Dr. Claudia N. Gaughf
Dermatologist - Savannah, Richmond Hill, Pooler
639 Stephenson Ave
Savannah, GA 31405

Tattoo Removal

Tattoos can be successfully lightened or removed with modern laser technology.

  • The number of treatments is variable, typically a minimum of 8-12 treatments are needed.
  • We cannot guarantee complete removal of the tattoo.
  • Treatments are ussually performed every 1-2 months (depending on how fast you want to treat the area).
  • Results vary depending on the color and location of the tattoo, and the individuals own immune system.
  • The lower extremities are more difficult to treat and may require additional treatments.
  • Green, Teal, Light Blue, Yellow and Electric Blue are more difficult colors to treat, and may not completely resolve. 

The laser removes a tattoo with the energy of light.  Tattoos are lightened with each subsequent treatment when the laser light passes through the skin and is absorbed by abnormal concentrations of pigment.  The impact of the energy from the powerful pulse of light is similar to the snap of a thin rubber band.  The area is anesthesized locally before the treatment to decrease the discomfort of the procedure.  After the treatment, the area will feel similar to a slight sunburn and typically this resolves over a the next two days.