One of the most common questions about tattoo removal is: How many sessions will it take to completely remove my tattoo? A safe estimate is most tattoos take somewhere between 3-12 sessions for removal. This is a wide range and there are many factors that determine the total number of sessions you will need. This post will discuss three factors that help determine the number of laser tattoo removal appointments needed.
Amount of Ink/depth of ink
The more ink (also referred to as ink density) you have in your tattoo the longer it will take to remove it. More ink simply means that it will take your body more time to clear away the ink particles after being blasted by the laser. This is why it takes the outlines of tattoos longer to remove – the outlines of tattoos have a greater ink density.
The depth of the ink in the skin also plays a factor in the number of treatments needed. Deeper ink takes longer to remove. This is why amateur or homemade tattoos generally tend to fade faster – they usually aren’t set deep enough in the skin and contain less ink than professional tattoos.
Different colors in the tattoo require different wavelengths of light to remove them. Black and red are the easiest colors to remove, while greens, blues, and yellows are more difficult to remove and may take more treatments.
Tattoos that are located closer to the heart and major blood vessels tend to fade faster. This is because the body, specifically the lymphatic system, flushes out the ink particles once the laser breaks them down. Tattoos that are located on the head, neck or torso fade faster than tattoos located on the wrists, fingers, feet or ankles.
During your free consultation, Dr. Brotzman will give you an estimated number of treatments needed depending on these factors. Remove A Tattoo is a physician performed tattoo removal clinic, located in Glendale, serving the greater Milwaukee Area. Give us a call to start your tattoo removal today! 414-617-2849.