Tattoo Removal / Tattoo Fading

Tribal Expression has now been doing Tattoo Removal and Tattoo Fading for 3 years.  The main reason we got into tattoo removal , is to allow clients to have great quality cover-ups done.

If you look at it this way, the only thing that can cover a black tattoo (or darker) is a black tattoo, so if you have a larger black or darker piece, you will need to get a larger darker piece to cover it up, as well as your old tattoo will determine the shape of your new tattoo.

Well not any more, our high quality Q switching laser YAG can fade that dark tattoo and allow for a easy cover-up.


Why Come To Tribal Expression for a Tattoo Removal and what makes you as good or better than a laser facility?

We feel that one of our greatest tattoo removal assets is our knowledge of the application of the tattoos.  We have been in the piercing / tattooing business for 19+yrs.  In this time we have gained vast knowledge in the application of tattoos (we own one as well Smile)  during this time we have observed the tools changing and the inks changing; this has allowed us to give a better quote and properly adjust our laser for the exact skin condition and tattoo.  By knowing the era of when the tattoo was done, allows us to know what tattoo pigment was available in the tattooing industry at that time.  The tattooing and industry experience we have would be unmatched by any laser clinic.

In most laser clinics, the staff get 2-3 days of training on the cosmetic laser, many of these days are spent on doing laser photo facials.  In this time frame, how can they gain 19+yrs of experience??  They can't of course.  Here at Tribal we do not do any other laser services, nor do our lasers do anything but remove and fade tattoos.

Since this is not our primary source of business, so we can offer this service to our clients at a considerably lesser price than our competitors.


At Tribal we always offer free, NO obligation quotes.  Please call the studio to book a free consultation.


A Lot of factors can depend on the removal of your tattoo:

Age of the tattoo? (this can tell us the the type of tattoo pigment used in that era, allowing us to make a better quote)

Professionally done or ammature? (depth and pro ink or ammature)

Color of the tattoo:  Black and dark tattoos generally will fade in less time, where as sky blue and light greens, etc. are more time consuming to to remove.

Location of the tattoo: The area and the type of skin type can factor into the removal process.


How does Tattoo Removal work?? (thanks Wikipedia)

Tattoos consist of thousands of particles of tattoo pigment suspended in the skin.  While normal human growth and healing processes will remove small foreign particles from the skin, tattoo pigment particles are permanent because they are too big to be removed.  Laser treatment causes tattoo pigment particles to heat up and fragment into smaller pieces.  These smaller pieces are then removed by normal body processes.

Destruction of tattoo pigments depends on four factors:

The color of the light must penetrate sufficiently deep into the skin to reach the tattoo pigment.

The color of the laser light must be more highly absorbed by the tattoo pigment than the surrounding skin.  Different tattoo pigments therefore, require different laser colors.  For example, red light is highly absorbed by green tattoo pigments.

The time duration (pulse duration) of the laser energy must be very short, so that the tattoo pigment is heated to fragmentation temperature before its heat can dissipate to the surrounding skin.  Otherwise, heating of the surrounding tissue can cause burns or scars.  For laser tattoo removal, this duration should be on the order of nanoseconds.

Sufficient energy must be delivered during each laser pulse to heat the pigment to fragmentation.  If the energy is too low, pigment will not fragment and no removal will take place.


How Much Does It Cost?


Tattoo removal is priced by the session and every quote can be different.  Our minimum charge is $60.00 and the average removal is around $160.00 - $300.00 per session.

We do offer packages, and they are less money :)

This is also not our primary source of business, and we offer this service for our clients at a considerably lesser price than our competitors.



Tribal Expression's Laser facts:

Tribal Currently has (2) 1064nm and 532nm q switching lasers

Q-switched Frequency-doubled Nd:Yag: 532 nm.

This laser creates a green light which is highly absorbed by red and orange targets.  Useful primarily for red and orange tattoo pigments, this wave length is also highly absorbed by melanin (the chemical which gives skin color or tan) which makes the laser wavelength effective for age spot or sun spot removal.

Q-switched Nd:YAG: 1064 nm.

This laser creates a near-infrared light (invisible to humans) which is poorly absorbed by melanin, making this the only laser suitable for darker skin.  This laser wavelength is also absorbed by all dark tattoo pigments and is the safest wavelength to use on the tissue, due to the low melanin absorption and low hemoglobin absorption.  This is the wavelength of choice for tattoo removal in darker skin types.


Tattoo Cover Ups Facts:

Once you have a dark colored tattoo the only thing that will cover it is a darker tattoo and a larger tattoo.

We're a lot of the problem lies with tattoo removal is a lot of tattoos are either already black or are large & the client does not want to tattoo darker and larger.

The alternative to this can be tattoo fading, this allows us to treat the tattoo only two or three times. This will not remove the tattoo or necessarily make the existing tattoo look good, go it will fade the tattoo to a light gray color to allow the tattoo artist to tattoo over top of it like it didn't exist.

Getting laser fading done and getting re-tattooed can sometimes be a cheaper option then getting a full tattoo removed depending on the size of peace.







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