About Laser Tattoo Removal
Virtue Tattoo is a full-service tattoo studio that offers premium laser treatment for unwanted
ink, tattoo regret, and tattoo modification. Virtue Tattoo has served the greater Houston area
for over 15 years and is renowned for its superior tattooing and piercing. We are excited to add
laser tattoo removal to our award-winning services to help clients remove, revise, and modify
their unwanted tattoos.
The Natural Tattoo Fading Process
Your immune system’s primary goal is to protect your body from bacteria and infection. During
tattoo application, a needle punctures through the skin and creates a wound that triggers your
immune system. Large ink particles are embedded in the skin’s dermis layer, further alerting
your immune to send phagocytes, bacteria-eating cells, to remove the foreign ink particles.
However, tattoo ink particles are comparatively much larger than blood cells. Therefore, the
phagocytes can only chip away tiny ink fragments at a time. This natural fading process is
carried out over a lifetime, which explains why tattoos are permanent but gradually fade.
How Laser Tattoo Removal Works
Laser tattoo removal speeds up the natural fading course by breaking down the large ink
particles into bite-size pieces that are easier for your immune system to remove. Our Astanza
Trinity laser releases high-speed pulses of light energy over the unwanted tattoo during a laser
session. The light energy safely penetrates through the skin and targets the ink particles
trapped in the dermis layer without damaging any surrounding skin tissue. The ink particles
absorb the light energy, heat up, and shatter into tiny nanoparticles that the phagocytes
remove through your lymphatic system.
This process is repeated over several treatments until your tattoo is completely removed or
faded sufficiently for a cover-up. The number of treatments needed depends on the client and
the tattoo being treated. Laser treatments are spaced 6 to 8 weeks apart for your skin to heal
and your immune system to flush out the shattered ink.
Most clients need 8 to 12 treatments for complete removal and fewer to fade a tattoo for a
cover-up. However, all clients require multiple treatments to shatter a tattoo's many layers of
ink. Call our Houston, Texas practice today to schedule a complimentary laser tattoo removal
Virtue Tattoo uses the Astanza Trinity, the most powerful laser tattoo removal technology on
the market. This industry-leading system combines the power of a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser and
Q-switched ruby laser and is trusted by leading physicians, tattoo removal artists, medical spas,
estheticians, and laser practitioners worldwide for its reliability, effectivity, and safety.
The Trinity produces three wavelengths of light energy (1064 nm, 532 nm, and 694 nm) to
target and treat ALL tattoo colors, including black, brown, red, orange, green, yellow, violet,
and resistant bright blues and greens. Combined, these wavelengths deliver full-spectrum
removal while safely treating all skin types on the Fitzpatrick scale, even darker skin tones IV
The Trinity combines an ultra-short pulse duration of 6,000 picoseconds with high pulse energy
to produce intense peak power for optimal ink shattering, faster fading, and better results.
Furthermore, the Trinity’s homogenous square spot beam reduces treatment overlap and
minimizes the risk of unwanted thermal injury. The Trinity is specifically designed to shatter
tattoo ink particles without harming any surrounding skin tissue, making this the safest method
for removing unwanted ink.
This state-of-the-art laser delivers not only superior results but also provides safe treatments
you can trust! For the best tattoo removal results throughout Houston, call Virtue Tattoo for a
Frequently Asked Questions
How many treatments do I need?
The average tattoo needs 8 to 12 treatments to remove entirely and 3 to 5 treatments for
significant fading. During your free consultation, we will assess your tattoo using a variety of
factors to determine how many treatments you will need, including your tattoo’s age, size,
location, ink colors, density, pre-existing scarring, skin type, individual health, and more.
How long does it take to see results?
Complete results can be guesstimated by multiplying the number of treatments your tattoo is
assigned times the 6-to-8-week waiting period between each treatment. For some clients, that
might be a few months, whereas, for most, it can take up to 10 months or more. However, all
our clients have expressed that their results were well worth the wait!
Can you fade my tattoo for a cover-up?
Yes! Virtue Tattoo is, first and foremost, an award-winning tattoo studio. We specialize in all
things tattoo, tattoo removal, and cover-ups. At Virtue Tattoo, we use laser tattoo removal to
enhance our artwork and transform your skin.
Our talented artists recommend that cover-up clients lighten their existing tattoos to create a
cleaner canvas for them to work on. By fading your tattoo, we can incorporate more colors,
shapes, design elements, and more into a cover-up piece that you’re proud to wear.
Can you remove a specific part of my tattoo?
Yes! Selective tattoo removal is a popular option for clients who want to remove a specific
element, like a name, from their tattoo without erasing any surrounding ink. Our Astanza
Duality can precisely target a portion of your tattoo while leaving the rest of the ink untouched.
How much does laser tattoo removal cost?
Virtue Tattoo offers affordable prices per treatment based on the size of your tattoo. We also
offer treatment packages and discounts to help you bundle and save. Check out our pricing
page or Instagram for the latest savings!
Does laser tattoo removal hurt?
Depending on your pain tolerance, laser tattoo removal can feel like a rubber band snapping
against your skin or like a tattoo application. Overall, the treatment is very quick and tolerable.
Virtue Tattoo offers skin-numbing solutions to help alleviate any discomfort from the laser.
How long is a laser tattoo removal treatment?
Laser tattoo removal is a fast procedure that lasts anywhere from 1 to 15 minutes, depending on the size of your tattoo and how many tattoos you wish to remove in a single session.
Is laser tattoo removal safe?
Laser tattoo removal is the safest technique for removing unwanted tattoos. Virtue Tattoo uses
cutting-edge laser technology to treat all patient skin types safely. Our laser technicians
received expert training at New Look Laser College, the world’s leading laser tattoo removal
training program and are now Certified Laser Specialists (CLS) and Laser Safety Officers (LSO).
We use custom protocols according to your unique tattoo and skin type to ensure the safest,
most effective treatments and results.
Are there any side effects?
The weeks after a treatment, you may experience temporary redness, swelling, itchiness,
blistering, scabbing, and pigmentation changes. These side effects are indications that your
immune system is removing the ink from your skin. These side effects are temporary and will
heal flawlessly as long as proper aftercare is applied outside our studio. We will give you a list of
comprehensive aftercare instructions to follow upon your visit.