Nov 11 2017

How Many Laser Tattoo Removal Session Are Necessary?

How Many Tattoo Removal Sessions - Mystic, CT

Laser tattoo removal in actionLaser tattoo removal is a revolutionary option for dealing with unwanted tattoos in different parts of the body. The laser systems that are designed to remove tattoos carefully target the ink that has been left within the skin. The lasers effectively break up the ink itself, causing it to disperse within the skin and fade away in the process. Laser tattoo removal does not involve any scarring or excessive heating, and the results can be quite dramatic.

People who consider getting laser tattoo removal often contact our Mystic cosmetic practice and ask us how much it costs and how many sessions will be necessary. Let's cover some of the basics and the unique challenges that a tattoo can pose to skin care specialists.

On Average, How Many Sessions Do Patients Need?

In general, 6 to 12 laser tattoo removal sessions will be required to remove a tattoo. More sessions may be necessary for patients with complicated or challenging tattoos. Each session is spaced about 6 to 8 weeks apart depending on the needs of the patient.

Why the Number of Removal Sessions Can Vary

There are a number of factors that can translate into multiple sessions for laser tattoo removal. These factors include:

  • The color or colors of the tattoo
  • The type of inks used
  • The size of the tattoo
  • The complexity of the tattoo

Let's go into these in more detail below so you understand the kinds of considerations and challenges involved.

Some Ink Colors Are More Challenging Than Others

To remove certain pigments of ink, different wavelengths of lasers are required. No single laser will provide a solution, meaning that multiple lasers may be necessary to achieve optimal effects.

In general, black tattoos tend to be the easiest ones to remove. Other colors present their own unique challenges, but yellow and white inks tend to be most difficult. In fact, these lighter pigments may not be removable in some cases.

The Size of the Tattoo

The larger the tattoo is, the more time it will take to remove it. This could translate into a longer time at the office during a laser removal session, or more sessions overall so a surgeon can work on the tattoo in sections. Whatever the case may be, more surface area means more time.

The Complexity of the Tattoo

Some tattoos are layers, multi-colored, and use special custom inks to achieve shading and other effects. With these more complicated tattoos, additional sessions may be required in order to address the varying layers of color and to carefully work on the shading effects.

Tailoring Laser Tattoo Removal to Your Needs

In order to get the best results from laser tattoo removal, it's imperative that treatments be custom tailored to the patient. That means coming in for a consultation with us. We can look at the tattoo and determine generally how many visits will be necessary to successfully remove it.

We can also suggest other options if the tattoo cannot be fully removed. In some cases, patients may want to consider getting a revision tattoo to cover up the previous image.

Learn More About Laser Tattoo Removal

If you would like to learn more about laser tattoo removal and how it can help you, be sure to speak with an experienced cosmetic dermatology specialist today. We will be more than happy to assess your situation and offer insight into the treatment process and what it entails.

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