Getting a tattoo can mean something to you personally, such as a quote from a favorite book or verse, or it can mean nothing at all! All reasons for getting a tattoo are valid, but life changes, and so do people.

As months or years go by, you may find that the tattoo no longer holds the meaning that it did when you got it, which is completely normal.

In this article, we’ll discuss the basics of tattoo removal, and how different skin tones and ink colors can affect the removal of your unwanted tattoo.

Tattoo removal basics:

When you seriously start considering removing one or all of your tattoos, you might have questions. This is normal, and educating yourself is the first part of the process. Here are some of our frequently asked questions:

1. Does it hurt?

Laser tattoo removal is not the frightening, painful, and expensive procedure that it was thought to be years ago. It is uncomfortable but no more uncomfortable than the sensation of a rubber band snapping on the skin.

2. How many laser tattoo removal treatments are needed? Is it costly?

It depends on the size and color of the tattoo in question. A large, professionally done tattoo can take upwards of 10 sessions that span over the course of several months. It usually takes between 6 to 8 weeks between sessions to allow for fading to occur.

It’s important to schedule a consultation as soon as possible to determine a quote and to give you a timeframe of how long your tattoo removal will take.

3. Can I remove a tattoo without laser treatment?

Unfortunately, while there are many tattoo creams and rubs on the market today, these are mostly ineffective and can be misleading to consumers. Laser treatment is the most effective tattoo removal method.

The different factors involved in successful tattoo removal:

Not all tattoos are created equal, and everyone is different. Here are some common factors that impact how successful your removal may be:

  • Skin tone: Those with darker complexions may take longer to see results, as hyperpigmentation can occur from lasering.
  • Age of the tattoo: the older the tattoo, the more it is absorbed into the skin.
  • Size/location: If the tattoo is on a fleshy area of the body (legs, neck, or stomach) with high blood and lymph node count, this will make removal easier.
  • Smoking: If you’re a smoker, this can reduce the efficacy of tattoo removal by 70 percent! If you have a tattoo you’re eager to remove, this is another excellent reason to quit.

Which lasers work best with certain skin types?

Darker skin absorbs less light and is prone to hyperpigmentation. This means that the removal process can take longer for these individuals, as the laser will be less effective during each treatment.

The best laser for dark skin tones is the Q-switched Nd:YAG option. Be sure to consult with us before your appointment to determine the best treatment course for your skin.

Did you know that different colors are easier to remove?

 It might seem like a small thing, but ink color is hugely important in tattoo removal. Bright colors like purple and blue absorb light differently than do colors like black or red. The most effective laser at removing these colors operates at a 694 nm wavelength, which only operates at a speed of 1Hz.

When you compare this to lasers that can operate at a higher wavelength with speeds up to 10 Hz when removing black ink or red ink, the removal process in this case would take much longer!

Schedule your consultation with Bare Tattoo & Hair Removal today!

We know that having an unwanted tattoo is stressful. Laser tattoo removal can be confusing and frightening, especially if you’re unsure of how it works.

Skip the ‘tattoo removal treatment near me’ Google search, Bare has you covered.

Bare Tattoo’s team of certified laser technicians based out of Munster, Indiana will make sure that you’re always 100% comfortable with the laser tattoo removal process.

Call us at (219) 237-0044 or fill out our convenient contact form today!