Laser Tattoo Removal

Why Choose Cascade Tattoo Removal in Portland, Or?

When considering what laser for your laser tattoo removal treatment, it is important to understand that not all lasers are the same! The type of laser you choose for your removal will make a huge difference in the number of overall treatments needed. What really separates our laser from others is the Square Spot Opti-Beam technology that distributes energy effectively over the whole spot size. This technology will remove your tattoo faster and will significantly decrease your chance of scarring and also decrease the overall cost.

Our goal is to bring your skin back to normal as possible. We like to be as honest and straightforward as possible with our customers regarding the overall number of treatments needed and the overall cost. Although we offer the latest technology in Portland, we still believe tattoo removal should not break the bank. Give us a chance to exceed your expectations!

Laser Tattoo Removal Portland Oregon
3 Treatments - 2017

Laser Tattoo removal using the Q plus c laser!

We researched the latest technological lasers, in great detail. At the end of the day we realized that the Q plus C laser was the clear choice. It has special wave lengths designed specifically for removing tattoos of all colors. Our laser is considered to be the best in the world! It is still a process, but most people that do their homework on the best laser and the best prices, normally choose us! Our goal is to remove your tattoo in the fewest treatments possible. We are driven by our results.

23b40951eda051917771648a002f33fbThe Q plus C Laser from Quanta was designed in Italy, specifically for tattoo removal. Italy is well known for producing the highest quality products and their specialization of designs is incomparable. 

The Q plus C is the Lamborghini of tattoo removal lasers so to speak. The Q plus C is currently the ONLY device on the market to offer 3 true wavelengths. The 694nm Ruby wavelength treats  ALL ink colors. Come see for yourself. Whether you need to remove a poorly rendered tattoo, make room for a new one, or perhaps you have one that you've simply grown to regret, we can help erase your past, for a brighter future. 

How much does tattoo removal cost?

At Cascade Tattoo Removal we try to be as straightforward and honest as possible in regards to the total cost associated with your removal. Our goal is to remove your tattoo in the fewest treatments possible. Your results are our number one priority. Although our Practitioners will quote you a specific price in person, we have a pricing page on this website to give our customers a general idea of the overall cost. We also offer a great financing option for fuller medium and larger tattoos. 

How does laser tattoo removal work?

The laser delivers very short pulses of high intensity light into the treated area. The tattoo inks and pigments then selectively absorb the light without destroying the normal surrounding skin tissue in the process. The tattoo is dissolved into smaller ink particles that are harmlessly removed by your body’s immune system in the weeks following treatment.

How does the body remove the shattered ink?

Two key processes break up the ink – the pigment in your tattoo will absorb the energy from the laser and break apart; also, the incredibly fast pulse (6-billionths of a second!) and energy of the laser will cause the ink to shatter like a sugar cube breaking apart. Once the ink is broken down by the laser, the body will respond by moving fluid to the area to help flush away the ink. This immune-response will be obvious in the form of some swelling and redness in the area. Over the next days and weeks the ink will be flushed away. This doesn’t happen overnight. Removing a tattoo takes a number of sessions.

What about multi colored tattoos?


Not all lasers are equal. Our Q plus C laser has a very special Ruby wavelength (not altered by dye hand pieces) designed to remove the most difficult ink colors. At Cascade, we like to give realistic expectations for multi colored inks. 

Above- Blue ink is considered the most difficult to remove. Here is a current process from 11/2016 removing  a difficult colored ink. Although it is still a process, the Q plus C will optimize your results. 


 How long does each treatment take?

Laser treatment usually does not take more than a few minutes, depending on the complexity and color(s) of the tattoo. On average, we can have you in and out in 15 minutes!

How many treatments does the tattoo removal process require?

Removing a tattoo is a fading process that requires a series of treatments scheduled four to six weeks apart. Black inks usually respond more quickly than bright colors because they absorb the light better. The depth, color and amount of ink, as well as the location of the tattoo on your body are all determining factors in how long and how quickly we will be able to get your tattoo off. Most tattoos can be removed in four to twelve treatments.Before:After2

Will my tattoo be removed completely?

In most cases tattoos are completely removed. The depth, density and colors are the biggest determining factors. After each treatment a little bit more ink is fragmented a little deeper into your skin.

Is the laser tattoo removal process painful?

Most patients say that the laser treatment feels like being snapped by a rubber band and that the discomfort is roughly equivalent to having a tattoo applied. Here at Cascade Tattoo Removal we make every effort on making the procedure as comfortable as possible by using the Zimmer chiller unit and numbing creams to help lessen the discomfort. We offer lidocaine numbing cream for around 10-20$ and numbing injections for 25-50$ per session. Please let us know in advance if you would like one of these options.12191033_1643304755947194_821366546427790401_n

In preparation for a laser procedure doctors recommend that non-aspirin products be used for minor pain prior to the procedure. Do not use aspirin or Ibuprofen as this can produce bruising after treatment.

We are also unique in using the Zimmer Cryo 6 cooling system. We cool the skin before, during and after the procedure, reducing pain while decreasing thermal temperature.

Does the laser tattoo removal process cause scarring?

In order to remove a tattoo without scarring, a Q-switched laser must be used. The term Q-switched indicates that the laser is pulsed so quickly (6-billionths of a second!) that it is able to dissolve the ink without destroying the live tissue in the process. Similar to running your hand over a candle very quickly, there is not enough time to burn the skin. Redness, swelling, blistering and scabbing may follow tattoo removal laser treatments. Keep in mind, with laser tattoo removal, there is always the risk of scarring. Our laser has a square spot that is considered the best laser for your skin and our practitioners are certified skin professionals ensure your skin condition is a top priority. 

Can I lighten an existing tattoo?

Many tattoo artists encourage customers to lighten an existing tattoo before covering it with a new one. This dramatically reduces any chance of the old tattoo appearing through the new one. In most cases, a minimum of three to six treatments is all that’s required to lighten an existing tattoo.

Is this treatment safe?

Laser treatment is a safe and effective method of removal of tattoos. It is performed by a certified laser skin technician skilled in the use of lasers.

Does my insurance pay for this?

Currently this procedure is not included as a health insurance benefit. Insurance companies consider this a cosmetic or aesthetic procedure.


Cascade Medical Spa & Tattoo Removal Center

Contact Cascade Medical Spa & Tattoo Removal Center for prices.
Portland's #1 business for tattoo removal and skin treatments.

1292 SE Holgate Blvd.
Portland, OR

Phone: 503-395-7736