If you are one of the many people who have gotten a tattoo that you no longer love, it may be time to consider laser tattoo removal. Whether your ink features the name of a past flame, a silly trend that you outgrew, or simply the work of an artist who didn’t quite get it right, tattoo removal can help you take off on the road to recovering from regrettable artwork.
Here’s what you need to know about fixing your bad ink.
How Soon Can You Begin Removal?
The healing process after tattooing can take several months to complete. This is because the ink is initially suspended in an upper layer of the dermis, or the second layer of skin. As your body reacts to the hundreds of tiny puncture wounds created by the needle, it forms a protective barrier around and over the inked cells. This is what keeps the ink in place and stops it from being flushed out through your lymphatic system. This process usually takes a couple months to complete, so you can expect to wait at least six weeks after receiving your tattoo to have it treated with a tattoo removal laser.
How Many Sessions Does It Take?
Ultimately, the number of sessions required to remove a tattoo will depend on the amount of ink, the number of ink colors, and the depth of ink in your tattoo and its location on your body and the melanin in your skin. Black and other dark inks are easiest to treat as more of the laser light that breaks down the ink particles is absorbed. Yellow, pink and white ink are more difficult colors to treat and will require extra treatment sessions. In general, nearly all tattoos can be removed in three to eight sessions without a problem.
How Fast Do Tattoos Fade?
Each treatment will target the ink-impregnated cells and break down the particles so that your body can naturally remove them through the lymphatic system. The tattoo removal process starts with the laser treatment itself with your physician and the type of laser used, and then the real work by your body to remove the ink begins.
Your skin may feel slightly bruised, sunburned and/or itchy while your body works to rebuild healthy cells and remove damaged ones. The actual results of your treatment will be visible in six to eight weeks after your body has had an opportunity to flush your broken-down ink particles. Each successive treatment will require another six to eight weeks to remove the newly broken down particles. Depending on how quickly your body flushes out the ink and how many sessions you need, it will take anywhere from six months to a year plus to completely fade.
Can You Receive a New Tattoo Over the Treated Area?
The short answer is yes. Many people choose to have an undesirable tattoo removed or faded so that they can free up space on their body for something more desirable in the future. However, it is always important to check with your physician six to eight weeks after your final treatment to ensure that your skin has completely healed. Your skin will be especially sensitive to sunlight after treatment is complete, so wait on the new design until you are positive that your skin is ready to absorb the ink again.
Delete — Tattoo Removal and Laser Salon
Laser tattoo removal is a safe, popular and effective way to remove unwanted artwork from your body. It is important that you consult with a qualified physician, like those at Delete Tattoo Removal, who will be able to give you a clear understanding of the number of treatments that you will need to complete, and the possible side effects related to tattoo removal laser sessions.
At Delete, we use the PicoWay Laser for removing tattoos. This revolutionary new technology has cut the number of treatments needed to remove a tattoo in half for many of our patients. Please schedule a consultation with us today to see how many treatments you will need to remove your unwanted ink.