Laser tattoo removal is the best way to get rid of unwanted tattoos. While it can be an effective way to remove any color of tattoo from any skin type of color, there are many different factors that can affect how many laser tattoo removal sessions you will need.
At Impressions Skin Solutions in Hendersonville, TN, we offer state-of-the-art laser technology for tattoo removal. We frequently offer these services and are experienced in helping our patients know what to expect from their tattoo removal services. We will prepare you for the treatment and determine how many treatments you can expect to have.
What Is Laser Tattoo Removal?
Laser tattoo removal is a non-invasive treatment that uses a laser device to target the pigment in the skin that makes up the tattoo. This laser emits a high-intensity beam of light that goes through the top layers of skin and then is absorbed by the tattoo’s pigment.
This causes the particles of ink to begin to break down into pieces that are small enough to be eliminated by the body’s immune system. The process is usually repeated several times over the course of a few months to completely remove the tattoo.
How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?
During your laser removal tattoo service, you will sit down with us to discuss your tattoo, your medical history, your goals, and any factors that may impact your treatment. Next, you will come for your first appointment. We may apply a topical anesthetic and then begin the laser treatment.
The laser is applied to the skin in short bursts that penetrate into the skin. They can be customized to target different colors depending on the pigments that are in your tattoo. Then the ink particles will break down, and your body will naturally eliminate the shattered ink particles over time.
Is Laser Tattoo Removal Painful?
The amount of discomfort experienced by each patient is different and can be difficult to compare due to varying levels of tolerance. The treatment may feel like a rubber band being snapped on your skin. Different methods such as cooling gel and topical anesthetic can be used to make you more comfortable during your laser tattoo removal treatment.
Factors that Affect the Number of Sessions Needed
Size of Your Tattoo
Small tattoos may only need a couple of treatments. However, If you have a large tattoo that you want treated with laser tattoo removal, it may need to be treated in sections. This is because your body may have a harder time eliminating a large amount of ink at one time. You can plan on scheduling more sessions the larger your tattoo is.
Ink Color and Type
The number of tattoo removal services will also depend on the color of ink and the type of ink that was used to create the tattoo. Dark colors such as black and dark blue are often much easier to remove than yellow, red, or light blue. Certain types of ink also break down faster than others.
Location of the Tattoo
Some areas of your body have better circulation than others. More blood flow can lead to faster fading of tattoos treated with laser tattoo removal. Areas of the body that may have better circulation and require fewer treatments may be the face, upper arms, and upper back. Areas that may require more treatments may be the feet, ankles, or lower legs.
Age of the Tattoo
Older tattoos that have already faded or blurred over time are usually much easier to remove using laser removal for tattoos. If your tattoo is newer with brighter colors and sharper lines, it could take a few more sessions to satisfactorily remove.
People of all different skin tones may be able to take advantage of tattoo removal services. However, the color of your skin may impact the number of sessions you have to schedule. Darker skin tones may need to be treated with more caution, which may mean more sessions with less intensity.
Health of the Skin
Because your immune system does all the work of removing the ink once the laser treatment has been performed, the health of your skin will make a difference in how many sessions are needed. Those with healthy skin will likely experience faster healing as well as more efficient removal of the ink.
Layering of Tattoos
If you covered up an old tattoo by layering another one over top, you may require more laser tattoo removal treatments to be able to remove all the ink. The process will typically target ink that is closest to the surface first before treating and breaking down deeper ink layers.
The Number of Sessions Needed
Smaller tattoos may require between five and eight sessions while larger tattoos may require between 10 and 12. However, you should always talk to your doctor to find out how many tattoo removal services you can expect to undergo since this can vary greatly based on all of the factors we have discussed.
Choosing a Laser Tattoo Removal Clinic
Estimating the number of sessions needed for laser tattoo removal can be an important part of the process and can help you achieve the desired results. Many different factors, including tattoo size, ink color and type, location, age, and skin tone, will be considered before we make an estimate. At Impressions Skin Solutions in Hendersonville, TN, we provide tattoo removal solutions for individuals in many different situations. You can book a consultation with us today by contacting us online or calling (615) 551-9707.