What You'll Get
- $131 for three laser tattoo-removal sessions for an extra small area of up to 2x2 inches ($510 value)
- $271 for three laser tattoo-removal sessions for a small area of up to 3x3 inches ($900 value)
- $396 for three laser tattoo-removal sessions for a medium area of up to 4x4 inches ($1,170 value)
- $438 for three laser tattoo-removal sessions for a large area up to 6x6 inches ($1,800 value)
During the session, a doctor uses the Enlighten Laser by Cutera to break up tattoo pigments, which fade as the body disposes of them through natural pathways. The treatment is said to cause some discomfort, but rarely causes scarring. The number of sessions and desired results can vary based on the tattoo’s age, the density and color of the ink, and may require more than six sessions.
Laser Tattoo Removal: Out from Under Your Skin
Learn exactly how light can get rid of color with Groupon’s exploration of tattoo removal.
In 2012, a Harris Interactive poll reported, one out of five US adults had a tattoo—and 14% of those polled wished they could take it back. Through laser tattoo removal, they might be able to do just that. The job of a laser system configured to fade tattoos is essentially to make the tiny granules implanted by the tattoo needle beneath the skin even smaller. During removal, the device emits short pulses of light whose wavelength is calibrated to be absorbed only by certain colors. The ink absorbs the energy from this light, heats up, and breaks down into fragments small enough to be escorted away by the immune system’s tiny bodyguards.
Certain pigment colors are easier to remove than others: black pigment is the easiest to remove because it absorbs all laser wavelengths, whereas yellow is one of the most difficult because it only absorbs a very specific wavelength. The tattoo’s location also affects how completely it can be removed: tattoos closer to the heart benefit from rapid blood flow that can quickly carry away ink fragments and sad memories.
In the decades before lasers, the main option for removing tattoos was simply abrading the skin, which always carried a risk of scarring. Further back, centuries-old historical accounts discuss a diverse array of removal tactics, from covering skin with saltpeter and turpentine in ancient Alexandria to stretching the tattoo while rubbing it with green corn juice among the North American Chickasaw people. In the future, all tattoos may be more temporary: new tattoo inks are being developed that encapsulate the pigment particles in microscopic beads designed to easily rupture under a single laser pulse. For now, however, multiple treatment sessions are almost always necessary.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Not valid for clients active within the past 12 months. Must sign waiver. Consultation required; non-candidates and other refund requests will be honored before service provided. Appointment required. Merchant's standard cancellation policy applies (any fees not to exceed voucher price). Limit 1 per person. Valid only for option purchased. All goods or services must be used by the same person. Procedures performed by James Silberzweig, MD. Not valid for face tattoos. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.