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Tattoo Removal

Information on Tattoo Removal in Canada


Approximate Cost

$200 – $2,000



Area will be dressed for 7-10 days


Plastic Surgeons in Canada


Possible Complications

(The following is general information: Consult with your plastic surgeon for more detailed complication risks – specific to your body, current health and exact chosen procedure)

Scabbing is normal

Rare risk of:
burns,   infection, scarring, numbness, pigmentation changes

Tattoo Removal in Canada

The most effective way to remove a tattoo is with a laser. A laser can be used to fade/remove professional and amateur tattoos. Most colours can be removed, although it is said that yellow, green and white inks are difficult to remove.

During the treatment a laser is scanned over the tattoo, and rapid ‘zaps’ of light enter the pigment breaking up the colour, which is then absorbed by the skin and excreted by normal bodily functions. The treatment can be painful (more painful than when getting the tattoo!) but it is possible to have a anesthetic injected or applied to the skin before the treatment. After the area is covered with an antibiotic cream and dressed and you will be given instructions how to look after the area until the next treatment. Over the next few weeks the area will feel like you have been sunburned, and a light scabbing will appear then fade.

On average, amateur tattoos can take from 2 to 6 treatments and professional tattoos 6 to 10 treatments. The number of treatments depends on the type of tattoo and depth of the ink in the skin. More than 95% fading of the tattoo is usually accomplished, unless the tattoo is really deep then it may still be very slightly visible

Tattoo removal, like many non-surgical procedures, does not have to be performed by a plastic surgeon, but care should be taken when choosing a clinic. Some clinics have estheticians with no medical training at all performing tattoo removal so it is important you carefully choose who to perform your treatment as a laser is a powerful tool that can cause damage in unexperienced hands. Many Canadian plastic surgeons have medical aesthetic staff performing tattoo removal treatments at their clinics.