How Safe is it to Remove a Tattoo

There’s good news and bad news when it comes to getting a tattoo removed. The bad news is that tattoos are meant to be BadTattoosMeatTrampStamppermanent, and even state-of-the-art removal techniques won’t work for everyone; your chance of success varies with your skin color and the tattoo’s pigments and size.

It is safe to get a tattoo removed.  Many people over 40 now are thinking about getting one or all of their tattoos removed.  There is more technology available today to get tattoos removed.  Laser tattoo removal can be done in one or more more sessions depending on the type and size of the tattoo.

One of the side effects can be slight scaring, but most tattoos can be removed.  Call us for a free consultation to start the process to get your tattooed removed today.



Laser and Light Technology Procedures Top List Again

As most people are aware, laser technology is used for multiple dermatological purposes. The sheer volume (2.7 million) of laser, light, and other energy-based based dermatological procedures performed in the US last year is a proclamation of their efficacy and safety.

An article published last month on reported that laser tattoo removal is the fastest growing energy-based procedure in the United States.  According to, 109,641 tattoo removal procedures were performed last year which is 74% more than 2012.

So, if you’ve been unsure about the effectiveness and safety of laser tattoo removal, please take these numbers into account. If you have any questions about the laser tattoo removal procedure, please contact North Houston Laser Tattoo Removal at 281.440.GONE (4663)

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)


Tattoo Laser Removal – The Gift of a New Start

Buy the Gift of Tattoo RemovalThoughtful and personalized gifts are more valuable than ever, especially in today’s era of gift card overload. The best gifts are those that have a special meaning and that will last beyond a short high of owning some new gadget that will start gathering dust in another month.

If you know someone who regrets a tattoo, consider offering them the gift of laser tattoo removal. This gift is about more than getting rid of ink. It can represent a new beginning, especially if the tattoo to be removed is the name of an ex-spouse or partner or if the tattoo represents an attitude or lifestyle that has long been outgrown.

If the tattoo no longer fits the person’s style or even interferes with their ability to find a job, start a new relationship, or make a good first impression, your gift of tattoo laser removal can be powerful indeed. If you live in the Houston area, give us a call to discuss this possibility. If you can show us a picture of the tattoo and answer a few questions, we can give you a ballpark estimate on the cost of removal.

Your loved one will definitely remember this gift, especially when they look in the mirror and no long have to see a disliked tattoo.

Popular Tattoos For Women

This blog post is for the ladies. Women are feeling more and more comfortable going under the needle to add a little colorful ink beneath their skin. Unlike men, who gravitate towards large, aggressive tattoos such as tribal bands, lions, skulls, eagles and the like – women tend to request smaller, brighter and more positive tattoos that highlight the playful aspects of their personality.

Based on our research and observation, here are some of the most common tattoo designs chosen by women:


Lotus, sunflowers, roses and just about every other type of bloom can be found sprouting behind shoulders, on ankles, wrists, hips and necks of women. Flowers represent life and beauty and are a great way to be a little daring without walking too far over the line.


Insects, especially butterflies, ladybugs, dragonflies and bumble bees, are a very popular tattoo motif among women. Insect tattoos are appealing, because they are colorful, beautiful and can be small.


Almost every little girl is enchanted with tales of magic, and many grow up wanting to keep that magic alive. Fairies, unicorns and phoenixes are very popular tattoo designs for women, allowing them to add a little magic to every day.


Zodiac signs can also be found on many female bodies. They can be small or large; tucked out of the way on a wrist or ankle or given plenty of room on an arm or across the back.


Though men tend to prefer tribal tattoos, women also enjoy beautiful and sensual designs. Many women will get a design or tribal-oriented tattoo on their lower back (known to some as a “tramp stamp”), which can add a tantalizing hint of their tempestuous nature.

Definition of Tattoo Removal

Get Tattoo RemovedTattoo ink is placed beneath the top layer of skin. That makes tattoo removal more complicated  than the original tattoo application. If you’re no longer satisfied with your tattoo, however, tattoo removal might be possible.

Common procedures for tattoo removal include:

  • Laser surgery
  • Dermabrasion
  • Surgical removal

If you’re interested in tattoo removal, consult North Houston Laser Tattoo Removal about the options. Don’t attempt tattoo removal on your own. Do-it-yourself tattoo removal creams and other home treatments aren’t likely to be effective and can cause skin irritation or other reactions.

There are some risks:

Scarring is likely after most types of tattoo removal. Infection or skin discoloration is possible as well.