Tattoo Permanence: A thing of The Past!

Before, people would ink up their bodies with symbols, words- various markings if you will without a doubt in their minds that they’d have it on their bodies forever. Nowadays, we live with such technological advancements that we are able to remove said markings with a couple of easy procedures.

Remember, I said easy and not painless. Haha! These procedures showcase the future. They include methods such as dermabrasion, TCA, salabrasion, crysurgery, laser remocal, and excision. The most important and popular is, however, laser removal. It is the least painful and most sought after for its grand results.

These results are miraculous to say the least. At each session, the tattoo pigment decreases, leaving the skin as rejuvenated as ever before. The tattoo is lightened over time until it has completely diminished from sight. It is truly an extraordinary thing. No longer must one suffer in silence with regret over a youthful mistake or silly misstep in life. Tattoo permanence is a thing of the past.

We now have state of the art machinery such as the Duality tattoo removal laser that produces a 1 joule pulse of 1064 nm energy to remove dark tattoos. We also now have the Astanza laser that also provides maximum power, sufficient to break down the ink of those difficult to remove tattoos.

These machines contribute to the success of laser tattoo removal. The machinery isn’t the only factor that does though. Others include the patients’ immune system, hydration, sleep, a healthy weight, a well balanced diet, exercise, and being a non smoking person. Although these factors aid in the healthy removal of tattoos, one must also remember what the treatment entails as well. It encompasses some pain. The pain can be categorized as discomfort. It is tolerable (or at least stated to be). It is said to be similar to hot oil. Many require some form of anesthetic to dull or mask the pain. Other bypass the anesthetic and simply take the pain as it comes.

Regardless, it is safe to say that tattoo removal is an innovation of the future. Whether painful or not, no matter which machine you use, it is a gift to mankind. Tattoos are no longer a thing of permanence. You can choose to live your life freely! Tattoo permanence is a thing of the past!



Full Back Tattoo Removed from Body Builder

Competitive Bodybuilders need to show off the work they have done to build a very defined body and in competitions a large tattoo can get in the way of showing of the details in their back muscles and other parts of the body.

Laser Tattoo Removal - Before

Laser Tattoo Removal – Before

Laser Tattoo Removal - After

Laser Tattoo Removal – After


The following is a testimonial from a Patrick, Professional Bodybuilder, 2017 Mr. USA Champion:

“Visiting North Houston Tattoo Removal was one the best decisions I’ve ever made.   I got my tattoos when I was younger, not knowing I would choose to be a competitive bodybuilder later in life.  I noticed that when I would compete, the tattoos would cover up the true definition my body had.

Well, North Houston Laser Tattoo Removal took care of that problem!!  Extremely professional and clean facility.  My tattoo was completely removed with no scarring at all.

It made a huge difference for me when it was time to compete again!!.  Definitely will be returning to have them remove the remaining tattoos.

Getting Rid Of Life’s Mistakes and Tattoo Removal

tattoo_removalWe all make mistakes in life, some more permanent than others. You may never be able to live down the shame of what happened when your “night out with the guys” escalated into a drinking marathon (especially if pics and videos were posted on Facebook), but at least you can get rid of the tattoo of your ex-girlfriend’s face, which you discovered on your arm the next morning.

Okay, most people don’t have quite that type of experience, but there are many individuals who come to regret their tattoos for one reason or another. Luckily, your tattoo doesn’t have to be permanent.

At North Houston Laser Tattoo Removal we’ve seen and erased it all – the names of ex-wives, a bleeding skull that doesn’t make for very good boardroom conversation, misspelled quotes, tribal armbands that have faded in color and significance, etc…

Using the most advanced laser in the industry, we can get rid of almost any tattoo regardless of color, location on the body and age. Our Q-Switched laser works with precision, using short pulses of light to break up the ink under your skin, which will be naturally absorbed and flushed from your body.

The process certainly isn’t a walk in the park, but it works. You can expect mild discomfort and will likely need to come in for multiple sessions (depending on the size, age and amount of ink used in the design).   In the end, however, a little pain and a couple of trips are a small price to pay to get your skin back free of that bare-chested mermaid that you don’t want your young children asking about.


Factors to Consider when Removing Tattoos

Every tattoo is different, and the number of laser tattoo removal sessions needed to successfully remove a tattoo can vary greatly depending on multiple variables.

Factors to Consider when Removing Tattoos

Factors to consider when removing tattoos:

  • Ink Color: Greens and blues more challenging than black and red inks. White ink can oxidize and turn darker once hit with the laser.
  • Age of Tattoo: Older tattoos are generally easier to remove and require less sessions than newer tattoos
  • Size of Tattoo: According to a 2010 study by the American medical association it was noted that larger tattoos over 12 inches in diameter require more sessions than smaller tattoos.
  • If you Smoke: The same study mentioned above also directly linked the negative effects of smoking on tattoo removal.  Regular smokers had a 70 percent lower rate of removal after ten sessions compared to their non-smoking counterparts.  This lower success rate is most likely related to smoking’s  direct effect on wound healing.
  • Location of Tattoo: Removal of your tattoo is harder in areas that have a limited vascular supply and slower healing.  Thus, tattoos on the feet, lower legs or hands require more sessions than tattoos on the chest and back.
  • Amount of Ink: The amount of ink used is another parameter that affects laser tattoo removal.  Professional tattoos have a greater density/volume of pigment that resides deeper in the skin.  On the other hand, amateur tattooing is usually uneven, superficial, and done with dramatically less ink.
  • Your Skin Type: Laser tattoo removal is more effective for individuals with lighter skin, because lighter skin does not significantly absorb laser light, most of the laser energy is focused on the tattoo pigment.  Darker skin absorbs a portion of laser light from the tattoo.  Also, most laser clinics adjust the laser accordingly on patients with darker skin to avoid unwanted side effects.

