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preparing tattoo removal appointment

For those who have decided they no longer want a permanent marking somewhere on their body, modern tattoo removal services are a valuable outlet. More people than you might think end up regretting their tattoos within a short range of time after receiving them, but today’s laser tattoo removal services make this less of a concern than it used to be.

At the offices of Steven Jepson MD, we’re proud to offer high-quality laser tattoo removal using our QX Max laser.. This method is completely safe with proper supervision, and with the right preparation areas observed – let’s take a look at a few important areas for preparing yourself for a tattoo removal appointment.


For starters, Genesis Lifestyle Medical or our other staff will be happy to consult with you in advance of your tattoo removal appointment. Genesis Lifestyle Medical welcomes email consultations and encourages you to send a picture of  your tattoo for evaluation.  There are a few important factors to understand when it comes to tattoo removal, including those that will differ from person to person – areas like your skin pigment, colors used in the tattoo, ink age and type, and even the location of the tattoo will all be potential discussion points.

This isn’t a walk-in process whatsoever. Tattoo removal staff will analyze the particulars in your case and tell you any specific areas in which you need to prepare, above and beyond those we’re going over here.

Shave any Hair in the Area of your Tattoo prior to Treatment

We ask that if your tattoo is on any part of your body that also has hair (arms or legs for example,, that you shave the hair over your tattoo prior to your appointment.  Our laser will “see” hair over the tattoo and this will interfere in the removal process

Clearing Future Calendar

One other preparation area to consider: Clearing your future calendar of any sun- or water-related activities. Exposure to either of these elements is not advisable for a recently removed tattoo – they will limit the healing and removal process in multiple ways, including irritating the skin and potentially creating new damage. If the plan is to remove a tattoo in time for beach season or a vacation, not only should you prepare for multiple sessions for full removal, you should plan on at least a few weeks where the pool and any tanning activities are suspended entirely.

For more on preparing for a tattoo removal appointment, or to learn about any of our medical spa treatments like Botox or Juvederm, speak to the staff at the offices of Steven Jepson MD today.