Tattoo Removal Specialist

CareLife Medical

Internal Medicine & Primary Care located in Fairfax, VA & Richmond, VA

Studies show that nearly a quarter of adults with tattoos regret at least one of their pieces of body art. If you’ve lost your appreciation for a tattoo, Fatima Aziz, MD, provides laser tattoo removal services at CareLife Medical in Fairfax & Richmond, Virginia, with minimal discomfort and downtime. To book your first tattoo removal session, simply call the clinic or use the online scheduling tool today.

Tattoo Removal Q & A

What is tattoo removal?

Tattoo removal is a laser procedure that allows you to erase tattoos you regret. While tattoos are a way to express yourself and your interests, these change over time. 

No matter your reason for wanting a piece to disappear, laser tattoo removal can help you safely achieve clear skin or make room for more ink.

How does tattoo removal work?

At CareLife Medical, Dr. Aziz uses the Enlighten® laser tattoo removal system by Cutera®. The Enlighten device emits pulses of light that penetrate your skin and break the ink of your tattoo into tiny particles that your body absorbs.

In using pulses of light instead of a steady stream, Dr. Aziz minimizes unwanted damage to your skin and reduces your recovery time between sessions. 

While tattoo removal procedures have a reputation for being painful or hard to sit through, Enlighten’s pulsing technology minimizes your discomfort.

The Enlighten device is dual-wavelength, meaning that it emits two wavelengths of light at one time. This helps remove tattoos of any color since different pigments respond well to different wavelengths.

How long does tattoo removal take?

There are many factors at play in deciding how long it takes to remove a particular tattoo. When predicting how many sessions you’ll require, Dr. Aziz considers these features of your tattoo:

  • Size
  • Shape
  • Pigments
  • Age
  • Ink type
  • Ink depth
  • Location on your body

It’s rare for a tattoo to completely disappear with just one session. You should expect to return to CareLife Medical multiple times, allowing some time for healing in between to achieve full removal.

What should I expect at my tattoo removal appointments?

When you arrive at your laser tattoo removal session, Dr. Aziz assesses your tattoo. Then, she gives you protective eyewear to avoid incidental damage from the laser. If it’s your first appointment, she might test the laser on your skin before delving into the session. 

Dr. Aziz may offer you a numbing cream to apply before the treatment, but it isn’t painful enough to warrant any form of anesthesia. Once the two- to 30-minute session is over, your tattoo looks lighter than when you arrived. 

Dr. Aziz may give you an antibiotic cream to apply over the area to avoid infection and you should use sunscreen when outside.

You don’t have to live with a tattoo design on your body that you don’t like or that didn’t turn out as planned. For tattoo removal services, call or book an appointment online at CareLife Medical today.