Dr. Ruth Yeilding, MD

Tattoo Removal

Tattoo removal is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that uses Q-switched YAG lasers to break down the ink pigments in a tattoo. YMD uses Yag laser technology that targets the pigment in the tattoo, heating and breaking it up into smaller particles that can be absorbed and eliminated by the body. The number of treatments required varies depending on the size, color, and age of the tattoo, as well as the individual’s skin type. On average, about eight sessions are required for effective tattoo removal. Not only does this procedure effectively fade unwanted tattoos, but the laser technology we use helps minimize the hypertrophic scars and surgery-related scarring, leaving you with clear, unblemished skin. 

More About Laser Tattoo Removal

How Can I Prepare for Laser Tattoo Removal?

The number of treatments needed to achieve optimal results depends on the size, color, and age of the tattoo.  Review your medical history with a healthcare professional. Prepare by adjusting your medications and skincare regimen as recommended by your doctor. Avoid exposure to UV rays as well as self-tanning products prior to treatment in order to avoid adverse reactions. Avoid waxing or tweezing for one to two weeks.

What Can I Expect?


Prior to your laser treatment, the skin will be numbed with an injection of a local anesthetic. After the procedure you may experience swelling and redness. In order to soothe any discomfort caused by the procedure, our laser specialist is happy to provide you with a cold compress.


The recovery period will vary from patient to patient. Antibacterial ointment will help to promote healing. There is potential for scarring as well as skin discoloration. It is important to discuss these concerns with your doctor so that we may help you achieve skin that you not only look good in, but feel confident in as well.


Additionally, this treatment will help minimize hypertrophic scars and surgery-related scarring, leaving you with clear, smooth skin. Reclaim your confidence and schedule a consultation today. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Here at YMD, we offer everything from surgical procedures, laser treatments, and aesthetic enhancements that help you feel as good as you look. 

Tattoo removal is generally safe for most skin types, but certain skin conditions or medical issues may affect the safety and effectiveness of the treatment. Your healthcare provider can evaluate your skin type and health history to determine if tattoo removal is appropriate for you.

Tattoo removal can cause some discomfort or a sensation of heat during the treatment, but most patients find it tolerable. Numbing cream or a cooling device may be used to reduce any discomfort during the procedure.

The number of tattoo removal treatments needed for optimal results depends on several factors, including the size, color, and age of the tattoo, as well as the individual's skin type and overall health. Generally, a series of 6-12 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart is recommended for best results.

While modern lasers can effectively remove most tattoo colors, some pigments may be more difficult to remove than others. Darker colors like black and blue are generally easier to remove, while lighter colors like yellow and green may require more treatments.

Prior to tattoo removal, it's important to avoid sun exposure and tanning beds for at least 2 weeks. Inform your healthcare provider of any medications you are taking or medical conditions you have that may affect the safety or effectiveness of the treatment. Additionally, it's important to follow any pre-treatment instructions provided by your healthcare provider to ensure the best possible results.


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