How Long Does it Take to Remove a Tattoo?

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BodyLase laser tattoo removalTattoos have become increasingly popular in our culture in the last few decades.  Once the bastion of sailors and gang members, tattoos are now sported by businessmen and grandmothers alike. This phenomenon has become globally popular, and the tattoo industry has been revolutionized making it exceptionally advanced and modern. The ‘Inked’ culture is at its peak and the number of people entering a tattoo parlor is increasing by leaps and bounds.

The sad news for the tattoo industry, however, is that the number of people regretting their tattoo is increasing at the same rate. Sometimes it’s due to a bad design, sometimes it‘s due to a broken relationship, but whatever the reason tattoo removal is now a booming business.

Although getting a tattoo removed might seem like a daunting task, a safe and effective method exists to help you get rid of that ink on your skin – Laser Tattoo Removal.

How does it work?

The laser light passes through the skin and targets the ink in the tattoo.  The laser causes the ink to break into tiny particles that your body’s immune system will carry away and eliminate naturally over time.  Dark color pigments, such as black and dark green, are easiest to remove, however, other colors can also be removed successfully. In general, the lighter the color, the harder it is to remove.

Candidates for Laser Tattoo Removal

Most tattoos can be removed using a laser.  This is especially true for candidates who have attempted to have the tattoo removed by other methods and have scarring in the area. The best candidate is a fair-skinned person with a dark colored tattoo.  People with darker skin are also candidates for laser tattoo removal although the removal process may take longer as darker skin needs greater protection from the laser light.

Find an Expert

Do your research before having a tattoo removed.  Look for a reputable laser center with lots of experience removing tattoos.  Ask questions. How many tattoos have they removed? Do they have pictures of the results?  What type of laser do they use?  Is that the best laser for your tattoo size and color?

Number of Sessions

Most people need 6 to 8 sessions to completely remove their tattoo. The number of treatments needed  depends on the size of the tattoo, the colors used, and your skin type.  Large tattoos can take 10 sessions or more. In order for the skin to heal, sessions are spaced 6-8 weeks apart.  The time between treatments will depend on your skin color and the speed at which your skin heals.  Tattoos further away from the heart, such as those on the lower legs or ankles, usually take longer to heal due to reduced circulation in the extremities. Tattoo removal can be a long, slow process.  The average tattoo will take at least 8 months to remove.

Side Effects

After a laser tattoo removal treatment, most people experience blisters, swelling, pinpoint bleeding, and redness in the treated area.  These side effects are common and should subside after a few weeks.

Is it safe?

Laser tattoo removal technology offers much easier and safer solution than the traditional methods of tattoo removal such as dermabrasion and surgical excision.  Other than the temporary side effects, laser tattoo removal is very safe in experienced hands.

For more information on laser tattoo removal at Bodylase®, contact one of our technicians at 919-954-2288 (Raleigh) or 919-851-8989 (Cary).