Tattoo Removal for Small Tattoos - Dr. Ink Eraser

Tattoo Removal for Small Tattoos

small tattoo of a pawprint

Can you get a small tattoo removed?

Yes, in the majority of cases, you can get a small tattoo removed.

How many sessions does it take to remove a small tattoo?

There is no exact number for how many sessions it takes to remove a small tattoo. But that’s the same for every tattoo, regardless of size or location. There are several factors that can help determine the number of sessions it takes to remove a small tattoo: Even a very small tattoo located on your face could require more sessions than you expect depending on certain factors, such as:

Tattoo size

A small tattoo can mean different things to different people. For some, a small tattoo might mean a little star that’s the size of a quarter; for others, it could be something 6 inches in diameter. 

The more specific information your laser technician has up front, the better estimate they can give you regarding the number of sessions and cost for removing your small tattoo.

Tattoo location

Location matters quite a bit more than you’d think when it comes to laser tattoo removal, even for smaller tattoos. The closer a tattoo is to your heart, the easier it is to remove. This is because when the laser breaks the ink into even smaller particles, it is flushed out following the flow of your blood. Because the heart is what pumps blood throughout the body, it’s easier for the ink particles to be flushed out faster.

Tattoo age

Newer tattoos are more difficult to remove than older ones. All tattoos fade over time, and that means older tattoos have had more time to fade and therefore are easier for the laser to break down into particles.

Ink colors and ink depth

The number of inks and the ink colors used impact the number of removal sessions. Having more than one ink color may require more than one type of laser for removal, and certain ink colors are easier to remove than others. 

The depth of the ink matters, too — if your tattoo was done by a professional tattoo artist with lots of experience, chances are likely the ink penetrated the skin a bit deeper than the work of an amateur tattoo artist would.

Skin tone

Darker skin tones require more removal sessions than lighter skin tones. To avoid discoloration, darker skin requires using a laser that causes less damage to the skin but is less effective at tattoo removal.

How long does tattoo removal take for a small tattoo?

It depends on the number of sessions it takes to remove a small tattoo. Between each session, you will need to wait for a certain amount of time. You may be able to make the time between laser tattoo removal sessions shorter by taking the following steps:

Drink less alcohol and drink more water

Your immune system is one of the most important things when it comes to a successful laser tattoo removal. Making healthier decisions to keep your immune system at peak performance really matters, and one thing you can do to help it is to stay hydrated. 

Drinking more water regularly can help, and so does cutting back on alcohol consumption.

Stop smoking and/or vaping

Smoking and vaping can greatly reduce a successful tattoo removal outcome. If you want to get rid of your tattoo for good, it’s time to quit smoking and vaping.

Protect your skin from the sun

The sun’s harmful UV rays can damage your skin, and that is not something you want to deal with on top of laser tattoo removal. Wear sunscreen with at least 30 SPF UVA and UVA protection and reapply following the sunscreen’s instructions. 

You should also skip the tanning bed, which mimics those harmful rays.

How much does it cost to remove a small tattoo?

The cost for removing a small tattoo depends on your laser tattoo removal clinic or technician. Clinics can charge a flat rate per session or appointment, by the square inch, or a generic size. 

The best way to determine the cost of removing your small tattoo is to consult with a laser technician during your initial consultation.

Dr. Ink Eraser offers a free quote that can be done either in-person or online over email or social media — whichever is most convenient for you and your schedule.

Contact Dr. Ink Eraser for more information

Contact Dr. Ink Eraser today for a free laser tattoo removal quote for removing your small tattoo. You won’t regret working with us. With over 20 years of removing tattoos, we use the best equipment and even have painless tattoo removal options. We look forward to hearing from you soon!