FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

At Inklifters consultations are always free of charge. We want you to be both educated  and comfortable with your tattoo removal in Utah. We will always spend the time to answer your questions and explain the process.

The cost for clients seeking laser tattoo removal in Salt Lake City and surrounding areas is based on the size and density (percent of the area with ink vs. no ink) of the tattoo.  During your consultation, one of our Laser Technicians will measure your tattoo and give you a quote for your tattoo removal. We charge $120 per square inch per treatment (based on inked area). We sell treatment packages discounted 10%-20% depending on which treatment package is purchased.

A no pressure, no commitment, free consultation is the best way to understand the costs involved with tattoo removal from Inklifters in Utah. We are one of the few tattoo removal Utah providers to offer the 3 Wavelength picosecond technology of the PicoWay laser, the most advanced technology for tattoo removal.

 

Yes! With the PicoWay laser Inklifters is able to effectively treat all colors.  Remember that different colors respond differently to the lasers. Also, skin type, ink type, and ink depth can affect the results of laser tattoo removal. We have special settings and equipment on our lasers allowing the effective treatment of all colors, removing many completely.

The new PicoWay laser is less painful than older laser technologies since they do not impact the skin the same way the older Q-switched lasers do. However, pain and discomfort vary widely from person to person.

As a benchmark, you should expect a level of discomfort similar to that experienced in getting the tattoo. To ensure your comfort Inklifters offers specially formulated prescription numbing creams and Zimmer Chiller technology free of charge. Lidocaine injections are available and administered by a Nurse Practitioner for an additional charge and upon request.

Yes. The new PicoSure and PicoWay lasers have the ability to treat a section of your tattoo while leaving other areas unaffected. This is especially effective when you want to change or fix part but not all of a tattoo.

 

Inklifters @ Aesthetica charges by the size of the tattoo, not by the minute. Some clinics charge by the minute, which can can hurry patients through the treatment process, or prolong the treatment and can provide a less comfortable treatment experience. Here at Inklifters Utah, we proceed at your pace and will never hurry you through the treatment process.

Take a ruler and measure the length and the width of your tattoo in inches. Then multiply the two numbers together; this is the size in square inches. Inklifters make every effort to only charge for filled or “inked” space; we deduct the areas that are not filled from the total.

Inklifters accepts all major credit cards. On package purchases you also have the option to pay 50% at the time of the first treatment and 50% at the time of the second treatment. Additionally, we offer third-party term financing options such as CareCredit. Check out our Financing Page for more info.

With the advanced PicoWay laser from Inklifters at Aesthetica, tattoos on average are reduced by 75% in 3-5 treatments. In some cases the tattoo can be removed in 5-8 treatments. Keep in mind that everybody is different, so the number of treatments required is based upon ink color(s), ink depth in the skin, volume of ink in the skin, type of ink used, patient skin pigment, and patient immune system. These variables cannot be measured prior to treatment so it is not possible to accurately predict the needed number of treatments for complete removal.

The Picosecond technology behind the PicoWay laser uses the safest technology available and has the lowest risk of scarring of any tattoo removal option. It’s also MUCH faster than any other tattoo removal in Utah available.

During your consultation the colors in your tattoo will be specifically addressed. Most tattoos can be removed using the Picosecond laser technology. Heavy black tattoos may not show visible progress for several treatments due to the depth and quantity of ink in the skin.

At Inklifters in Utah, the Picosecond technology behind the PicoWay laser is not invasive, and does not break the skin. Picosecond lasers do not break or damage the skin. On heavy black tattoos tiny bubbling may occur similar to a minor sunburn. When Inklifters post treatment instructions and aftercare directions are followed, scarring is unusual, but possible.  Minor blistering is a known side effect of laser tattoo removal treatments.

Note that older laser technology employed by many clinics is prone to cause scarring. Any laser that breaks the skin and causes bleeding or scabbing (VersaPulse or Ruby Red, and even the Q-switched) will likely lead to scarring. Technology is the key to safe and effective laser tattoo removal. Once scarred, it is much more difficult to remove tattoo ink because the ink becomes trapped within the scar tissue.

Generally, yes. Tattoo removal can take longer because the minor scar tissue must dissipate before the ink can be released from the tissue. Some ink in scarred tissue cannot be effectively removed and we cannot predict how scar tissue will react to treatment.

Simply put, the laser activates your body’s immune system. Your immune system then attacks the ink and purges it from the body the way any foreign substance or impurity is removed. The 8 week window between treatments allows your immune system time to do its job. Treating a tattoo more frequently will not expedite the removal process. In some situations, your Inklifters Laser Technician may even recommend a 8-12 week window between treatments.

The most important pre-treatment guideline is to avoid significant sun exposure or tanning for 14 days prior to treatment. We CANNOT treat sunburned or tanned skin.

Ice the area, as recommended by your Inklifters Laser Technician. Avoid significant sun exposure or tanning for 14 days. Usage of SPF 40 or greater sun block is (always) recommended, even under clothing. Although we do sell and recommend Skinceuticals Hydra Balm ointment for the first full week after treatment. Normal use of lotions and aloe products is safe after Picosecond laser treatments. 

No exercise or physical exertion for 24 hours after your laser treatment.

Yes, we can remove permanent makeup in the eyebrows commonly known as microblading. Our lasers only target the ink in the eyebrow without affecting the hair follicles. We recommend getting started with a complimentary consultation with one of our Laser Technicians to get a quote on your permanent makeup removal. At Inklifters, we unfortunately do not remove permanent makeup in the eyes or lips. Contact us today for your microblading tattoo removal Utah consultation today!

Inklifters is the only clinic specifically devoted to tattoo removal in Salt Lake City and surrounding areas. Tattoo removal is the focus of what we do. Inklifters’s goal is to provide customers the best technology, education, and service available for tattoo removal in Utah.


Technology
Inklifters employs the best tattoo removal technology available, the amazing new PicoSure and PicoWay. Based on Picosecond technology, upon which these lasers are based, references the rapid firing technology behind the laser. It fires in “picoseconds” hence the name, PicoSure. The PicoSure laser is 15-150 times faster (pulses) than the old Q-switched lasers. The shorter picosecond duration takes advantage of the photomechanical impact/stress (instead of heat) to shatter the ink into really small particles that the body is better able to absorb. Lasers are very use specific and technology can change over time.


Education
Inklifters believes customers should be educated about and understand the tattoo removal process. We will spend the time during your consultations and treatments to explain the tattoo removal process and answer your questions.


Service
Inklifters provide a comfortable and inviting clinical environment. We value your time and pledge to make your time spent in our office waiting for treatment as short as possible. We pride ourselves in making you feel confident in our people and our process. We call you after treatment to check up and address any questions you may have.

With any laser treatment procedure (tattoo, hair, skin, etc.), there are no guaranteed results. Every person’s physiology and immune system are different. Keep in mind that there are many variables that impact the effectiveness of tattoo removal, including ink types, age of tattoo, skin type, depth of ink in the skin, and others, to mention a few. Also, when the tattoo is stubborn because of those variables it might take a few more treatments to remove. Most tattoos can be removed but we can make no guarantees because of the variables listed above. We can’t measure those variables before, so we can’t say how many treatments will be needed, and if ultimately the tattoo will be completely removed.

 Inklifters Picosecond technology will provide the best results available.