How Many Treatments are Needed for Laser Tattoo Removal?
There may be many reasons for laser tattoo removal, but tattoo regret, change of style, and faded ink are among the top reasons. In any case, if you have a tattoo that you’re not happy with, contact board-certified general surgeon and medical director, Dr. Matthew Lynch at Lynch Vein & Aesthetics. Using the industry-leading Alma™ Harmony XL PRO platform, Dr. Lynch designs a personalized laser tattoo removal package to effectively remove your tattoo. To learn how many treatments you may need for laser tattoo removal in Peoria, AZ continue reading below.
How does tattoo removal work?
The revolutionary Harmony XL PRO utilizes 1064 nm Nd:YAG laser energy, which is powerful enough to remove the darkest and brightest of tattoo colors, without damaging your skin. During your laser tattoo removal session, Dr. Lynch moves the handheld laser device over your tattoo. Each burst of laser energy is quickly absorbed by ink particles. The effect of the laser causes ink particles to heat up, which, ultimately, makes them shatter.
Over the following weeks, your lymphatic system flushes away broken-down ink particles. Simultaneously, your skin cells work hard to turn over and regenerate, so they can form new skin tissue to restore your natural, even skin tone.
How long does it take to remove a tattoo?
It takes time and dedication to remove a tattoo in Peoria, AZ. But rest assured, Dr. Lynch can help. In many cases, tattoos are dramatically lighter and less noticeable after about 3 – 4 months with regular treatments. However, you may need a bigger number of laser tattoo removal treatments to effectively get rid of that old tattoo. Because of this, in some cases, it can take up to 10 – 12 months to experience optimal results.
How many sessions to remove a tattoo?
On average, laser tattoo removal packages from Lynch Vein & Aesthetics include a series of 6 – 8 treatments. You may need fewer or additional sessions depending on several factors, including:
Age of your tattoo (older tattoos require more sessions)
Size of your tattoo (larger tattoos may need more treatments)
Colors in your tattoo (bright or fluorescent colors are harder to remove)
How many laser tattoo removal sessions you need also depends on the condition of your skin and how quickly your skin heals. To give your skin ample time to recover between visits, schedule your laser tattoo removal treatments about 4 – 8 weeks apart, or as recommended by Dr. Lynch.
Can you tattoo over a removed tattoo?
Yes, you can tattoo over a removed tattoo. However, you need to give your skin time to completely heal before getting more ink. If replacing your old tattoo with fresh, new ink is your goal, talk with Dr. Lynch. He can let you know what to expect from the laser tattoo removal process and how long you need to wait before you get a new tattoo.
Find out if laser tattoo removal is right for you by booking a consultation with board-certified general surgeon and medical director, Dr. Matthew Lynch at Lynch Vein & Aesthetics. Click here to request a visit through the website or call this Peoria, AZ clinic directly.