How long does a treatment take?

Not to be confused with how long it takes to completely remove a tattoo, this is about how long the actual treatment session is. How long will you be under the laser for? And that can be over in as little as 30 seconds.


seconds or less


minutes or more

The long and the short of it

The whole process of removing a tattoo can take a long time, we say generally over a year. That’s because your body is doing the heavy lifting removing the smaller particles of ink in between treatment sessions. On average 4 to 6 weeks between sessions. 10 to 12 sessions and life getting in the way can push it over the 12 months mark.

But the actual time you have to be under the laser is dramatically shorter.

Size matters

Ultimately, the thing that it depends on is the size of the tattoo. If you have a very small tattoo, say that it’s the size of a pinky nail or maybe the size of a quarter. That treatment is going to take seconds, probably less than a minute.

However, if you have a full sleeve, a chest piece, a much larger tattoo with a bigger surface area, it’s going to take minutes so potentially 15 or even 30.

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Does it hurt?

It’s no day at the spa but it is generally over before you know it’s begun. And here at Removery we’re constantly trying to find new ways to distract the mind so that it’s as comfortable as it can possibly be.

We use different techniques, including a zimmer cold air vibration, that brings a level of anesthesia to your skin for the most comfortable experience possible.
Every Removery studio has a zimmer cooling system for mild anesthesia.

All your questions answered

You want answers? Here are more questions answered by our clinical team about tattoo removal.

Joshua Weitz, MD turns to the white board to help him explain it in detail. It’s laser science so it’s pretty complicated but we’ll do our best to explain it as simply as we can.

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The truth is we can’t give you a definitive answer. It varies client to client due to lots of factors including the age of the tattoo and the type of ink used. But typically we say between 8 to 12 sessions.

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Short answer, it is all we do. Our laser specialists are the only ones in the industry that go through intensive training and the results of our clients show that training matters.

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