Sometimes tattoos commemorate a place or a person, and sometimes they are designs chosen purely for aesthetic purposes. While you hope that you love your body art forever, what if you don’t? At Bella Tu Medspa in Nyack and Goshen, NY, we offer tattoo removal services to help turn your unwanted ink into a mere memory.
How Many Weeks Does Tattoo Removal Take?
For most of our clients, once they’ve decided to part ways with their tattoo, the final result cannot arrive quickly enough. While we wish we had a blanket answer that was short and sweet, the length of the removal process varies from one individual to the next. Removing a tattoo is a gradual process that is impacted by numerous factors.
We will break these down further momentarily, but some of the factors that can change the length of time it takes are tattoo size and location. The patients’ skin tone and the shades of ink used in the tattoo will directly impact the rate at which it fades as well. We also pay attention to the patient’s immune system, as it will determine how close together we will be able to space sessions.
One variable when it comes to the time it will take to remove a tattoo is the patient’s skin tone. The time removal takes can vary significantly depending on if the patient has lighter skin or darker skin. The pigment of skin impacts how long it takes the laser to reach the dermis, which is the layer of skin where the ink is located.
Patients who have lighter-toned skin will typically need fewer sessions than patients who have darker skin. If you schedule a consultation, one of our medical professionals can roughly estimate the length of time it would likely take for you to achieve your desired results.
This one may seem to go without saying, but the tattoo’s size needs to be considered when estimating how long the removal process will take. Tattoos covering a large portion of skin will require more treatments than smaller, more delicate tattoos.
Full and half sleeve tattoos can often take up to a year to fade from your skin entirely. However, patients having smaller tattoos removed are often delighted to find out they can be removed in just three or four sessions.
Most patients are stunned to learn that darker tattoo inks such as black fade more quickly than lighter ink colors. The reason for this unexpected occurrence is that many lasers have a more difficult time breaking down tattoo pigments such as yellow or green. These colors can still be removed, of course, just not as easy as black ink.
We’ve covered the factors we can gauge from your consultation. However, they are only part of the tattoo removal equation. The way your body responds to treatments will ultimately control the rate at which your tattoos fade.
We will schedule your sessions anywhere from six to eight weeks apart. This spacing gives your body time to flush the removed ink from your body. The healthier your immune system, the faster your body will be able to cleanse the ink, and the closer together we can schedule your sessions.
It is important not to underestimate the role that the tattoo’s location plays in the removal process. Tattoos are removed from the neck and facial skin more easily than from the lower portion of your body. Arms also typically respond well to treatment. Since your circulatory system plays a significant role in excreting the ink from your body, the closer a tattoo is to your heart, the faster it will fade.
How Do Lasers Work?
Tattoo ink is not stored in the top layer of the skin. If it were, tattoos would disappear from exfoliating and through your skin’s natural renewal processes. When you get a tattoo, the ink is injected into the second layer of skin underneath the epidermis. The location of the ink helps keep the tattoo from fading, which is excellent if you enjoy your artwork but makes it difficult to remove if you regret your tattoo.
The process of removing a tattoo with a laser is relatively simple. The laser breaks the tattoo ink down into microscopic particles. Those particles are then slowly flushed out by your body’s immune system. There must be enough time between removal sessions for your body to rid itself of the tattoo ink particles before more are broken down.
Don’t Fall for DIY
Attempting to remove a tattoo at home is a dangerous idea. DIY kits to remove tattoos are ineffective and present a high risk of infection, which could become fatal if severe enough. Even if your tattoo did not become infected, it is unlikely that the removal results would be aesthetically pleasing. Scarring, and in extreme situations, disfigurement can occur with at-home tattoo removal methods.
Tattoo removal in our medical spa under the care of a trained medical professional is an extremely safe and straightforward process. Our medical professionals have the equipment and knowledge to keep you safe and comfortable throughout the process. We also meet strict hygiene standards, which prevent you from being at risk of infection.
Feel Good in Your Skin
You deserve to feel confident and happy in your skin. If you’re tired of one, or more, of your tattoos, give us a call and schedule a consultation to discuss tattoo removal. At Bella Tu Medspa in Nyack and Goshen, NY, we use advanced laser technology to help you remove unwanted tattoos safely and effectively.