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Laser Tattoo Removal

Do you regret getting a tattoo? Did the artist deliver sub-par results? Does your tattoo no longer reflect who you are?

Laser tattoo removal can fade your tattoo over time so you can reclaim your skin.

Whether your reasons are personal or professional, Devlin Cosmetic Surgery: Michael Devlin, M.D. in Little Rock, AR, can clear your skin.

How It Works Laser Tattoo Removal

During laser tattoo removal, a laser is used to target the pigment in an unwanted tattoo, shattering it into small particles. Your body then removes these particles, resulting in the tattoo gradually lightening in appearance as treatment progresses.

Laser tattoo removal requires a number of treatment sessions to completely fade a tattoo. Each treatment session targets more ink until the tattoo is no longer visible.

Woman receiving laser tattoo removal on arm

Prime Candidates for Tattoo Removal

Any person who wishes to remove a tattoo could be a good candidate for removal. Common reasons for removal include:

  • Getting a new job
  • Getting married
  • Joining the military
  • Dissatisfaction with a tattoo
  • Changes in personal taste

If you have tried another tattoo removal option that has resulted in scarring, are prone to forming keloids, or have a skin condition, laser removal may not be a suitable option for you. Be sure to discuss these factors with Dr. Devlin during your consultation at our cosmetic office in Little Rock, AR, so he can recommend the appropriate treatment.

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While there are many creams on the market that claim to fade tattoos, you shouldn't treat your skin as a DIY project. Improper use of creams and tattoo removal kits can damage your skin and affect your health. For the safest treatment and the best results, you should choose a professional like Dr. Michael Devlin for tattoo removal. 

If you live in Hot Springs, Conway, or nearby and want to clear your skin, we invite you to request a consultation with Dr. Devlin in Little Rock, Arkansas, today or call:

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Dr. Devlin and his staff are just the best! They are always so kind and really listen to my concerns. Dr. Devlin answers questions honestly to deliver accurate expectations while still meeting my expectations above and beyond!

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The Process Laser Tattoo Removal

Your treatment with us in Little Rock, AR, will involve several steps:

Laser tattoo removal is considered safer than alternative methods. 
Laser tattoo removal is considered safer than alternative methods. 


You will be given protective eyewear during each treatment session.

Numb Skin

Dr. Devlin may numb the treatment area with a local anesthetic or numbing cream.

Test Laser

Before proceeding with the removal, Dr. Devlin will test the laser against your skin to make sure the treatment will be safe for you.

Laser Treatment

Dr. Devlin will guide the laser over your unwanted tattoo. The laser will emit pulses of light that safely pass through the skin and target the tattoo ink. The light turns into heat and breaks the ink into particles.

Soothe Area

Dr. Devlin may apply ice to the area before covering the treatment site with an antibiotic cream and bandages.

Managing Your Expectations What Will My Results Look Like?

The tattoo removal process is gradual, so don't expect completely clear skin after just one treatment at our Little Rock office. In most cases, it will take a number of sessions over the course of a few months for the intended results to become apparent. Everyone's timeline is different, but you can generally expect your progress to look something like this:
a back tattoo progressively lightened after a series of laser tattoo removal sessions
The laser will break up the ink particles over the course of several treatment sessions. As those small particles are safely absorbed back into your body, your tattoo will grow lighter and lighter.

Special Considerations for Your Laser Treatment

Most patients require 6-8 treatments about six weeks apart before they see the results they desire. However, the number of sessions you will need at our Little Rock office and the amount of time between sessions depends on a variety of factors, such as the:

Size of the Tattoo

For the best results, only so much skin can safely be treated at a time. This means that the bigger your tattoo, the more treatment sessions you'll need to remove it.

Location of the Tattoo

Tattoos in fatty areas, like the arms, can often be removed more quickly than tattoos in bony areas, such as the ankles.

Age of the Tattoo

Your body naturally breaks down some tattoo ink over time, and the sun can fade your tattoo. Older tattoos often have fewer ink molecules and may be easier to remove.

Color of the Tattoo Ink

While lasers can remove black and dark gray ink fairly easily, neon colors, light blue, and light green are more difficult and require more treatment sessions.

