How long does it take to remove a tattoo?
Laser tattoo removal can take at least 8 months to successfully remove an unwanted tattoo, and it’s common to really start noticing your tattoo fading within the first 3 removal sessions. However, the amount of time can vary for many reasons:
No such thing as an average tattoo
Just as there is truly no “average” person, there is no such thing as an average tattoo. Every tattoo, like the person who decided to get it in the first place, is unique. A tattoo’s location, color, age, and size can vary greatly, and those are all factors that can increase or decrease the number of removal sessions.
So while it can take at least 8 months to remove a tattoo, some tattoos may take more time to remove while others take less time. It simply depends on those factors among other considerations like skin color and type. Tattoos on darker skin can take more time to remove, but the end result will be worth it.
Wait in-between laser tattoo removal sessions
Laser tattoo removal can be painful and potentially cause damage to the skin. In order to reduce pain and eliminate the risk of scarring, we recommend 6 to 8 weeks between each removal session.
Not only does waiting between sessions help prevent scars and reduce pain; it also allows the skin to heal properly and let the immune system flush away ink particles removed by the laser.
If you don’t follow your laser technician’s aftercare instructions, your skin may not heal properly or as well, which may result in your next removal session being pushed back even further.
Can you speed up the removal process?
While the laser technicians can’t exactly speed up the tattoo removal process, you can take some steps to boost your immune system’s response.
Eat healthy and sleep well
When you get a cold, two things most doctors will tell you to do is eat well and get a lot of sleep. That’s because eating healthier foods and sleeping well are key to having an optimized immune system. An optimized immune system will do a more effective job of removing ink particles and flushing them out of your body.
Drink less alcohol
Alcohol consumption can affect your immune system, meaning it’ll affect how long it will take to successfully remove your unwanted tattoo. This doesn’t mean you need to stop drinking entirely. Just drink in moderation. Pay attention to how much you drink and drink less than normal.
Quit smoking and vaping
Quitting smoking and/or vaping is a very difficult process, but it’s worth it. Aside from the fact that quitting smoking or vaping can greatly reduce the risk of cancer and other serious health issues, it can also accelerate the tattoo removal process.
Smoking and vaping are difficult on your immune system, which plays a very important role in flushing out ink particles as the skin heals from tattoo removal sessions.
Protect your skin
You can get a head start on the laser tattoo removal process before it even begins by taking good care of your skin. One of the best ways to do that is to apply sunscreen whenever you go outside and reapply according to your sunscreen’s instructions.
Sunscreen protects the skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays, which can cause cancer and negatively affect the skin in more minor ways.
Avoid tanning beds as well. If you need to have that tan look, research tanning sprays instead. Tanning sprays are less harmful to your skin and won’t cause you to get wrinkles earlier in life. Plus you can always remove the spray if you don’t like the look.
Last but certainly not least, do not forget to follow your laser technician’s aftercare instructions following each removal session.
Contact Dr. Ink Eraser for a free laser tattoo removal quote
Remember: Laser tattoo removal is a process that takes multiple sessions with several weeks of wait time. But if you want to get rid of your unwanted tattoo, chances are, that time will be worth it.
At Dr. Ink Eraser, we’ll make sure your time with us is used just as efficiently and effectively as our laser tattoo removal treatments are.
That’s why we offer a free tattoo removal quote. We’ll review your tattoo and give you an estimate of how many sessions we think it will take to remove and a general price estimate.
Contact Dr. Ink Eraser today to schedule an appointment for your free laser tattoo removal appointment or for more information.