laser tattoo removal in Elgin

Clear Away Your Unwanted Tattoo

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The most effective way to remove tattoo pigment from your skin.

Having an unwanted tattoo is not just a nuisance for some; it can make you feel unlike yourself. If you have a tattoo you’d like to remove, laser tattoo removal in Elgin at Dundee Dermatology is the best professional treatment.

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What it Treats

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Black and grey tattoo pigment

Treatment Details

Treatment Length

15 to 30 minutes


1 week


5-10 sessions depending on size and pigment of tattoo

Laser Tattoo Removal in Elgin at Dundee Dermatology

The Science Behind Laser Tattoo Removal

The technology behind laser tattoo removal is simple and effective. At Dundee Dermatology, we use Lutronicâ„¢ SPECTRA Q-switched system to help effectively fade black tattoo pigment.

Q-switched means the laser fires very rapidly, allowing us to treat a variety of skin tones without damaging the skin. For the best tattoo removal, our lasers use different wavelengths to get rid of different saturation levels of tattoo ink.

How It Works

The Treatment Process


The consultation is the most important step in determining how many treatment sessions you’ll need. We’ll examine the tattoo’s size, pigment density, your skin tone, and age of the tattoo to create a custom treatment plan. Most people need between 5 to 10 treatment sessions spaced 6 weeks apart for the best results.


We’ll provide you with detailed pre and post-care instructions for the procedure. You can opt in for a topical numbing cream over the area, and our device also cools the skin with cold air throughout the process. We will apply the laser energy over the treatment area; you may feel heat and hear snapping sounds.

Frequently Asked Questions

Several factors will determine how many sessions you need, including the size, age, and amount of tattoo pigment you want removed. Your desired results will also affect this number; the treatment sessions varies based on all of these factors. We will determine how many sessions are needed for your specific goals during your initial consultation.

Everyone’s level pain tolerance is different. We work to alleviate discomfort by providing topical numbing cream and using a cooling device during the process. It is important to avoid any blood-thinning pain medications prior to treatment, but Tylenol is okay to prevent discomfort.

We always recommend you arrive hydrated and fed to allow your body to heal and process the broken down ink pigment for the best results possible. Eat a healthy meal, avoid excess sun exposure of the treatment area for the weeks leading up to your treatment, and drink plenty of water before your appointment.

The biggest factors of effective tattoo removal are the color, amount of pigment, and skin tone. The best way to determine your candidacy is with an in-person consultation so we can examine each of these and discuss realistic expectations. Our specific machine for laser tattoo removal in Elgin, the Lutronicâ„¢ SPECTRA Q-switched system, allows us to treat multiple tattoo pigments and skin tones. Many lasers do not have this level of versatility and functionality.

Good candidates also lead a healthy lifestyle. The healthier you are, the more successful your treatment will be your immune system will dispose of the ink particles that the laser treatment breaks down/removes.

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Care that’s more than skin-deep.

Dundee Dermatology serves the Chicago Northwest suburb region with decades of experience in medical and cosmetic dermatology. We understand the impact of clear, healthy skin. Our doctors and staff all focus on a singular goal: results that deliver.

Why Dundee Dermatology?

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