How long does laser tattoo removal take?

If you are considering laser tattoo removal, you will certainly want to know the duration of treatment, so that you can set clear expectations about the process.  The truth is, laser tattoo removal takes time, but it is still the best option available for clearing tattoos.  

How laser tattoo removal works

The laser emits short pulses of energy that targets the tattoo, and shatters the ink into tiny particles.  The particles are then gradually processed through the body’s immune system and then removed.

How long does laser tattoo removal take?

It can take anywhere from 6-8 sessions to remove a typical tattoo.  However, there are several factors that can affect the duration of the process including ink colors used, size of the tattoo, type of ink applied, and skin type.   

The laser technology used will also influence the time it takes to remove the tattoo, because some lasers are faster and more efficient than others.

Laser tattoo removal sessions are spaced 6-8 weeks apart to allow the skin adequate time to properly heal, and also remove the ink that was broken down in the previous session.  Scheduling treatment sessions too close together could potentially damage the skin (click here to learn more).

Laser tattoo removal Consultation

It’s important to consult with a skilled, experienced laser tattoo removal practitioner, to ensure that you get the best possible results.  After assessing the unique characteristics of your tattoo, the practitioner will be able to estimate how long clearance is likely to take. 

Would you like to learn more about laser tattoo removal?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the greater Los Angeles and Orange County areas, Laser Skin Care Center, Long Beach, CA is our featured practice.

You can reach them at, or by calling (562) 418-5251.

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