Tattoo Removal

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

Tattoo Removal: Explained by the experts at the Michigan Center for Cosmetic Surgery

       Costs for Laser Tattoo Removal

Each tattoo is unique.  Several factors are evaluated in determining specific pricing.

These include: your overall health; the age of the tattoo; the tattoo size; the ink colors in the tattoo; the depth and density of the ink in the tattoo.

Some tattoos are not treatable-these include tattoos that are fluorescent and glow in the dark.  Tattoos with white present unique problems since there is no laser light wavelength that treats white and often when the laser passes over white, the ink oxidizes and turns dark.

Basic pricing is per treatment session and starts at $99 for the smallest tattoos (less than the size of a postage stamp).  Larger tattoos average $200-300 per treatment. Very large tattoos are proportionately more. Financing is available.

Through years of experience, Dr. Burke is also able to evaluate and offer the best treatment options for you.  With large tattoos it is better to break up the sessions and treat 1/3 or 1/2 of the tattoo each time.

There is no charge for tattoos that were placed for radiation treatment.

Dr.Burke discounts pricing for veterans, those enlisting in the service, military, police.

He also offers discounts for removal of gang tattoos.

For those needing treatment of several tattoos at the same session, discounts are given based on the number of tattoos treated.

Package discounts are available ranging from 10%-20% depending on the package chosen.

We do not charge for tattoo consultations. All tattoo removal consultations are free.

We have the added advantage of the ability to prescribe topical anesthetics or administer local anesthetic injections directly into the treated area for added comfort. No one else is able to provide conscious sedation for tattoo removal treatments.

During your consultation visit we  formulate a custom treatment plan. (This consultation appointment is free).

Laser Tattoo Removal is the  safest and most effective method available to remove Unwanted Ink.

Millions of Men and women have unwanted ink.  Over 23% of Americans have ink that they no longer want!


Laser Tattoo Removal is based on science and applies  Principles of Physics to  assures that the correct wavelength of light emitted by the laser is used (based on tattoo ink colors), and the laser is carefully calibrated, tuned, and manufactured.  The goal  is to remove unwanted ink in as short a time as possible with minimal side effects.

Two mechanisms have been proposed for the fragmentation of tattoo ink: Thermal and Acoustic.

Tattoo removal lasers produce bursts of light of specific frequencies, targeting a color spectrum in the tattoo’s ink. Laser treatments heat and fragment tattoo pigment particles resulting in their breaking up into much smaller particles. These fragmented pieces are removed by normal body processes.

Laser tattoo removal follows the principle of  selective photothermolysis.  This means that laser light must destroys the target without damaging the surrounding tissue (skin).

This requires careful choice, manufacture, and calibration of the laser used, as well as the wavelength of light used so that the thermal relaxation time (defined as the time necessary for the target to cool 50% through diffusion of heat to surrounding tissues) is greater than the laser pulse duration.

Fluence sufficient to reach a damaging temperature in target chromophores (tattoo inks) without damaging surrounding tissue structures is the critical element of selective photothermolysis”.


  •  Our advanced laser systems include the fastest ruby laser available (removes resistant blue and green inks)! This is twice as fast as traditional lasers of this wavelength.

We use multiple tattoo removal lasers  to treat unwanted ink!

Q switched Nd:Yag lasers (treat many  tattoo colors including black and red-yellow-orange

Ruby laser (for resistant green, blue, aqua colors).


Our goals are to minimize  discomfort during removal, to complete removal in the safest way possible, to minimize side effects, and to erase your ink in the shortest time possible.

Several options are available to make treatments more comfortable.

We are the only clinic offering conscious sedation for laser tattoo removal.


We have select our tattoo removal lasers based on their safety as well as their ability to remove tattoo colors.  This begins with selection of the laser and its treatment 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.  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 provide a uniform beam so there are no missed spots and  skin overheating is minimized.


The tattoo removal consultation and treatment process is available for your view from a  recent interview with Dr.Burke  in the article: Tattoos and Regrets in the age of lasers. by Ali Shapiro.

       laser tattoo removal explained

Dr. Burke has applied his Laser Research to the clinical removal of unwanted ink.

Dr. Burke is the principal investigator in research projects with many major laser companies including: Cynosure; Erchonia; Quanta; and Astanza.

Landmark studies completed include  use of the Quanta laser for tattoo removal using a 3 week treatments interval.  This study was of importance since varying  intervals between each laser treatment (including 4, 6, and 8 weeks between treatments) have been used and recommended even though  there is no actual science indicating which is safest. Often those who ” regret their tattoo” want it erased or faded, preferring that it be done as fast as possible.  This study demonstrated significant time savings using this interval.  Tattoo removal was shortened by up to 63% with no adverse effects.

Dr.Burke completed thermal studies in men and women using the Smart Lipo Laser for liposculpture.  These proved that lower temperatures provided optimal skin shrinkage with an improved safety profile compared to the higher temperatures initially recommended. These were published in the Journal of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and were also presented at their annual meetings.

Dr. Burke also completed a study using the Astanza Ruby 694 laser for resistant tattoo ink removal.  His results were presented at the annual AACS meeting. There was dramatic tattoo clearance of resistant ink colors using this wavelength of light.

Dr.Burke also was principal investigator for a cold laser developed by Erchonia corporation for pain relief.

In addition to being one of Michigan’s top cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Burke is a tattoo removal expert. With over 28 years of experience, Dr. Burke has produced great results for  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  selectively targets tattoo 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!  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. (accurracy approaches up to 80%). During your consultation, Dr. Burke will assess your tattoo and provide an educated estimate of how many treatments you might 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 28 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.