There are a myriad of reasons you might want to remove a tattoo, and fortunately, laser tattoo removal is an excellent option.

In this procedure, lasers are used to emit intense, ultra-quick pulses of light energy; the wavelengths of this light safely penetrate through the skin and selectively target the ink particles trapped in the skin’s deepest layer, the dermis. The ink particles absorb the light energy, heat up, and shatter into tiny fragments, leaving all surrounding skin tissue unharmed. The fragmented ink particles are then collected by the blood cells and naturally disposed through the lymphatic system.

Each tattoo has varying layers of ink particles, so multiple sessions (typically between five and 10) are needed to break down the tattoo and speed up the natural fading process. For older, faded tattoos, fewer sessions are needed. Over a series of treatments, the tattoo gradually fades. Each visit is short (typically 30 minutes or less depending on the size of the tattoo). The procedure is typically well-tolerated, with many patients comparing the laser sensation to having a tattoo applied or to rubber band being snapped against the skin.

Learn more about the Astanza Trinity technology used by Muskegon Surgical Associates.

Side Effects

The most common side effects of laser tattoo removal are redness, swelling, itchiness, scabbing, blistering, and skin pigmentation changes. These side effects are temporary and heal over the weeks following a treatment.

Aftercare Tips

Proper aftercare i s the most important step to ensuring clear skin and ink-free results. Cold compresses can be applied to the treatment site after a session. This helps reduce any discomfort and inflammation. Tylenol or Motrin may also be taken for added comfort, however, Aspirin should be avoided as it can increase risks of bruising and/or bleeding. Showers can be taken as long as high pressure water does not hit the treatment site. Baths, swimming, and hot tubs should be avoided at all costs to reduce the chance of infection. Blisters and scabs are a common side effect to laser treatment and though unsightly, are natural reactions to the healing process. If blisters or scabs form, they should be protected and allowed to pop or flake off on their own. Sunblock of SPF 25 or higher should be applied to the treatment site once i t has completely healed. If extreme reactions or i nfection occur, immediately contact our office for help.

MSA Tattoo Removal for Those In Need

Muskegon Laser Tattoo Removal, a division of Muskegon Surgical Associates, delivers complete tattoo removal, partial or selective tattoo removal, and lightening or fading for tattoos in preparation for a cover-up tattoo.

We’re pleased to offer tattoo removal at a deep discount to local organizations helping former convicts and sex trafficking victims, including The Hope Project. Former convicts may have gang tattoos or face and hand tattoos that could make finding employment more difficult, while sex trafficking victims may have been ‘ branded’ with tattoos. Removal of these tattoos can help these populations make a fresh start without painful, visible reminders of their past. Our clinic utilizes the latest in laser technology to ensure your skin achieves its desired look in the fewest number of treatments possible. Contact us to schedule an appointment.


Tattoo Removal Overview

FAQ & Aftercare Tips