Send us a request for quote with the a picture of your tattoo and we can give you an estimate to have your tattoo removed.

Shedding the Past

tattoo_removalThere are many reasons that our customers come to us wanting to remove a tattoo. One of the most common is that the tattoo represents a certain stage in the person’s life that he or she has outgrown.

The beautiful thing about a life is that each of us is constantly evolving. Events and people

change us in ways big or small. A single epiphany can turn our lies in a completely different direction, or a new set of friends can give us new perspective. Time has a way of mellowing us out, and turning us toward the path we were meant to be on.

A tattoo is a permanent representation of who you are a specific time of your life. It may be the name of someone you think will be with you forever, it can be a raucous envelope-pushing display meant to demonstrate a rebellion against convention, it might even be something silly or crude that was done impulsively.

As usually happens, life has a way of changing us and sometimes a tattoo no longer fits our new selves. Maybe you found a different soul mate, discovered that there are other ways to rebel, or regret the impulsive tattoo that no longer fits who you are.

It’s easy to change and adapt our look to fit our changing personalities. Hair styles can easily be updated, new clothing can be bought, we can even refine our vocabulary and the people we choose to associate with.

Unfortunately, tattoos from the past don’t scrub off so easily, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have to be stuck with your past forever. If you’re ready to move on, give us a call at North Houston Laser Tattoo Removal.

We own the most advanced type of laser, which can finally take off that last relic of your old life. Depending on the size, coloring and age of your tattoo, you may have to come in for multiple visits, but we can promise that we will get the tattoo off.

So, celebrate all of the changes that have occurred in your life, and accept that you’ll never be done changing and evolving. Take care in the way you represent yourself today (especially when it comes to permanent marks like tattoos), because you might be someone totally different next year, next month or even tomorrow.

For more information on laser tattoo removal, call North Houston Laser Tattoo removal at (281) 440-GONE.


More People are Getting Tattoos Removed

More People are Getting Tattoos RemovedIt is a fact many people are getting their tattoos removed and nearly a third of people with tattoos regret getting one, according to a new survey.

The survey findings, presented at the annual meeting of the British Association of Dermatologists, showed that men were more likely to have tattoo regret than women.

Tattoo regret was also three times more likely among men if they got their tattoo before reaching age 16, according to the survey. Meanwhile, the demographic least likely to regret a tattoo was women who got their tattoo after age 21.

But even though tattoo regret was relatively common among the study participants, not even half of those with tattoo regret said that they would get it, or them, removed, the researchers found.

The survey included 580 responses (53 percent men, 47 percent women) from people ages 16 and older (half of them were older than age 40), who had visible tattoos and visited the dermatology department East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust over a six-month period.

Laser Tattoo Removal is Effective & Safe, Proper Aftercare is Essential

Although laser tattoo removal is effective and safe, proper aftercare is essential to minimize discomfort or undesirable results.   Astanza, the manufacturer of the laser which we use here at North Houston Laser Tattoo Removal, provides a detailed list of laser tattoo removal aftercare dos and don’ts on their website    Here’s an abbreviated list:

  • Keep the affected area covered with a thin layer of antibiotic ointment and a sterile gauze for the first 3 days. After 3 days, keep the area clean and dry for the remainder of the healing process.  If you do wash the affected area, clean it gently and pat dry.
  • To reduce pain and discomfort and swelling, apply cool compresses for the first 24 hours as often as needed. You can take acetaminophen-based pain reducers (e.g. Tylenol) but DO NOT TAKE ASPIRIN as it can increase the risk of bruising and bleeding.
  • To use itching, use Aquaphor, Vitamin E ointment, or hydrocortisone. Do not pick scabs or shave over the affected area as this increases the likelihood of scarring.
  • Wear a sunblock of at least SPF 25 for 3 months when out in the sun
  • See a physician as soon as possible if you see any signs of infection which Astanza describes as “honey-colored crusting, oozing, spreading redness”.

Whether you have recently had laser tattoo removal or are planning to have one removed, please take your aftercare very seriously to prevent issues with your skin and to ensure the best possible long-term results.  If you have any questions about the laser tattoo removal procedure, please contact North Houston Laser Tattoo Removal at 281.440.GONE (4663)


Spotless! Remove Dark Skin Spots

For years people have told you that you look much younger than you are. But lately, thanks to the age spots that have increasingly been appearing on your face and body, you feel like you’re carrying around a sign that says

“Hi, I’m Old.”

With the modern dermatological laser technology we use, removing these unwanted spots is actually quite simple. Within a few weeks, after just one treatment, the discolored skin will return to its normal color. It will be almost impossible to see where the removal was done. Using the same laser technology, we can also treat the following skin conditions:Sun Damage/ melasma

  • Birthmarks
  • Lentigo
  • Nevi
  • Freckles
  • Port Wine Stains
  • Discolorations in the epidermis or dermis
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