Tattoo Removal FAQs

Tattoo Removal FAQs


How does laser tattoo removal work?

Laser tattoo removal works by using specific wavelengths of laser to do two things to the existing, unwanted, tattoo:

  1. Solidify the ink
  2. Shatter that solidified ink into countless little pieces

The body, then, takes those tiny particles of shatttered ink and processes them naturally through your lymphatic system. It does not cause “blood poisoning”, harm the liver, cause cancer, or anything like that.

How much does laser tattoo removal cost, per treatment (and what’s the overall price)?

The cost, per treatment, depends on the size of the tattoo. Please see our tattoo removal page, at the bottom, for a list of approximate prices. The number of treatments needed depends on the darkness of the tattoo, the depth and amount of ink, and many other variables. We can give you an approximate number of treatments when we see you in the office for a free consultation. You can also email Dr. Chavez photos for a “virtual consult” (

Do tattoo removal creams work?

We wish they did (for our clients’ sake), but, sadly, they don’t (at least not well!) We’ve had many, many clients try them, and we’ve heard everything from “it didn’t do anthing” to “it burned and scarred my skin”. One client said it seemed to lighten his tattoos about 10-15%, but it took about a year to do it (and he got tired of buying it every month.)

Are there ways to remove tattoos from home?

Not safely or well! We’ve had many clients try to sand off their tattoo, erase their tattoo with a pencil eraser, cut their tattoos out, or dremmel their tattoo… but, they come here when they’re left with scarring, and persistent tattoo ink. The ink is simply too deep to safely remove at home!

What about tattooing the tattoo with acid?

We’ve seen a lot of clients try this, too. They are left, virtually every time, with a scar and persistent tattoo ink.

Does laser tattoo removal hurt (how much pain should I expect with my laser tattoo removal treatments?)

Some colors hurt more than others, but, we try to make it as comfortable as possible for you. We offer FREE topical anesthetic (“numbing cream”). We also use a special piece of equipment (Zimmer) that was designed to help numb the skin. It does this by blowing very cold air on the area. Injectable anesthetic is available, if needed.*

What aftercare is needed after laser tattoo removal?

You simply need to keep the area protected from trauma (rubbing aggressively against clothing, for example), and keep it clean. Some clients like to use a triple antibiotic ointment, such as neosporin. We don’t recommend swimming in swimming pools or using hot tubs during the healing process.*

If  you have any specific Tattoo Removal questions or for more information, please email Dr. Chavez directly at: or call or text her directly at 505-888-3733.

If you would like to schedule an appointment click here.

*Individual results may vary.

Clearwaves Medical Laser Group | 1120 Juan Tabo Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112 | 505-888-3733