Tattoo Removal

Before & After Photo Gallery of Tattoo Removal
Before & After Photo Gallery of Tattoo Removal

Laser Tattoo Removal Redefined=State of the Art Laser Systems

“Only for those who are tired of their tattoo, wish to change part of the tattoo, or want partial removal for a later coverup.”

Over 27 years experience in laser tattoo removal, using state of the art lasers and the most advanced systems available: 

Q switched Nd:Yag lasers (for most tattoo colors-black and red-yellow-orange; Ruby lasers (for resistant green, aqua, colors); and Fractional co2 lasers.


23% of Americans have one tattoo. 32% of those aged 30-45 have one tattoo.  40% of those under age 30 have 1 or more tattoos.  Many regret their choice and wish their tattoo could be removed.

Our state of the art tattoo removal lasers treat all treatable tattoo colors,and  we are able to provide the highest levels of comfort during treatment including local anesthesia and sedation.

Your Comfort is During Treatment is Important.  We are the only clinic offering conscious sedation for laser tattoo removal.

Sedation, local anesthetics, topical anesthetics, and  cooling with the Zimmer cooler are available during treatments. The choice depends on your needs. 

Tattoo Removal Lasers Selected for Safety and Efficiency in Tattoo Removal

We have select our tattoo removal lasers based on their safety and ability to remove tattoo colors.  This begins with selection of the laser characteristics.  Many laser handpieces do not produce a uniform laser beam.  This results in a “gaussian effect”.  This means the laser beam hits the center of the area it is aiming for but undertreats  the outer or peripheral area. This means more overlap is needed to hit the missed areas, leading to less effective pigment treatment and more potential for skin damage. The handpieces that we use provides a uniform beam so there are no missed spots and no overheated skin.

Here is a power point presentation of laser tattoo removal that may help in understanding this concept an some of the science behind tattoo removal.


In addition to being one of Michigan’s top cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Burke is also a tattoo removal expert. With over 27 years of experience, Dr. Burke has produced great results for Ann Arbor, Michigan, Ontario, Ohio, and Indiana patients wanting to remove their unwanted ink. Now, with the Astanza Trinity laser, Dr. Burke can remove all tattoo colors faster than ever before.

About Laser Tattoo Removal
Laser tattoo removal is the only safe and effective method for removing unwanted ink without surgery. With the use of advanced Astanza Trinity laser technology, Dr. Burke is able to selectively target ink trapped in the skin – destroying just the ink and leaving your skin looking flawless.

With Trinity tattoo removal, three types of high-powered light energy are transmitted into the skin and absorbed by different colors of tattoo ink, causing it to break up into tiny particles. These particles are naturally flushed away by your body’s immune system over time, causing your tattoo to fade more and more after each treatment until you are left with clear, beautiful skin.

View Tattoo Removal results photos

Our Astanza Trinity Technology
The best technology gives the best results! All treatments performed at the Michigan Center for Cosmetic Surgery are completed with our state-of-the-art Astanza Trinity laser.
The Trinity is the most powerful multi-wavelength tattoo removal system available and is able to remove the widest range of tattoo colors including stubborn inks like blue, green, and yellow. It is a groundbreaking Q-switched Nd:YAG and ruby laser combination system that produces superior peak power across more wavelengths. The Trinity is the most powerful laser on the market for removing colorful tattoos.
The Trinity is safe for all skin tones and delivers fast, beautiful results.A001_C032_0312ZU

 What is the Cost of Laser Tattoo Removal?

Common Questions:
Am I a candidate for tattoo removal?
Most likely! Our Trinity laser can treat virtually all ink colors on all skin tones. Laser tattoo removal is the best option for those looking to remove unwanted ink, and there are very few contraindications to the treatment.
During your consultation, Dr. Burke will assess your medical history and determine if you are a candidate for laser treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments is specific to each patient and their tattoo. Many factors affect the process, including the size, location, colors, and age of your tattoo. Dr. Burke incorporated the Kirby-Desai scale to more accurately predict the number of treatments you will need. During your consultation, Dr. Burke will assess your tattoo and provide an educated estimate of how many treatments you would need.
Most patients need multiple treatments, and you should look at laser tattoo removal as a multi-step process. That said, the Trinity laser at our office is the most powerful tattoo removal system for treating colorful inks, so you can expect your tattoo to remove as fast as possible with our advanced technology.
How long does it take?
Treatments are very fast, and most tattoo removal appointments take 15 or 30 minutes at maximum. The actual treatment time is typically less than 3-5 minutes while some last just under 10 seconds.
Treatments are scheduled a minimum of six weeks apart to allow for quality ink elimination and skin healing between sessions.
Why should I choose Dr. Burke for laser tattoo removal?
Experience and technology make a difference. Dr. Burke is the leading name in Ann Arbor laser tattoo removal due to his research and extensive experience with the procedure. He has over 27 years of experience and stays at the cutting-edge with the best technology. The Astanza Trinity used by Dr. Burke is the most powerful system of its kind, able to completely and quickly remove tattoos that other systems can barely fade. Dr. Burke uses the  Zimmer cooler (and optional anesthetics) to make the tattoo removal process as comfortable as possible for all patients.

Dr. Burke also offers conscious sedation and local anesthesia for those who are anxious about the procedure.