person with faded tattoo on shoulderLaser tattoo removal has become the most popular means for tattoo removal. Whether it’s because you regret that tattoo you got on spring break when you were 18 or because you want a certain job, laser tattoo removal is the best method to help. Here are some things you should know that can affect the number of sessions and success for fading your tattoos.

What Factors Effect the Tattoo Removal Process?

 Every tattoo is different, and so is every tattoo removal. While there is no sure answer to how many sessions it will take to completely rid yourself of that unwanted tattoo, there are a few factors that can affect the progress of your laser tattoo removal:

Immune System

Your immune system plays a big role in the tattoo removal process. Because your body breaks down the ink particles after they are treated by laser, The rate at which the ink is broken down depends on each person’s unique immune system. Factors such as working out, drinking water and metabolism may play a role in how your tattoo breaks down. Ensure you stay hydrated in order to move the particles through your system.


Areas like the upper and lower back, neck, or face that have larger blood and lymph node counts typically respond to treatment quicker. Tattoos on the legs, feet, or hands are typically more resistant to treatment and take more sessions to get rid of completely.


Often, if you go to a reputable tattoo artist, they make sure your skin doesn’t scar when you’re getting tattooed. But, when individuals get tattoos at home or from less experienced individuals, it can lead to increased scarring. When the area of a tattoo is scarred, it can be tougher to remove the ink because it sits deeper underneath the skin.


The age of the tattoo is also a big factor to consider. When a tattoo is older, the ink will be less vibrant than that of a newer tattoo meaning there is less saturated color to eliminate, making the process faster.


In general, black ink is less difficult for lasers to remove. Surprisingly, colors like blue, green, white, yellow, orange, and red, even if they are faded, are more challenging.  Professional experience; along with utilizing the best technology, will ensure the best results on these difficult colors.


When choosing a facility for tattoo removal, be sure to inquire about the type of laser used. Certain lasers lack the power, speed, and versatility to effectively and safely break down ink particles. At EradiTatt we use the PiQo4 laser tattoo removal system, which features multiple wavelengths to target different colors.

Since every tattoo is different, there is no 100% definitive answer on how many sessions your unwanted tattoo will take to be removed. We recommend setting up a free consultation to help guide you on your journey, and more effectively gauge the number of treatments you need!

If you have unwanted ink, contact EradiTatt today for a free consultation!