Laser Tattoo Removal

Laser Tattoo Removal


Introduction to Laser Tattoo Removal

There are many reasons why you may want to remove a tattoo, but you may be worried the procedure will be difficult or painful. Tattoo removal technology has come a long way in recent years, allowing our doctor to easily remove his patients’ unwanted tattoos with less discomfort and minimal damage to the skin. Laser tattoo removal is a safe and effective way to remove unwanted tattoos of all colors on any skin tone. If you want to remove your tattoo for personal or professional reasons, Skin Care at 5th Ave. provides laser tattoo removal services for patients in our hometown of Peachtree City, Newnan, Fayetteville, and all over the greater Atlanta area.

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What is Laser Tattoo Removal?

Lasers can remove tattoos by breaking up the ink with a light beam, allowing the body’s natural healing process to flush the ink particles more easily.

Dr. Joseph C. Galitzin from Skin Care at 5th Ave. uses state-of-the-art PicoSure® lasers for safe and effective tattoo removal at his Peachtree City, office serving the greater Atlanta area. Tattoo removal technology has come a long way in recent years, allowing our doctor to easily remove his patients’ unwanted ink with less discomfort and minimal damage to the skin. Dr. Galitzin is even able to remove bright ink colors that were previously difficult to erase.

What are the Benefits of Laser Tattoo Removal?

In addition to getting rid of a tattoo that may be a burden in your life and increasing your self-confidence, our patients have seen the following benefits from the PicoSure treatment:

  • Less Pain: PicoSure laser tattoo removal is much less painful than most other tattoo removal methods, including other laser options. Other options may also require surgical removal and downtime.
  • Less Damaging: While some removal options may result in scarring, the PicoSure laser uses light that specifically targets ink and heat that causes less trauma to the skin tissue, resulting in much less damage to your skin following treatment.
  • More Effective: The PicoSure laser can remove even stubborn ink colors and tattoos that have been previously treated. It is more effective than older lasers and can remove tattoos in fewer treatments.
  • Safe: Laser treatment is considered safer than other methods of tattoo removal, such as dermabrasion and excision because laser treatments only target the pigment in the tattoo. The PicoSure laser has also been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a safe treatment.
  • Satisfactory Results: As with any tattoo removal procedure, some scarring is possible and some traces of the tattoo may still be visible. However, patients typically report satisfactory results.

Who are the Best Candidates for Laser Tattoo Removal?

Any patient who wishes to remove an unwanted tattoo may be a candidate for PicoSure laser tattoo removal. Common reasons for tattoo removal include:

  • Employment
  • Weddings
  • Misspellings or mistakes
  • Military
  • Changes in personal taste

Laser tattoo removal may also be appropriate for patients who did not experience success with other tattoo removal methods. However, if another method resulted in extensive scarring or damage, PicoSure may not be suitable for those patients. Laser tattoo removal may also not be suitable for patients with certain skin conditions and those who are prone to forming keloids.

*Be sure to discuss these issues with Dr. Galitzin during your consultation at our office serving the greater Atlanta area so he can recommend the appropriate treatment.

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What’s the First Step?

The first step in getting Laser Tattoo Removal in the greater Atlanta area is to contact Skin Care at 5th Ave. for your consultation with Dr. Galitzin. During your initial appointment at our office, Dr. Galitzin will examine your skin and tattoo to give you an estimate of how many treatments you may need. The number of treatments a patient will need depends on the size, age, and colors of the tattoo, as well as the patient’s skin tone and how deep the pigment goes. After he has the information needed, Dr. Galitzin will create your treatment plan. If you agree with the plan, our Patient Coordinator will be able to help you schedule your first Laser Tattoo Removal session.

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What to Expect on the Day of Laser Tattoo Removal

Your treatment will begin with us providing you with protective eyewear. Before your treatment begins, we may also numb the treatment area with numbing cream or a local anesthetic. Next, Dr. Galitzin will test your skin’s reaction to the laser before proceeding with the removal. Once everything appears safe, he will guide the PicoSure laser over your unwanted tattoo. The laser emits ultra-short pulses of light that pass through the layers of skin to heat up and shatter the ink particles. The laser will break up the ink in the outer layers of the skin first, and it could take a few treatments to reach the deeper layers of ink. Once finished with your treatment, you will be provided with an ice pack to soothe the treated area and the tattoo will be covered with a bandage and antibiotic cream.

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Laser Tattoo Removal Recovery

After your laser tattoo removal at our office outside, your provider will give you specific instructions to minimize discomfort. Keep the treatment site bandaged and apply antibacterial ointment for several days to aid in the healing process and reduce the risk of infection. Change your bandage each time you apply ointment.

During the two weeks following your treatment, keep the treated area clean, dry, and protected from sunlight. You should avoid any direct sun exposure between treatment sessions and wear sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher to further protect your skin. Avoid wearing tight clothing and don’t pick at the treatment site.

How Much Does Laser Tattoo Removal Cost in Atlanta, GA?

The cost of Laser Tattoo Removal in the Atlanta area is entirely based on the number of sessions you need and the size and location of the tattoo, among a few other factors. When you come in for your consultation and Dr. Galitzin can create your treatment plan, our Patient Coordinator will be able to give you a breakdown of the cost of your procedure.

Why Choose Us?

If you have an unwanted tattoo but are concerned about the potential pain, skin damage, and results, Skin Care at 5th Ave. can provide you with a PicoSure laser treatment that is far less painful than other methods, results in minimal scarring and damage, and can produce outstanding results. We want you to have all the information you need to make this decision, so if you’re still unsure about receiving this treatment, you can send a picture of your tattoo to With no cost to you, our staff members will analyze your tattoo and send you an estimate of the cost and number of treatments you may need to remove it.

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As “permanent” as tattoos are claimed to be, you don’t need to live with your body marked for the rest of your life. If you have any additional questions about this treatment or you are ready to request a consultation with our doctor, fill out our online contact form or call us at our home base in Peachtree City – +1 770 487 2645.

Laser Tattoo Removal FAQs

Is Laser Tattoo Removal painful?

Laser Tattoo Removal isn’t “painless”, however, it won’t hurt nearly as much as getting the actual tattoo itself. We do use a local anesthetic or topical numbing cream to make your experience more tolerable, but most patients compare the sensation to a bad sunburn, with the laser feeling like a rubber band snap.

How many appointments will I need?

Most patients require at least six to eight treatments, but your tattoo should become noticeably lighter with each appointment. You'll have to wait six to eight weeks between treatments to allow your skin time to heal. Results will vary from patient to patient.

How long until I see results?

You will be able to notice instant results after your first session, however, it will take multiple sessions before you are tattoo free. The ink will become less prominent after each treatment and will eventually fade into oblivion when your procedure plan is complete. The best way to know when you will see your final results is to come in for your consultation and allow Dr. Galitzin to assess your tattoo.

What are the risks associated with Laser Tattoo Removal?

Laser Tattoo Removal is an overall safe treatment, especially when performed by the qualified hands of Dr. Galitzin. However, since this is a laser treatment, there are certain risks and side effects associated with the procedure, including:
  • Infections
  • Pain or discomfort
  • Scarring
  • Skin discoloration
  • Skin irritation or a rash
If you have any questions or concerns, please bring them up during your consultation. If you notice any long-lasting or unpleasant reactions, you should call our office immediately.

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We’re here to help, with a number of patient resources designed to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Read through the materials below, and don’t hesitate to reach out.