Whether you believe your tattoo is not of high quality or you no longer find your tattoo impressive, you do not have to live with it for life. With the help of medical laser equipment, tattoo removal has become a real thing. However, it is natural to feel concerned when undergoing the removal process for the very first time. One of most common questions people ask is about the time it will take to have a tattoo removed completely. Let’s find out more about the answer.
Time It Takes to Remove a Tattoo
Every patient seems worried and concerned about the duration of the removal process and the time it takes to completely remove the tattoo from your body. Many people decide to undergo a treatment considering the time it takes to get desired results. Many women would want to remove it before a special event, but it is not always possible to get quick results. So many factors play a role here, including the ability of your body to eliminate ink from the surface of your skin. In some cases, it takes up to a year to completely eliminate ink, but it may not take that long for some people to get results. Therefore, you should discuss it with the specialist before setting any expectations upfront.
Depending on your skin tone, you may have to wait for at least six weeks between laser sessions to give your skin ample time to heal. It also depends on your body’s immune system to respond properly to the treatment and flush away ink in a short time. Keep in mind that it can take longer – more than eight weeks – for people with darker complexions to see results from laser tattoo removal. You should understand that going for consecutive treatments too early would not produce better results, but it could damage your skin and lead to permanent side effects. The use of especially designed medical laser equipment has really lowered risk of side effects, but your skin type and immune system will play a role here. Therefore, it is a good idea to wait for at least three months between consecutive treatments.
It is worth pointing out that it is not possible to say for sure exactly how many treatments you are going to need to have your tattoo removed completely. However, a good tattoo removal practitioner will talk about treatment ranges with you. Most patients get good results in 5-8 treatments, but there are cases where patients see results in 3-4 treatments. You need more treatments though in case of layered tattoos and significant scarring.
It is worth mentioning that tattoo removal is usually a painless process, but some may find it a bit uncomfortable. Again, how you feel during the treatment depends heavily on the size and location of your tattoo. A specialist may decide to use a topical anaesthesia cream in case you are concerned about pain and irritation. Be sure to apply an icepack to the area after treatment and use an antibiotic cream for some time. It is also a good idea to protect the treated area with bandage. Talk to the specialist about other precautions you need to take after undergoing laser tattoo removal.