How Long Will It Take To Remove My Tattoo?

Man getting tattoo at Star Wars ConventionPeople are accustomed to instant gratification and when it comes to tattoo removal, the desire is the same. As quickly as they got their tattoo, they expect it can be removed, but that’s just not possible. The safest and most effective method for getting rid of an unwanted tattoo is via laser tattoo removal, a process that takes anywhere from a handful of months to a couple of years. Every tattoo is different; even the same tattoo on another person is likely to require a different treatment plan.

How long it takes to remove your tattoo depends on a number of factors including ink colors, location of the tattoo, age of the tattoo, depth of ink, type of ink used, skin texture and skin tone. Here are some examples of tattoos that have taken varying amounts of time to remove. There are best case and worse case scenarios for each factor. Tattoos with factors that match all best case scenarios take the least time to remove, and can be gone in as little as five or six months. Because tattoo removal is such a nuanced process, the smallest variance can make a tattoo more or less challenging to remove. That’s why meeting with a nurse is a first critical step in determining how long it will take to remove your tattoo.

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Here are some examples of Dr. Tattoff patient tattoos and the time it took to remove them. You’ll notice that they might look similar in nature, but their treatment times were dissimilar.

As you peruse these tattoo removal before and after photos, keep in mind that treatments are usually spaced 6 to 8 weeks apart, so a tattoo that requires 7 treatments, like the ankle one below, might take less than a year to remove. And a tattoo that requires 10 treatments, like the wrist one below, could take 15 months. These particular tattoo locations, the wrist and the ankle, are areas with less circulation. Had these tattoos been located on the chest, where circulation tends to be better, they probably would have been removed even more quickly.

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Tattoo Removal after 10 treatments