All tattoos are unique in there nature, and not all pigments and inks are identical. Due to these distinctive differences, it is difficult to predict how many laser tattoo removal sessions it will take to completely remove a tattoo.
Typically tattoos can be removed in as little as 5 treatments, or may extend up to 12 sessions or at times even more.
There are a few factors to take into consideration when removing a tattoo.
- Location on the body
- Amount of ink used (meaning is it a cover-up?)
- Fitzpatrick skin type
- Is it a professional tattoo or amateur?
- Type of ink used
- Pre-existing scarring from the tattoo process
- Depth of Ink in the skin
- Technology of the laser
- Overall health of the patient
Most patients wish for the least amount of sessions of tattoo removal, however, it is important to treat the skin type and color of ink accordingly, as well as safely to avoid further scarring and issues. Treating a tattoo on higher settings then recommended, or shortening the time between treatments, does not give the best results and can alternatively result in further problems as well as potential burning and scarring.
One way to assess how many treatments are approximately needed is by re-assessing the tattoo 6 weeks after the first session of tattoo removal. This can determine how the patient has responded, as well as the amount of fading that has occurred.