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Each person and every tattoo is unique. Multiple laser treatment are usually required to remove a tattoo with an average of 5-10 treatments are often needed. The number of sessions needed to remove a tattoo depends on many individual factors such as:
- Skin type: Skin types on the lower end of the Fitzpatrick scale typically have a greater success rate with tattoo removal.
- The depth of ink – Professional tattoos are deeper in the skin than amateur tattoos and will therefore require more laser treatments for removal.
- Type of ink – Inks used for tattoos are not regulated so there are many inks affecting the skin in different ways. Typically, amateur ink will respond at a faster rate than professional ink.
- Color of ink – Certain colors are easier to remove than others. Black, red, dark orange and dark blue tattoos usually respond relatively quickly to laser treatments. Green, purple, brown, light orange and light blue may require more visits.
- Density of ink – The darker outlines of a tattoo take more sessions to remove while the shaded portion of a tattoo is easily removed. The more ink used per square inch in a tattoo the more sessions required for removal.
- Age of tattoo – Older tattoos can be removed with fewer treatments than newer tattoos. This does not mean there will necessarily be different levels of success between new and older tattoos, simply the newer the tattoo the more likely more treatments may be necessary for removal.