Depth of the Tattoo Pigment

Layered tattoos or tattoos that have been used to cover up other tattoos require more treatment sessions because the laser has to break up the outer layers of ink before it can reach the inner layers.

Color of Your Skin

You'll want to schedule your treatment sessions far enough apart so your skin has time to heal. While lighter-colored skin can receive treatment about every six weeks, darker-colored skin may require eight weeks between treatment sessions to help prevent hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation. 

Dr. Devlin will be able to give you an estimate of how many treatment sessions you'll need after he sees your tattoo during a consultation.

We're a Judgement-Free Practice Meet With a Team That Understands

Many people who are interested in tattoo removal don't feel comfortable talking about it with friends, family, or a doctor. Even if you don't want eyes on your tattoo ever again, we promise you this—we've seen it all, and you have absolutely nothing to feel ashamed of or nervous about when you visit.

Our job is to help you look and feel your very best, and Dr. Devlin has selected our team with compassion and empathy in mind. Let us help you draw attention back to your best qualities and celebrate the skin you're in once again.

If you've been considering laser tattoo removal, we'd love to hear from you. Set up a private consultation at our Little Rock, AR, office, also serving Hot Springs and Conway, by messaging us online or calling:

(501) 227-8811

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Dr. Devlin and his staff are so nice and accommodating! I felt so comfortable asking about my procedure and felt very knowledgeable about the procedure even before leaving my consultation.

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I had a great experience with Dr. Devlin! I love my results - better than I could ever ask for! His staff is very professional & treats you as if you’re family. Dr. Devlin is very knowledgeable and informative. 

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Flexible Financing For Your Fresh Start

Tattoo removal is an elective cosmetic treatment, so it's not covered by insurance. But that doesn't mean your path forward has to be paved with financial obstacles. Our Little Rock practice, welcoming patients from Conway and Hot Springs, AR, keeps laser tattoo removal affordable for virtually any budget with financing options.

We work with Advance Care, which offers low- and interest-free financing in repayment periods of six or 14 months to approved applicants. Plus, you can receive a decision within 24-48 hours of your application.

We also work with Med Loan Finance, which accepts applicants with all types of credit histories. They offer competitive interest rates and flexible repayment periods.

Dr. Devlin also accepts cash, checks, and most major credit cards. We will happily work with you to find the option that best suits your budget.

Caring for Your Skin After Tattoo Removal in Little Rock, Arkansas

While you can expect some redness, swelling, and discomfort after each treatment session, symptoms typically subside within a week and can be managed with a cool compress in the meantime.

To aid in the healing process and reduce the risk of infection, be sure to apply antibacterial ointment and change your bandages regularly. You will be provided with specific instructions, but keep in mind you may have to apply your ointment three times a day for the best results.

In the weeks following each session at our Little Rock office, be sure to keep the treatment site clean, dry, and protected from sunlight. Wear loose-fitting clothing, apply sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher, and avoid picking at the treatment site. To allow your body to heal properly, we also recommend not smoking.

bandaged arm after tattoo removal

Can I Get a New Tattoo In the Same Spot?


Yes! Many of our tattoo removal patients come in with this exact question. If you so choose, you will be able to get a new tattoo in the same area after laser treatment. However, we advise waiting at least six weeks after your final laser session to allow your skin to fully heal.

A Prime Choice for Your Treatment

"If I could give more than a five star rating I would. Dr. Devlin is awesome. He gives you all the time you need and actually listens to you and answers any questions you may have... If you are looking for a cosmetic surgeon, laser treatment, chemical peels, etc. look no further." Kimberly Abdelal
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Devlin Cosmetic Surgery: Michael Devlin, M.D.

Dr. Devlin is a cosmetic surgeon who provides each of his patients with personalized care and a compassionate approach. He offers a range of procedures in an environment where patients feel safe, comfortable, and heard. He is affiliated with organizations such as the:

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (Fellow)
  • American Society of Cosmetic Breast Surgery
  • American Medical Association
  • Arkansas Medical Society
  • Pulaski County Medical Society

To get started on your plastic surgery journey, fill out our form or call (501) 227-8811.


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