A tattoo is not something you can take lightly. Once etched on your skin, it stays with you. Are you one of those people who now regret their decision to get a tattoo or even need to get rid of a tattoo for medical reasons? Fortunately, there’s a way to get it done with laser tattoo removal. Nouveau MedSpa and Salon in Chubbuck, ID, is a great place to get laser treatment that’s safe, fast, and effective.
How Long Does Tattoo Removal Take?
One of the frequently-asked questions from people looking for tattoo removal is how long it will take, and the answer depends on the person. While the laser treatment itself might take not more than half an hour per session, you have to understand it’s not a process that can show results in a single sitting. It’s a gradual process that takes time. After every session, the body needs time to get used to the treatment.
There are many factors that determine how many sessions it will take to get rid of a tattoo. Some of the important ones to keep in mind are:
- Skin tone
- Tattoo size
- Ink colors
- Immune system function
- Tattoo location
- Laser type
Skin tones play a crucial role when it comes to tattoo removal. The duration of treatment can vary depending on whether the person has a lighter skin tone or a darker one because skin tone can affect the time it takes the laser to reach the dermis, which is the skin layer where the tattoo ink is stored. On average, people with lighter skin tones will undergo fewer sessions as compared to ones with darker skin tones.
A small butterfly tattoo on the wrist will take less time to remove than a large skull-and-bones tattoo on the chest. The larger the tattoo area, the more treatment sessions will be needed. Half and full sleeve tattoos can take up to a year to completely fade away from the skin. On the other hand, smaller tattoos can be removed in as few as three sessions.
Contrary to popular belief, darker tattoo inks such as black are easier to remove than their lighter counterparts. Most traditional tattoo removal devices like Q-switched Nd: YAG lasers have a difficult time breaking down tattoo pigments like green or yellow. At Nouveau MedSpa and Salon, we use the state-of-the-art PicoSure laser that works great on both dark and light tattoo pigments.
The laser treatment is just half the battle. It’s your body’s response to treatment that decides how long it will take to erase the ink from your skin. That’s why we keep sessions four to six weeks apart so the body can remove laser-treated ink pigments naturally. A healthy immune system will be capable of eliminating the ink more quickly.
Another major factor in tattoo removal is the location of the tattoo itself. It’s easier to remove a tattoo from face and neck areas than from the lower part of the body. Arms and legs respond well to the treatment, too. As a general rule, the closer a tattoo is to the heart, the faster it will be removed.
Different types of laser devices are used for erasing tattoos from the skin. Traditional Q-switched lasers have been in use for decades, and these can still be effective on dark colors in some cases. But for the most part, these have since been replaced with new and advanced PicoSure lasers. These new lasers provide a complete tattoo removal experience and need fewer sessions than traditional lasers to get the job done.
How Do Tattoo Lasers work?
Tattoo ink is stored in the second layer of skin underneath the epidermis. This makes removing large tattoos a long and enduring process. What the tattoo lasers do is break down the tattoo ink into smaller particles. These tiny ink particles are then eliminated by the body’s immune system naturally, which takes time. That’s why it’s necessary to have a sufficient amount of time between sessions so that the body can heal itself.
The number of sessions will vary from person to person, depending on the factors discussed earlier. Never attempt to remove a tattoo yourself. DIY tattoo removal kits or any other home treatment will do more harm than good. Get in touch with a dermatologist if you are interested in having an unwanted tattoo removed for good. They are the experts in these kinds of issues and will suggest a suitable treatment as per your skin condition.
What Sets Nouveau Apart from the Rest?
We use advanced laser technology to remove unwanted and stubborn tattoos. PicoSure laser technology is high-quality, state-of-the-art, and a step up from the Q-switched lasers. Unlike Q-switched lasers, PicoSure laser treatment doesn’t involve heating the tattoo area and is safe for all types of skin tones. It uses picosecond lasers to break down ink particles and also works well on tattoos that have previously undergone unsuccessful laser treatment.
If you are unhappy with your tattoo and want a permanent solution, we are always here for you. Get in touch with Nouveau MedSpa and Salon in Chubbuck, ID today to schedule a consultation. Our experts and staff would be glad to welcome you to our spa!