The Tattoo Removal Process

Who can get a tattoo removed?

All skin tones and types may be treated by the Asclepion TattooStar Effect laser. However, not everyone is a viable candidate for tattoo removal. We don’t recommend tattoo removal for pregnant or nursing women, anyone with uncontrolled diabetes, or individuals with new tattoos acquired within the last three months. Smokers may require more treatments to achieve a desired effect as smoking can inhibit the effects on the immune system.


Anyone thinking about tattoo removal will meet with a health care professional for an in-person consultation. We’ll find out a bit about you, your medical history, and your expectation for the end result—whether it’s removing a tattoo in its entirety or lightening certain areas of a tattoo.

During consultation, we measure the size of your tattoo and evaluate color composition. After examining your tattoo, we’ll give you an estimate with recommended treatment sessions to achieve your desired results. Tattoo removal cost depends on tattoo size and number of recommended treatment sessions.

How long does it take to remove a tattoo?


Full tattoo removal can often be achieved in 5-12 sessions, spaced out every 4-6 weeks. Most tattoos require a full year for complete removal. Some patients may be eligible for the R20 tattoo removal method, which removes tattoos in a shorter period of time than traditional laser tattoo removal.

R20 Tattoo Removal Technique

ERASE is the only tattoo removal studio in the Chicago area offering the R20 tattoo removal procedure. R20 stacks up to four treatments into one visit to ERASE, removing and lightening tattoos in a shorter period of time than traditional laser tattoo removal. Patients typically see dramatic lightening after a single session.

A few R20 sessions are still required to remove the tattoo to the patient’s liking, but the process is significantly faster than traditional laser tattoo removal. During your consultation, a health care professional will evaluate your tattoo to see if it’s eligible for R20 tattoo removal.

Individual Treatment Sessions

Individual treatment sessions, from walking in to exiting, last about 20-30 minutes. patients wear protective eyewear during the procedure.

Tattoo removal is typically associated with some discomfort. ERASE uses a variety of techniques to minimize discomfort. patients may elect to apply topical anesthetic cream 20-25 minutes prior to a session. The first time this is used, we’ll supervise the application. Patients may apply topical cream themselves before subsequent visits.

During the procedure, ice can be applied in intervals to help minimize discomfort. The Zimmer Chiller, a skin-cooling device using a stream of cold air to soothe skin, also helps to provide relief.

Before a Tattoo Removal Session

Two weeks prior to treatment sessions, patients should eat well and get plenty of rest. Your immune system is an integral part of the tattoo removal process and should function optimally, or the tattoo removal process may be slowed. Patients should not deliberately tan during this preparation time. Minimizing sunlight exposure and using high-quality sunscreen during the tattoo removal process is recommended.


Proper care of the treated area helps to prevent infection. The treated area should be gently cleansed with soap, followed by an application of a water-based antibiotic ointment. An aftercare kit provided at each visit includes antibiotic ointment and dressings to cover the treated area. These dressings stay on 3-5 days and should be changed daily.

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