Laser Tattoo Removal


The Procedure

Dr. Shaw uses the newest and fastest laser technology in Richmond known as the Discovery Pico Laser to safely and quickly remove unwanted tattoos.

The laser works by breaking up the ink in the tattoo into tiny fragments which are then naturally cleared by your body’s immune system. This gradually fades the image until it disappears or is unnoticeable. The unique properties of the laser target the ink colors without harming your body’s natural pigments.

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Up to 8 Sessions


Performed in Office and Takes 2-5 Minutes


No Downtime

The Results

Most patients achieve permamnent ink clearance in less than 8 sessions.
This is because Pico Laser technology is 100 times faster than conventional Q Switch tattoo lasers. This allows for extremely rapid clearance of tattoo ink, as well as shorter treatment times.

On average, patients get complete clearance in half the sessions of conventional tattoo lasers.

That means less time, less pain, and better results.

Before & After*

Before and after comparison of laser tattoo removal on a males left outer bicep

Neck Tattoo After the First Treatment

Common Questions About Laser Tattoo Removal

How Long Does it Take?
Tattoo removal is completed in a series of treatments spaced about 4 weeks apart. The length of the treatment depends on your specific tattoo. For a smaller tattoo, we should be finished in an hour or less.
How Long Does it Last?
The effects of Laser Tattoo Removal are permanent.
Are There Any Alternatives?
We do not recommend any other method for tattoo removal.
Is Financing Available?
We do offer financing for qualified individuals. Learn more by visiting our financing page.
Is it Painful?
There is some pain associated with all tattoo removal, usually compared to a hard rubber band snap or splash of grease while cooking. However, there’s a number of things we can do to bring the pain to a tolerable level for each individual. This includes what we call the ‘Rapid Removal System’, or using cold air during the procedure and a special patch that prevents heat from the laser from reaching your skin.

For those particularly sensitive to pain, we can also use a topical cream or injectable anesthetic to numb the treatment area.

What is Recovery Like? Is There Downtime or Medication?

We will provide a post-treatment plan that includes how to care for the treated area with medical grade topical ointments to promote fast and comfortable healing. While the skin heals, it will feel similar to a bad sunburn, but there is no required downtime.

What Our Patients Have to Say


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Dr. Shaw specializes in minimally invasive cosmetic surgery and non-surgical rejuvenation to help you look your best with the least downtime possible.

We're proud to serve Richmond and the surrounding communites in central Virginia including Chesterfield, Short Pump, Bon Air, Tuckahoe, Glen Allen, Mechanicsville, Midlothian, Chester & more.

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