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Tattoo Removal Options

There are different tattoo removal options. But before we get into how tattoos are removed, let’s discuss how permanent tattoos are made.

Permanent tattoos are made by injecting the tattoo ink repeatedly at varying depths into the dermis.

Someone drawing a tattoo

Because ink is a foreign body and the tattoo machine or needle creates a wound, the body sends macrophages to close the wound and swallow the foreign body. (Think of macrophages as militants that tour the bloodstream looking for foreign particles to devour.)

But the pigment particles of the ink are too large to be destroyed by the macrophages. So the only way to get rid of the pigment particles of the tattoo ink would be to shatter them into smaller particles that the macrophages can swallow.

This is where the use of laser for tattoo erasure comes in.

How Laser Tattoo Removal Works

During the laser tattoo removal procedure, the specialist guides the laser over the tattoo to be removed. The laser produces pulses of light energy which penetrates the skin.

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The tattoo ink in the dermis absorbs this energy, heats up, and then shatters into tiny fragments. All these happen in nanoseconds. The shattering of the ink particles into fragments makes it possible for the macrophages to swallow them, and the immune system to flush them away.

It takes weeks for the immune system to flush away the ink fragments. As it does, you’ll notice the tattoo fade.

You’ll have to go for more than one session before the tattoo clears completely. This is because the ink is injected at different depths into the dermis. So the laser tackles the ink pigments layer by layer.

Ideally, there should be about 4-6 weeks gap between each session to allow the body flush out the ink particles and heal properly. For the tattoo to clear completely, you may have to report for about 5-10 sessions.

But there’s a faster way to get the result you want, and that’s what we’ll discuss in the next section.

DESCRIBE® PFD Patch Tattoo Removal

To speed up your tattoo removal in the most comfortable way possible, Ink Doubt also offers laser tattoo removal treatment with PFD Patch.


It’s faster, safer, and more effective to use this accessory during laser tattoo removal. Here’s why:

The DESCRIBE® PFD Patch is a silicone laser accessory that allows for multiple laser passes in just one session. This is possible because perfluorodecalin (PFD), a special liquid contained in the patch, dissolves gas and provides oxygen to the skin. This makes your skin more tolerant of the laser treatment, allowing for multi-passes in a single laser session.

So while other tattoo removal clinics may make you come for up to 10 sessions before you get the result you want, at Ink Doubt you’ll experience better clearance with fewer treatments.

You should know that without the PFD Patch, your tattoo can be treated only once in a single laser session. Anything more than that can cause epidermal injury. We don’t want that for you.

As an exclusive provider of PFD Patch treatment in Denver, we guarantee you’ll be delighted with the results you’ll get in our clinic.

However, we should inform you that there could be side effects of using the PFD Patch, such as erythema, pain, and edema. But not to worry, they can be treated easily.

But hey! There’s even better news for that tattoo you want removed. I’m talking about an advanced laser treatment option called…

The Astanza Trinity

We invested in this advanced laser treatment option because we know how much you value your time and how quickly you’ll like to get that tattoo off your skin.

Astanza Trinity laser tattoo removal

Let me tell you what makes the Astanza Trinity tattoo removal laser system special.

The Astanza laser tattoo removal system treats at three (3) versatile wavelengths via two standalone systems- a Q-switched Nd: YAG laser and a Q-switched ruby laser. It also produces high energy and features a variety of beam improvements. These give it the ability to remove virtually any tattoo quickly, safely, and effectively.

Most laser tattoo erasure systems treat at only 2 wavelengths at most. Do you see why we are ahead of our competitors?

When it comes to laser treatment, no one comes half-way near Ink Doubt in Englewood, Denver, and its environs. We’ve made certain of this. This is not a mere claim, it’s a fact and we have our laser tattoo technologies to back this up.

Other tattoo removal options are:

  • Dermabrasion
  • Chemical Peels
  • Surgical Excision


The idea of this tattoo erasure procedure is to use a medical grinding tool to remove the layers of the skin containing the ink particles, thereby removing the tattoo as well.

This method of tattoo removal hurts and causes skin discoloration, especially for dark-skinned people. To help with the pain, you’ll most likely be given an anaesthetics during the procedure.

After the procedure, the treated area will be prone to infection, sensitive and blotchy. To prevent the treated area from getting infected, occasionally wash it with soap + water, clean it with an antibiotic ointment and dress it.

It should heal in few weeks. 2-3 at most.

Chemical Peels:

As the name implies, this method involves peeling the skin using chemical- Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) to be specific.

Sincerely, this method isn’t an effective tattoo removal option as the chemical will affect only the outer layer of your skin. Meanwhile, the ink pigments reside mainly in the inner layer (dermis).

Most people opt for this tattoo removal option when their desired result is to fade their tattoo (probably for re-tattooing), not complete removal.

Surgical Excision

Think of this as a cut-and-close procedure.

During surgical excision of tattoo, the tatted skin is cut out then the skin surrounding the area is brought together and closed.

This tattoo removal procedure will work for only small tattoos.


The last 3 tattoo removal options discussed are not as effective as the use of laser for tattoo removal.

At Ink Doubt, we care a lot about the results you’ll get after you visit our clinic for your tattoo removal. Laser has proven over the years to be the most efficient tattoo removal option that’s why we invest heavily in it.

To get started with your tattoo removal treatment, schedule an appointment with us HERE. We can’t wait to be part of your new skin look journey 🤗.

Meanwhile, you can prep yourself by reading our article on Before and After Tattoo Removal: Care Tips.