How Many Treatments to Expect When You’re Planning to Remove Your Tattoo

How Many Treatments to Expect When You’re Planning to Remove Your Tattoo

Getting a tattoo is a great way to express yourself, remember milestones, and even honor the people you love most. But because the seasons of life are constantly changing, it’s not unusual to want to remove a tattoo, especially if it’s a painful daily reminder. 

You might think you’re stuck with your tattoo, but tattoo removal technology has advanced considerably, making it possible for you to kiss the past goodbye. 

One of the questions we get asked most often is about the number of treatments it takes to get rid of a tattoo. On average, a tattoo needs 6-12 removal treatments, but the exact number depends on the tattoo itself and some factors about your lifestyle, as well. Here, our experts at EGO share what goes into your tattoo removal plan.

Size of your tattoo

When it comes to tattoo removal, size matters. A tiny butterfly on your ankle is far easier to remove than a full sleeve.

Color of your tattoo

Of all the colors, black is the most responsive to tattoo removal procedures. So if your tattoo is multicolored, it may take more treatments. 

We also consider the amount of ink used in the creation of your tattoo. Higher-end tattoos from professional artists tend to have more ink, making them require a bit more elbow grease to remove. 

Location of your tattoo

Those areas of your body that have less vascular supply, such as your feet and lower legs, often take longer to remove. 

Age of your tattoo

Age also makes a difference in matters of tattoo removal. Fresh ink is much harder to remove than tattoos that have been around for a while. 

Your habits

Your lifestyle and your habits play a significant role in how easily your tattoo lightens. For example, smokers have a tougher time with tattoo removal, most likely due to slow wound healing. 

Your skin color

Those with lighter skin typically need fewer treatments. That’s because lighter skin doesn’t absorb as much light energy from the laser as darker skin. Therefore, more light energy is focused on the tattoo. 

We use less powerful lasers on darker-toned skin to avoid scarring and damage, but that often results in more treatment sessions.

The basics of tattoo removal

To remove your tattoo, we use a laser to deliver short, concentrated pulses of light into the design. The heat from the lasers effectively breaks up the ink particles, lightening the appearance of your tattoo. 

The particles eventually get processed by your immune system. White blood cells carry them to your liver where they’re later flushed out with other foreign objects and toxins from your body. 

Tattoo removal is a fairly simple and painless process. Most patients report a sensation like a hot rubber band snapping on their skin or a sunburn being scratched. We apply a numbing cream to the treatment area to keep you as comfortable as possible. 

Immediately following your treatment, you may need to apply a cold compress to the area to control inflammation and discomfort. We also recommend that you avoid physical activity, hot showers, makeup, sun exposure, non-prescribed medication, and ointments for at least the first few days. 

You may also have a dressing that needs to be changed every day to keep the area clean and dry. 

Are you ready to see the past disappear? Request an appointment online or over the phone at our Modesto, California, office today. 

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