What to expect

Tattoo Removal Progress: What Results to Expect

You’ve been researching tattoo removal, and you know it will take several sessions to get the fantastic results you imagined. But what does the process look like? How will your old tattoo look and feel after each appointment? And how long will it take until your unwanted tattoo is a thing of the past?  Removery’s state-of-the-art laser tattoo removal process combines incredible results with caring consultants who know that each tattoo and each client are unique. We work one-on-one with you to develop a removal plan that’s right for your tattoo.. Read on to learn more about what you can expect when visiting a Removery studio!


What to Expect: Everyone’s Tattoo Removal Progress is Unique


Good things come to those who wait. While the number of sessions required to remove a tattoo varies based on many factors, most pieces take about 10-12 visits before you see full removal. These treatments must be six to eight weeks apart to give your skin time to heal. 

The good news is that the tattoo removal process is cumulative. Each treatment will leave your tattoo more faded than it was before. 

The science behind laser tattoo removal involves lasers breaking ink down into increasingly smaller particles. Various factors affect the time it takes to break down these particles successfully.

Factors to consider in tattoo removal include: 


  • Size
  • Ink
  • Color
  • Tattoo location
  • The chemical makeup of ink


tattoo removal progress takes time to see results. This before and after shows a tattoo on the left that was successfully removed in the picture on the right.

The above shows successful tattoo removal results by Removery

Want more info about the science behind Removery’s laser tattoo removal process? Learn more about how tattoo removal works here!

Some providers promise quick tattoo removal in as little as one treatment. There are also at-home “tattoo removal kits” that assure you quick results at a cheap price. But if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Effective removal takes time. 

Removery’s tattoo removal specialists believe in being honest with you from the beginning. We’ll let you know during your initial consultation the estimated number of sessions you’ll need to have your tattoo removed. We’ll also discuss your tattoo removal goals. 

For example, if you plan to fade your current piece to cover it up with new artwork, the Removery specialist might suggest fewer sessions. On the other hand, if you’re hoping for complete removal, they might determine that you need many sessions spread out over a few years. 

As you can see by these examples, the time it will take to achieve your tattoo removal goals varies. But all legit tattoo removal processes have one thing in common: you won’t see a miraculously complete removal after one session.

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Laser Tattoo Removal Progress 


The tattoo removal process is cumulative, which means you’ll notice progress after each session. But what does that mean in real terms? Below we explain generally what to expect during the laser tattoo removal process.

Laser Tattoo Removal After 1 Session


Your initial tattoo removal session will most likely consist of reviewing your removal process plan with your Removery specialist. They’ll then detail what you can expect from the experience, including pain and removal tattoo removal aftercare information. Once you feel comfortable and ask any questions you still have, they’ll begin the removal process.

After the first session, most people can expect some significant fading, especially outlines. It’s also important to note that differences in your tattoo will affect how the fading appears. You might see substantial fading in one portion of your tattoo and less in others. This variation is normal. Removery specialists understand tattoo makeup and chemistry to ensure the eventual fading of all kinds of ink.

After this first session, many clients feel a sense of relief, especially if they have a tattoo that brings up difficult memories or traumatic experiences. For others, it’s a sense of excitement. If the tattoo looks this faded after the first removal session, they can only imagine how it will look after completing the entire removal plan.

Laser Tattoo Removal After 2 Sessions


The Removery specialist will begin your second session by discussing how things went after the first — if your aftercare went well if you have any further questions or concerns, and how the initial plan you made together is proceeding. They’ll make sure to check your tattoo to see where it is in the fading process and let you know if you should revise your removal schedule. Then, they’ll get to removing.

Many clients feel less anxious at their second treatment. They know what to expect. They remember that removal is fast. As Removery client and twitch streamer, Qcknd, said, “Tattoo removal happens so fast, it’s like 90 seconds…I get so scared that I build it up, and it ends up not hurting as much.”

Laser Tattoo Removal After 3 Sessions


If you’re looking to simply fade a tattoo to cover it up, congratulations! Your removal journey might be complete after three sessions. If you’re looking for a full removal experience, you are well on your way through the process. After Session 3, you will probably see significant fading on your tattoo. Some elements might be on their way to being “fully” faded.

This appointment will begin like the second. Your specialist will check on your tattoo removal progress and ensure the plan you developed together is working effectively. They’ll answer any questions you have, address your concerns, and proceed with the removal procedure.

Many clients feel more comfortable with the process after this appointment. We arm clients with the knowledge they need to understand the scientific method of their tattoo removal and what they can expect after each session. Clients can feel confident that their tattoo removal journey is on track with this knowledge.

Laser Tattoo Removal, 4 Sessions and Beyond


For some tattoo removal clients, four sessions is all it takes to achieve a wholly faded piece. After a months-long journey, you could see your final results a few weeks after session four.

As we’ve said, the number of removal treatments depends totally on your tattoo and removal goals. You’ll see more progress with each session and get closer to your full removal objectives.

Lower Back Tattoo Before and After


Successful Tattoo Removal Result Before & After Showing the top image with a large tattoo. Then after many tattoo removal sessions and tons of progress, the tattoo is removed in the bottom image.

Achieving successful tattoo removal results is our favorite hobby

Upper Arm Full Color Tattoo Before and After


Before and after tattoo removal progress picture, showing final results for removal. On the left you can see a color upper arm tattoo, on the right the tattoo and color is removed.

Say goodnight to tattoos you don’t want anymore!

Neck Tattoo Before and After

Neck tattoo removal before and after result. Removery specializes in tattoo removal, regardless of where it is located. On the left image, the tattoo is black and has 3 components, on the right image it has been removed.

We customize our treatment plan to get you the best result.

Tattoo Removal Healing


You have an essential role to play in your tattoo removal process. While your Removery specialist does the actual laser removal, it’s up to you to ensure proper aftercare after your sessions. 

Immediately after treatment, the site will be red and swollen. It might feel itchy and a bit painful. The initial, more intense reaction should fade quickly. 

In the week or two after the session, your skin will have some irritation. Redness, swelling, slight blistering, raised areas, and a bit of itching are all common. Occasionally, blisters might occur but are no cause for alarm. 

Even if your skin feels better almost immediately, you need to continue appropriate aftercare.

The aftercare process includes: 


  • Keeping the tattoo removal area clean and dry for three days
  • Use an ointment as recommended by your specialist to help with inflammation and itching
  • Discussing blister care with your Removery specialist, and if blisters develop, ensure you use appropriate care

Learn more about the healing process. 

Ready to Start Your Tattoo Removal Journey? 


The laser tattoo removal process takes time, but the results are remarkable. Removery tattoo removal specialists are on hand to discuss the tattoo removal journey that works for you. Learn more with a free consultation today.

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