Most adults who have tattoos regret getting one with time. While tattoos are considered permanent, there have always been ways to remove one. These included dermabrasion, using of acids, cryosurgery, and excision. Today there is an easier and safer way to remove tattoos with a laser machine. The laser burns the pigments of the tattoo, and covers the tattoo up or removes it completely from the skin.
Factors for Length of Tattoo Removal Session
The time it takes to remove a tattoo depends greatly on the size of the tattoo and a couple of other factors. A single treatment can last anywhere from one minute to an hour. Depending on the tattoo, more sessions might be required to completely remove it.
The size of the tattoo is the most important determinant of how long the session will last. There are tattoos of different sizes and larger tattoos require more time to clean, cool, and apply dressing to after the treatment. Extra small tattoos of up to 2.5 cm sq require only one to two minutes. Tattoos up to 5 cm sq take 2-5 minutes. Tattoos up to 10 cm sq take up 10-15 minutes. A large tattoo up to 15 cm sq requires around 20-40 minutes, and a very large tattoo over 15 cm sq requires 40-60 minutes. For large tattoos, the sessions are usually split up into different days with smaller patches done in a single session. This is done so the natural swelling of the skin is reduced after treatment, and the pain is manageable for the patient after treatment.
The type of tattoo also determines the length of the session. A dark tattoo will be faster to remove because it will absorb more heat than lighter tattoos. This, however, will increase blistering, so the tattoo might require more sessions to cover the whole area. Lighter tattoos are easier to be taken up in a single session.
The location of the tattoo also matters for determining the time of removal. The more painful the area where the tattoo is located the longer it will take to remove it. This is for the convenience of the patients as some areas like the elbows, underarms, breasts, and pubic area are especially sensitive to the procedure.
The color of the tattoo will also be a determinant of the length of the session. Different colors require different amounts of time to be removed. Various colors require different wavelengths of the light beam to be dissolved. Having more colors on the tattoo will require more time than single-colored tattoos. Black, brown, dark blue, and green are colors that tend to come out easier. Red, yellow, orange, and light blue take more time to be removed.
Depending on how deep the ink has subsided into the skin will determine how easy it will come out. Tattoos that are more superficial are easier to be treated, take up a shorter amount of time, and do not cause as much blistering and swelling of the skin.
Older tattoos are removed faster as the ink in them has already lost some pigmentation over time. New tattoos take longer to be removed.
At Rochester Tattoo Removal Clinic we offer free consultations and will be glad to attend to all your inquiries regarding the laser tattoo removal. Contact us today to find out we can help you.