remove any discomfort.

Does tattoo removal leave scars?

PicoSure laser tattoo removal has become the gold standard because of its safety and efficacy. Scarring is very rare, but it could happen. People with darker skin are more prone to the loss of pigmentation.

Will skin be the same after tattoo removal?

If your tattoo isn’t raised, then the PicoSure laser tattoo removal should keep your skin the same post treatment.

Can a tattoo be fully removed?

Yes, a tattoo can be fully removed but it does take many sessions to remove it. The PicoSure is the safest and fastest method to remove your tattoos completely.

Can a tattoo be fully removed?

Yes, a tattoo can be fully removed but it does take many sessions to remove it. The PicoSure is the safest and fastest method to remove your tattoos completely.


According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), in 2020, the cost of laser tattoo removal averaged $423 USD (not counting related expenses).

How much does it cost to remove a tattoo in Toronto? At Laser Skin Clinic, we offer a FLAT RATE $197 tattoo removal pricing for tattoos up to 6” x 6”. This pricing method removes most of the guess work trying to figure out how large your tattoo is.  If you are looking for a tattoo removal near me, why not check Laser Skin Clinic located at 9140 Leslie St #301, Richmond Hill.  We have performed many tattoo removal procedures with our gold standard PicoSure lasers.

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