Tattoo Removal FAQs

How Much Does it Cost? How Does it Work?
A Laser Academy at Rethink the Ink is the most in-depth and comprehensive laser tattoo removal school currently available. You will learn the ins and outs of the tattoo removal process from trained professional with decades of experience. Anyone can attend! The academy provides courses for everyone from medical doctors to entrepreneurs looking for a new business opportunities and industry professionals searching for higher education in the field.
During your free consultation, we will estimate the amount of treatments your tattoo removal will take based on coloring, placement and size, with size being the most important factor. Once we have determined how many treatments you will need, we can estimate the cost of your removal procedure. Financing and military/emergency discounts are available.
At Rethink the Ink, individuals younger than 18 can be treated for tattoo removal with parental consent.
For those traveling in for treatment, Rethink the Ink can arrange pick up and drop off at Denver International Airport. Typically, we recommend six hours between the time you land and departure time. This allows for car service to our clinic, one session of tattoo removal treatment, and return service to the airport.
It is easier to remove tattoos from the places on your body that receive more circulation of blood. For example: it would be easier to remove ink from the belly, neck, or chest than from a finger or toe. However, it is possible to remove tattoos from extremities with proper treatment and equipment. See our Before and After Photos page for proof.
We begin each tattoo removal treatment with a test of the laser on a small spot. This way we can determine how your skin will react to UV light and other effects of the removal treatment.
At Rethink the Ink we use a Quanta Q-Plus C laser, the only true wave length, Q-switched system available in the world. This laser is capable of administering more power than other lasers with less adverse reaction. It is one of the only lasers in the world that has the proven ability to remove full color ink from a variety of skin types.

Many other lasers use antiquated circular light which is unevenly distributed and creates hot spots. These hot spots are what cause breaking of the skin, severe blistering, and scarring. Quanta’s square beam distributes energy evenly throughout your tissue, leaving no hot spots, but delivering twice the power to break up your tattoo.

At Rethink the Ink, clients have less than a 5% chance of walking away with permanent scarring after laser tattoo removal. Because we use the latest in technology and technique, you will receive the safest and most effective treatment available today.
We will start your tattoo removal process with 4 weeks in between treatments. Gradually we progress to 6 weeks, and then 8 weeks between treatments near the end of your process. We believe it is most effective to give your body time to digest the ink after each treatment. By taking time off between removal treatments you are guaranteed the best results.
To keep your tattoo protected between treatments, keep your skin dry and out of the sun. Do not place any ointments or bandages over the tattoo and stay away from tanning machines and spray tanning.
In the past, after tattoo removal treatments, clients are in bandages 1-3 weeks after each removal process. With the new laser technology at Rethink the Ink, you can expect to be in bandages for only about 3 hours. After getting treated, you will likely see swelling and redness for 24-72 hours and your skin will feel like it has a mild sunburn.
Tattoo removal treatment is typically a very quick process which only takes a few minutes to complete. Time spent in clinic per treatment typically doesn’t exceed 30 minutes.
The number of laser treatments needed to fully remove your tattoo is dependent on many factors including the size, color, and the depth of penetration of the ink for your particular piece. An amateur or homemade tattoo may only need 2-5 treatments. A professional multi-colored design might need 5-12, or more, treatments. One of the reasons Rethink the Ink offers a free consultation is to discuss how many treatments are necessary to remove your unique tattoo.
Laser tattoo removal stings a little. Clients have compared it to having an elastic band snapped against the skin. At Rethink the Ink we use a specialized Cooling System which applies chilled air to maximize your comfort.
Everyone can benefit from laser tattoo removal treatment regardless of whether your tattoo was previously treated. At Rethink the Ink we work on tattoos in all stages from brand new, to many years old, previously treated, or faded by light or sun exposure. We will treat your tattoo properly using a Quanta Q-Plus C, the only true wavelength Q-switched tattoo removal system available in the world. Rethink the Ink specializes in getting it right the first time and even repairing tattoo removal work done by other clinics with older technology.
The great majority of tattoos, whether professionally done or homemade, respond to laser treatments at Rethink the Ink. Some pigments, especially green, orange and yellow are more difficult to remove than others, but even these touchy pigments typically respond given enough treatments. Part of what separates Rethink the Ink from other laser tattoo removal clinics is our ability to remove a full spectrum of colors. Many other clinics are restricted by older technology which only allows them to remove certain hues.

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At Rethink the Ink we understand that tattoo removal can be a daunting process. We offer free consultations to allow you time to learn about our process, ask any questions you might have, and become fully comfortable with the removal treatment before beginning. If you can provide us with your health history, type of tattoo, and age of tattoo, one of our laser tattoo removal specialists (LTRS) and certified laser technicians (CLT) will explain your options for tattoo removal and answer any questions you may have including providing a price for your treatment.