Factors that Influence Success
If you’re thinking of removing your tattoo with laser treatments, you may find yourself with more questions than you have answers. The first thing many patients want to know is how many treatments it will take to fully remove their tattoo and how much it will cost.

The answer to these questions is affected by numerous factors. Only a consultation with an experienced professional can provide you with an accurate answer. Age and location of the tattoo, colors, density of ink, the type of ink used on the tattoo, as well as the skin tone and sensitivity of the client all factor into the art and science of tattoo removal.

Color of the Tattoo

Did you know that the color of your tattoo plays a large role in how easy it is to remove? Different laser wavelengths of light are needed to remove different colors of ink. The relationship between wavelengths and targeting specific colors is essential for proper tattoo removal. Wavelengths are the key to safely and effectively removing unwanted ink. Your laser specialist will need multiple laser wavelengths to achieve complete clearance of your tattoo.

In the past, certain blues and greens of tattoos were not easy to remove. This is now only an issue for outdated technology. In general, black, brown and dark blue inks are easier to remove. Red, orange, yellow, and greens — and the increasingly popular white inks — are some of the hardest to remove completely. In fact, a few years ago it would have been impossible to remove some tattoos made up of these colors. Now, with the state of the art PicoSure® laser, these stubborn inks can often be removed without a problem. The PicoSure® laser treats at three different wavelengths: 532nm, 755nm, and 1064 nm, making it ideal for removal of the full spectrum of tattoo ink colors.

Age of the Tattoo

The age of the tattoo can make a big difference in the removal process. As a general rule, the newer your tattoo, the longer it will take to fully remove. Your body treats tattoo ink as a foreign substance, and over time your cells send agents to slowly eat at this invader. This is why older tattoos look faded at the edges, and can appear blurry as they age. With older ink, the body has already done some of the tattoo removal work in its own natural way, leaving less work for the lasers. Fresh tattoos will need more treatments to fully dissolve. Previously treated tattoos will also require special attention from our Laser Specialist because of the skin damage and scaring caused by over-treating with ineffective lasers in an attempt to remove unwanted ink. When treating with PicoSure®, scars noticed as the ink is removed are often a result of the original tattoo application.

Everyone is Different

Your success with laser treatments will differ, depending on factors related to your health, your skin, and the tattoo itself. Technological developments like PicoSure® technology make it easier to provide treatments in the face of potential complications. As tattoo culture continues to expand around the world, the tattoo removal industry is constantly evolving to find new and better ways to treat different skin types and ink types. The only way you will know exactly how many treatments you will need for the complete removal of your ink is to make an appointment with one of our trained specialists.

Number of Treatments

The size, color, and location of the tattoo are all important factors in determining how many treatments you will need. Older lasers often require ten to fifteen treatments spread out over eighteen to twenty-four months. With the advanced technology of the PicoSure® laser, fewer treatments are required. Some patients respond in as few as six treatments, each four weeks apart. Persons with darker skin types may require more treatments because, to reduce the risk of scar, therapy is spread out over a few more treatments.
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