Many people have tattoos that they later regret, or which grow to irritate them. Here at our North London clinic, we see tattoos of all different shapes, sizes and colours, with a view to removing them from people who have grown tired of them.

The success of laser tattoo removal treatment largely depends on each individual design and a person’s skin type, so to help you have realistic expectations of the treatment time and methods involved, we’ve put together a list of factors you need to bear in mind:

  1. Big tattoos take longer to remove than small ones. They will require more laser sessions.
  2. Older tattoos will require fewer laser sessions to get rid of them, than fresher tattoos. This is because some of the ink has already been absorbed by the skin and the colours are less bright.
  3. The type of ink used in your tattoo will determine how many sessions you’ll need. Our expert practitioner, here at our north London clinic, will discuss the ink compounds used to create different tattoos and how many sessions yours is likely to take to go.
  4. Where on your body the tattoo is located will influence your treatment. It’s believed that the lower on your body the tattoo is, the longer it will take to remove.
  5. Some colours are harder to remove than others, with yellow and light blue proving harder to shift.
  6. Your skin tone affects the procedure, as does the quality of your skin. If your tattoo was inked directly onto scarred skin, then it will be harder to remove. Also, if your tattooist managed to scar you with the needle, while you were having the tattoo, the tattoo will take longer to disappear.
  7. Your health and genetics are a factor to consider. If your immune system is healthy, your tattoo removal will be faster. Why not boost your immune system for a few weeks before you embark on laser treatment?
  8. You can help increase the success rate of your tattoo removal and make for a quicker, easier process by avoiding smoking, or lying in the sun. Laser tattoo removal does not work well on suntanned skin.
  9. A bright laser light is used to remove the tattoo. The colours in the ink break up and fade. You need to be aware that this doesn’t happen instantly after treatment, but instead takes a few weeks.
  10. Once you’ve had tattoo removal laser treatment, you must be careful not to pick off the scans that form, or expose this area to the sun.


If you’d like to find out how long it will take to remove your tattoo using our cutting edge laser methods, at our north London clinic, please give us a call to book yourself in for a consultation. We will be able to give you more precise details about your treatment, once we’ve seen your tattoo.