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Tattoo removal timeline

So how long does it take?

We get it, it’s like a house guest who’s outstayed their welcome, when you want them gone, gone means right now. But anyone who tells you laser tattoo removal is instant is, like that lingering lodger, stringing you along. Keep reading for the full low down.
The average

3 - 5

treatments to fade a tattoo

8 - 12

treatments for full removal

The truth

What everyone else avoids telling you: It takes time

Ask 99% of the planet if you can remove a tattoo and they’ll tell you you can’t. Not completely.

They’re all wrong.

Tattoo removal used to be a scene in a sci-fi movie. Tattoos were as permanent as Dr.Spock’s spray-on blue sweater. As forever as Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks. As unremovable as the Mandalorian’s mask. But that’s all changed.

Thanks to the amazing science of PicoWay laser technology we can now actually undo a tattoo.

Let’s just stay with that a second. We can now remove the permanent. And we mean remove, gone, like it was never there. No blemishes. No ink. No sign on the skin whatsoever.

It’s truly amazing. Almost magical. But it’s a process and it takes…yes, time.

Why does it take time?

Well it’s part laser and part your body. In each session the laser breaks down the ink into smaller and smaller particles. When they’re small enough your body can flush them away naturally, and when we say flush and naturally, yes we mean in the loo.

So we leave around 4 to 6 weeks between sessions to give the body time to remove as many of these smaller particles of ink as it can. Then we repeat until it’s all gone.

Better lasers, faster results

Our lasers are so accurate that they can target really tiny particles of ink and speed up the removal process. Read more about how good they are here. But it still takes time. How long depends on a number of factors we’ll go into now.

Can I sunbathe?

We recommend staying out of the sun between treatments or at least using really good protection.

Factors that affect tattoo removal

Your lifestyle

It’s a partnership between your body and our laser. Drinking lots of water, avoiding alcohol and staying out of the sun, will help improve your ability to flush out the ink.

Your skin type

The type and amount of melanin, the pigmentation of your skin and whether you tan or burn easily are all really important to the best treatment that suits your skin.

The age

Tattoos fade. A tattoo that is 15+ years old will have fewer pigment partials in it today than when it was brand new. Less pigment means fewer treatments.

The location

Neck, chest, and back tattoos tend to take fewer treatments than tattoos on the ankle or foot. Put simply, the closer to your heart, the better the circulation, the faster it goes.

The color

Black is considered the easiest to remove. Warm and cool colored pigments are not so easy. For this reason, tattoos with a lot of layers of color can take longer to remove too.

Our simple 4 step process

Step 1
Free consultation

In just a few minutes our experts will size your tattoo, discuss desired results, and answer all your questions.

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Step 2
Affordable payment plans

We offer flexible pricing and finance packages so you can spread the cost over time.

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Step 3
Your tattoo removal appointments

Our technicians are trained to make the process as comfortable as possible and most laser sessions last just a few minutes.

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Step 4

We take this to another level as we know how important it is to
getting the best results.

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Is it true that smoking is bad for tattoo removal?

Yes nicotine can narrow the small blood vessels, slowing down the body’s ability to flush out the ink particles.

Are you still with us?

We hope you’re still with us, the main point being that for the safety and care of your skin it takes time. Please, please don’t listen to anyone who tells you otherwise. They are quite simply yanking your chain.


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No matter how many sessions your tattoo needs to be removed, you pay only one low price.

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All your questions answered

We know all of this information can feel quite overwhelming and you’re going to have a lot of questions. That’s why our experts explain it all as simply as possible right here.

How old it is. How big it is. How colorful it is. There are a number of different factors that affect how long it takes to completely remove or fade a tattoo for a cover up. Each tattoo is unique.

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It depends on the size of the tattoo and how many colors it has. A small one the size of a dime might take less than a minute. A larger one with multiple colors may take up to half an hour.

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The settings on the laser are different per skin type. So having extensive experience is essential. Changes to skin pigmentation can happen in the
wrong hands.

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