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Tattoo Removal Duration: All You Need To Know

Updated: Feb 17, 2019

Tattoo removals are a process through which a tattoo is broken down into extremely tiny pieces, after which it gets completely removed from the skin. The process is one who can take multiple different sessions, depending on the kind of tattoo and the various other parameters that go into it.


Even though a tattoo is considered to be somewhat of a permanent marking on the body, not everyone who gets a tattoo wants it to last forever. It isn’t uncommon for people to want to remove their tattoos for a variety of reasons, which is why it is important to understand the process that goes into tattoo removal.


Tattoo removals are by no means a quick process. A tattoo can take from one week to six or seven weeks to be able to be entirely removed. This, of course, depends on a variety of factors and varies from person to person. Make sure your Ann Arbor Laser Tattoo Removal Specialist answers all your questions, including how long the process would approximately take, but this too differs from person to person.


The process which is used to remove the tattoo is rather simple. It involves a laser of varying frequencies that is pointed towards the tattoo. This laser needs to be changed up depending on the color of the tattoo, and the density of the ink on the skin.


To this effect, the first factor that determines the time it takes to remove a tattoo is depended on the color. When a laser is pointed towards a tattoo, the ink absorbs the light that it is exposed to. This causes the ink to break down and get absorbed into the skin. Black is by far one of the easiest colors to remove, since it directly absorbs the light, and almost instantly breaks down to be absorbed by the body. The darker the color, the easier it is for the laser to work on it, which means it will take less time for the tattoo to be removed. Lighter colors, on the other hand, don’t absorb the light, thereby making it a lot harder for the tattoo to be removed. White is one of the hardest colors to work with. The reasons are because white almost entirely repels any light and heat that comes in contact with it. What this means is that the laser will not be as effective in removing this as compared to any other color. Sometimes, white ink can take around two to three months to be able to remove properly, and even then, there might still be some of the residual tattoo left on the skin.


The second factor that contributes to the time that it takes to remove a tattoo from the skin completely is the shading or density of ink. Sometimes, to make a tattoo look nice, tattoo artists tend to make some areas appear to have more ink, white some less, even though they might both be of the same color. Parts of a tattoo that has a higher density of ink take longer to break down, while parts which have a less density of ink naturally are easier and quicker to remove.



The third factor that plays a role in how long your tattoo will take to be removed is your immune system. A tattoo is only broken down by a laser so that the body can easily absorb it. However, different people’s bodies have different rates at which they absorb the ink, which depends on their immune system and how strong it is. This factor becomes apparent after one or two sessions, which helps you determine how long your body takes to this process.

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