Laser tattoo removal can take many, many months especially if you have a very large tattoo. If you think that an area no larger than a man’s palm should be lasered at one session (with some exceptions) and that sessions need to be kept a minimum of 6 weeks apart you can see how quickly the time builds up.
I’m often asked why the above is the case and there are many reasons. Firstly, you will find that most people’s skin needs 6 weeks to recover, even if it looks healed. Secondly, your immune system is doing the work…you don’t want to overload it with too much ink but also, as the ink continues to fade away over the 6 weeks and beyond, all you would do is pay for more sessions with no quicker result. I had a client this week who had lasering done 6 years ago (elsewhere) and he said his tattoo has continued to fade over those 6 years to the point that I only knew it was there because he showed me the faint outline left. It’s also very important to bear in mind if you want a cover-up tattoo. You need to give your skin a break and time to recover before re-inking. Standard advice is 12 weeks or so between the last laser session and your new tattoo; however, I’d strongly recommend leaving it much longer and would definitely let the tattooist check your skin’s condition before they commence. This is especially true and relevant if the tattoo that has been removed/faded was in itself fairly new ink. If you rush the process your new tattoo may not ‘take’ particularly well. I have a small patch myself in my sleeve which was lasered and then inked over with an 8 month gap in between and the area definitely looks different to the rest of my sleeve. However, it is true that most people get cover-ups with no problems whatsoever …… my tattoo was new ink which is probably why it reacted differently.
Doing this properly takes time. You don’t want to spend a lot of money on lasering and tattooing only to be disappointed with the end result.