Tattoo Removal Specialist

Dennis L. Streeter, D.O., F.A.A.O.S -  - General Surgeon

Dennis L. Streeter, D.O., F.A.A.O.S

General Surgeon & BioTE Certified Provider located in Merrillville, IN

Approximately 25% Americans have something personal permanently inked on their bodies. Eventually, about half of those people have a change of heart and opt to have their tattoos removed. From his top-rated practice in Merrillville, Indiana, Dr. Dennis Streeter offers safe, gentle, and effective laser tattoo removal for patients in northwestern Indiana. To find out more, call or book your appointment online today.

Tattoo Removal Q & A

How does laser tattoo removal work?

Tattoos are considered permanent because the ink is set beneath your top layer of skin. Even so, they still tend to fade naturally over time because your immune system identifies the ink as a foreign substance, and systematically tries to remove it particle by particle.   

Laser tattoo removal safely, gently, and effectively speeds up the natural fading process by shattering tattoo ink into smaller pieces that your immune system can remove more easily.

Dr. Streeter uses advanced Q-switched laser technology by Astanza to lighten or remove tattoos with little risk of skin damage. The laser works by delivering ultra-short pulses of specialized energy that specifically target ink particles, leaving the surrounding tissues unharmed.

These rapid pulses cause a change in pressure that breaks the ink apart into tiny dust-like particles. The tiny particles are then absorbed by your lymphatic system and naturally flushed from your body over the course of time.


What kind of tattoos can be removed?

Tattoo removal using the advanced Q-switched laser requires fewer treatments than traditional laser tattoo removal and is a safer way to get rid of body art you no longer want. The technology can be used on:

  • Hard-to-remove dark tattoos
  • Extra-bright tattoos
  • Multiple ink colors, including black, blue, green, red, and white
  • Stubborn previously treated tattoos


What kind of results can I expect?

Laser tattoo removal is an individually tailored process: The number of treatments you need depends on the size of your tattoo, where it’s located, and the quality and color of the ink.

Most tattoos require a series of treatments scheduled at least 6-8 weeks apart. Your tattoo fades gradually during the time between each treatment, as your immune system targets the shattered ink particles for removal.  

Older tattoos tend to disappear more easily and with fewer treatments, while tattoos located further down your legs or arms are usually harder to remove. While many tattoos can be completely removed within 4-6 visits, some require further treatment.  


Is laser tattoo removal painful?

Laser tattoo removal can be slightly uncomfortable; some people say it feels similar to the tattooing process. The sensation comes from the pressure changes that the laser uses to smash the ink particles apart. Dr. Streeter uses cold air blasting to make the procedure more comfortable.  

After treatment, the removal site may seem like a superficial burn wound. Many patients experience an immediate whitening of the area, plus minor bruising, swelling, blistering, and scabbing.

Because the treated area is always at risk of infection, after treatment, you should use an antibacterial ointment to reduce your risk of infection as you heal between sessions. After the area has healed, wear a sunscreen of SPF 25 or higher to minimize changes in your skin pigment.  


*Individual results may vary

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