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Laser Tattoo Removal: Realistic Expectations

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Managing Expectations for Laser Tattoo Removal with PicoWay Laser

Welcome to our comprehensive guide on managing expectations for cosmetic tattoo and traditional laser tattoo removal using the innovative PicoWay laser technology. At DAELA Cosmetic Tattoo in Portland, Oregon, we are committed to educating our clients and helping them make informed decisions about their laser tattoo removal journey. Let’s dig in with Bella, DAELA Portland’s Master Technician and Laser Safety Specialist.

Understanding PicoWay Laser Technology

PicoWay is a cutting-edge laser technology that offers significant advantages over traditional laser tattoo removal methods. Unlike older lasers, PicoWay uses ultra-short pulses to break down ink particles more effectively, resulting in less heat and higher efficacy. This translates to fewer sessions and a more comfortable experience for you.

Number of Sessions Required for Laser Tattoo Removal

What to Expect:

Estimating the number of sessions for laser tattoo removal is complicated before any work has been done. There are unknown factors such as the ingredients in the inks used on your body, the depth they have been applied, and if they have been covered over already. At DAELA it is important to manage expectations and we also don’t want to overpromise and underdeliver. What we did do, is buy the best laser on the market. A laser that works on all skin types and all ink colors. This ensures us that we are starting from the right starting point and not fighting an uphill battle.

All that being said, here are some general guidelines:

  • Traditional Tattoos: The number of sessions needed can vary based on the size, color, depth, and age of your tattoo. On average, traditional tattoos require 6-12 sessions for significant fading or complete removal.
  • Cosmetic Tattoos: Due to the different types of pigments used in cosmetic tattoos, the average number of sessions ranges from 3-6.
  • Personalized Plan: Each tattoo is unique, and we will provide you with a customized treatment plan during your consultation.
Laser Tattoo Removal: Realistic Expectations
Realistic Expectations: After one session of removing the top and tail of an older, darker ink, cosmetic tattoo. By Bella at DAELA Portland.

Pain and Discomfort During Laser Tattoo Removal

What to Expect:

  • The Sensation: During PicoWay treatments pain is often compared to the feeling of getting a tattoo. Some describe it as a snapping sensation on the skin.
  • Pain Management: We offer various pain management options, including topical anesthetics and cooling devices to ensure your comfort during the procedure.
  • Post-Session Care: It’s normal to experience some redness and swelling after each session. We will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions to manage any discomfort and promote healing.
Laser Tattoo Removal: Realistic Expectations
Realistic Expectations: After one session removal of a cosmetic tattoo with lighter inks as the base. By Bella at DAELA Portland

Possibility of Full Removal with Laser Tattoo Removal Machines

What to Expect:

  • The success of full tattoo removal depends on several factors, including your skin type, the characteristics of your tattoo, and its location on your body.
  • While many clients achieve complete removal, some tattoos may only significantly fade. Cosmetic tattoos, in particular, can be challenging due to the nature of the pigments used. But, in most cases with cosmetic tattoos, the goal is simply to remove enough that a new tattoo can be applied with minimal to no color correction, resulting in a beautiful, finished product!

During laser tattoo Removal Session
During Session: After numbing takes hold, the removal process for brow tattoos takes just a few minutes. By Bella at DAELA Portland

Post Laser Tattoo Removal Care and Expectations

What to Expect:

  • Following aftercare instructions is crucial for optimal results. This includes keeping the area clean, avoiding sun exposure, and not picking at any scabs or blisters that may form.
  • Side effects such as blistering and scabbing do not happen for every customer, but they are not to be concerned about, easily managed with proper care. Our team will provide you with all the necessary aftercare guidance.
  • It may take several weeks to see the full results of each session, and the skin healing process can vary from person to person. The laser breaks up the inks into tiny pigment particles that your body can eliminate, this elimination can take 4-6 weeks.

Laser Tattoo Removal Cost Considerations

What to Expect:

  • The cost of laser tattoo removal depends on several factors, including the number of sessions required, the size of the tattoo, and the location of our clinic.
  • We clearly post our session pricing on our website, and we will provide you with a detailed cost estimate during your consultation.

Consulting with a Professional

What to Expect:

  • Choosing a qualified and experienced practitioner is essential for a safe and effective laser tattoo removal process. At DAELA Cosmetic Tattoo, our professionals are highly trained in PicoWay technology.
  • During your initial consultation, we will discuss your goals, evaluate your tattoo, and create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs.


At DAELA Portland, we are dedicated to providing you with the highest level of care and expertise in laser tattoo removal. Our laser tattoo removal machine is operated by Dr Elizabeth McElligot and Master Technician & Laser Safety Officer Bella. By understanding the process, pain levels, number of sessions required, and the possibility of full removal, you can make an informed decision and have realistic expectations about your tattoo removal journey with PicoWay laser technology.

Contact us today to schedule your consultation and take the first step towards achieving your desired results.