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How Long Does Tattoo Removal Take?
- Jun 19, 2018 -

Beijing sanhe beauty 5 main factors determining how long laser tattoo removal takes:

1. Skin Type


Does skin tone affect how long tattoo removal takes? The short answer is yes. The lighter your skin is, the easier it is for the laser light to penetrate deeper into the dermis, allowing for it to shatter ink particles.


Now, this doesn’t mean that darker-skinned individuals can’t be treated. It is actually noted that the Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser is the best for treating darker skin tones. This is due to the Nd:YAG being able to selectively target pigment in the dermis without damaging other heavily pigmented cells in the epidermis, a process called photothermolysis. This allows this laser to reduce how long tattoo removal takes.


2. Location


When the laser targets the tattoo pigment, it shatters it. Your immune system then carries the shattered ink particles out of your body. That being said, tattoo removal has a lot to do with your body’s ability to heal. The proximity of the tattoo to your main blood supply (the heart and major blood vessels) matters. The closer it is, the less time tattoo removal takes.


3. Colours


It is almost impossible to know what compounds the tattooist used in your tattoo. As a result, colours play such a major factor in how long tattoo removal takes.


Every colour used in a tattoo requires a different wavelength of laser light for removal. So, the number of colours used in your tattoo determines how long tattoo removal takes.


4. Ink Density


Why is this a factor you ask? Because the deeper and darker the tattoo, the more ink was involved when you initially go your tattoo. This greatly affects how long tattoo removal takes.


5. Scars & Layering


The process of tattoo removal involves taking layers off one by one. If you scarred when you got the tattoo, there is a thicker layer of skin over it. This makes it harder for the laser to penetrate. Penetration is a big determinant for how long your tattoo removal will take. Layered tattoos, where a “tattoo cover-ups” was performed decreases penetration. The amount of layers and the number of colours present is greatly increased, affecting how long your tattoo removal will take.


The Kirby-Desai Scale is a point system chart that considers all these factors. Established by a group of dermatologists specifically for laser tattoo removal, it helps give an estimate of how many sessions you will need for laser tattoo removal.


Try it out! However, keep in mind that there are a number of factors dictating how long your tattoo removal will take. So this scale only provides an estimate.