Most people that have made the decision to remove a tattoo have a lot of questions. One of those questions is how long the procedure will take. If you’ve been wondering the same thing, you’ll be happy to know that it doesn’t take as long as you probably think. While every situation is different because every tattoo is unique in some way, it’s always faster to remove a tattoo than it was getting it.
If you have a large tattoo, there’s a chance that it can be removed in as little as an hour. In fact, if you have a small tattoo, it will only take seconds in most instances. There are many factors that you’ll need to consider that will determine how long the process will take. Below are more details about the necessary considerations.
Where the Tattoo is Located
To some degree, how long it will take to remove your tattoo will depend on where it’s located. The reason why this is a factor is because the amount of pain you’re able to withstand is often linked to the location. Some tattoos were more painful to get because of where they are located. The same applies to removing them.
When you have a small tattoo that’s in a location where pain is more likely, the procedure can be spaced over a longer period of time. However, if you have a large tattoo, there are time constraints, which means you might end up experiencing more pain since the treatment will likely continue without being able to stop and start again as much.
Type of Tattoo You Have
The kind of tattoo that you have will play a significant role in how long the process takes. If you have a tattoo that’s dark in color and has designs that are thick, there’s a good chance that a lot of ink was used. This means it will take a much longer period of time to get through the process because there’s a lot more work involved.
When you have a tattoo that’s not as thick, the removal process won’t take as long. Similarly, the color of the tattoo also matters. If you have a tattoo with many different colors, it can take a much longer time to remove than one that only has black ink. The reason why is because different settings are required based on the ink color.
Overall Size of the Tattoo
As previously mentioned, a large tattoo will take a lot longer to remove than a small tattoo when receiving a laser treatment. If you’re wondering just how much m time it can take based on the size, there’s an answer for that. If you have a tattoo that’s a full sleeve, that would be considered an extra large tattoo and in can require several treatments.
Generally speaking, an extra large tattoo can take up to an hour. If you have a medium to large sized tattoo, it can take between 15 to 40 minutes, considering all of the factors previous mentioned. What’s amazing is that a small tattoo can literally take just a couple of minutes to remove.
When you work with someone on laser tattoo removal, you’ll want to communicate clearly regarding your pain tolerance because that will dictate how the appointment is set up. If you experienced a lot of pain when you were getting the tattoo, that should be communicated. While some people might have a higher pain tolerance and be able to have everything removed in one appointment, that isn’t necessarily the case for everyone, which is perfectly fine.