How Many Sessions Will It Take to Remove My Tattoo?
This is one of the most common questions we get. It is difficult to predict how many treatments it will require to remove your tattoo. Nobody can say for certain exactly how many sessions it will take to remove a tattoo. Because everyone’s immune system is different and everyone’s skin is different, all we can do is give an educated estimation. Anyone who tells you the exact number of treatments is trying to sell you something based on false promises.
The average number of treatment to remove a tattoo is roughly 8. Amateur or home done tattoos are easier to remove and take fewer treatments. Professionally done tattoos and tattoos that have been redone or covered up, have more ink and require more treatments. Factors that determine how many treatments it will take include:
1) Density of ink is the #1 factor – The more dense the ink, the more layers of ink are in the tattoo and the longer it will take to remove the tattoo. The more layers, the more treatments. This does not always correlate directly to darkness. Just because a color is darker, it doesn’t mean the density is significantly greater. What matters is how much ink is in the skin. Cover-up tattoos have multiple layers of ink and will take more time to remove. Amateur tattoos will almost always come out faster than professional tattoos as the density of ink is usually much less. Sometimes, these can be removed in 1-2 treatments.
2) Location on the body – hands and feet can require more treatments but not always
3) Skin tone – removing tattoos from darker skin may require more treatments.
4) Smoking ties up your immune system and slows down the process.
As everyone is different and every tattoo is different, the only way for us to give you a good estimation of your removal is to come in for a free consultation. You can give us a call at 409-554-2092