12 Surprising Facts About Laser Tattoo Removal

12 surprising facts about tattoo removal

According to a Pew Research Study, one in three people 18 to 25 have a tattoo. It’s almost become a rite of passage. Young woman comes of age, gets micro tattoo (or whatever is trendy on her 18th birthday), and in five years, the novelty has all but worn off. She begins to rethink her ink.

That’s the problem with making a lifelong decision at a moment in time.  Our tastes change as we see and experience more. Our values and belief systems evolve as we face adversity. We learn who we are, and who we want to be over the course of many, many years. So how can we predict today how we’ll feel in a year, or in five years? How about ten? The future is unpredictable, and how it shapes us even more so.

This "Where The Wild Things" tattoo, featuring artwork inspired by Maurice Sendak is super cool, but will it stand the test of time?

This “Where The Wild Things” tattoo, featuring artwork inspired by Maurice Sendak is super cool, but will it stand the test of time?

That’s why it’s no surprise that studies have found at least 17% of people with tattoos experience some measure of what’s commonly referred to as “tattoo regret.”  There’s no shortage of celebrities who regret their ink to prove it.

If you keep up with Perez Hilton, TMZ or follow your favorite stars on Instagram, you’re likely to hear about actors, models and public figures not just getting tattoos, but also having them removed. Khloe Kardashian, Heidi Klum, Angelina Jolie…the list goes on. But tattoo removal isn’t just for the jet set. It’s becoming popular among middle-class, professional people who realize they made a mistake and would like to rectify it.

Medusa Tattoo

This Medusa tattoo is a great candidate for removal given the dark ink and shading on light skin

For those considering tattoo removal, here are some interesting facts we’ve compiled to help inform the public on the process and what to expect.


12 Surprising Facts About Tattoo Removal

1. The size of a tattoo has nothing to do with how long it will take to remove.

2. Most tattoos take between 7 and 12 treatments to completely remove. This varies depending on the colors, density of ink and location on the body.

Complete tattoo removal after 10 treatments

Complete tattoo removal after 10 treatments

3. Laser treatments need to be spaced at least 6 to 8 weeks apart. Contrary to popular belief, treating more often will not speed up the tattoo removal process.

4. There is no downside to waiting longer (even months or years) between treatments. because your body will continue to fade the tattoo on its own.

tattoo removal at dr. tattoff5. Black and red ink are the easiest colors to remove.

6. The stronger your circulation, the more quickly your tattoo will fade.

7. The greater the contrast between the color of ink in your tattoo and your skin tone, the better your chances are for successful removal.

8. Quitting smoking can speed up the tattoo removal process.


9. Laser tattoo removal treatments can be painful but they are over very quickly. Most tattoos take less than 20 seconds to treat! Afterwards, the area may feel similar to that of a sunburn.

10. The location of your tattoo affects how long it will take to remove. The closer a tattoo is to your heart, the faster it will disappear.

11. Older tattoos can usually be removed more quickly than new tattoos.

12. Your body does most of the work in removing your tattoo. The laser is just a catalyst.