How Long Does it Take To Remove an Unwanted Tattoo?

How Long Does Laser Tattoo Removal Take?

A tattoo can be a great way to symbolize a person or moment in your life that you’re hoping to remember forever. However, if you find yourself months or years later doing everything you can to cover up your unwanted ink, it’s time to have it removed.

Having a tattoo removed with PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal is faster and more affordable than you may think.

About PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal

PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal works by emitting pulses that hit ink particles with great pressure, causing the ink to shatter into smaller particles. Those particles are then broken down and absorbed naturally by your body. PicoSure is the world’s first and only picosecond aesthetic laser cleared by the FDA to help you achieve visibly clearer, ink-free skin.

If you have tried laser tattoo removal in the past and have not seen ideal results, we urge you to try again with the PicoSure. This advanced laser can often remove ink colors and types previously thought impossible to treat, with fewer overall treatment sessions.*

The Average Treatment Session Takes Only 10-20 Minutes

The PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal process is incredibly quick. The average session takes only about 10 to 20 minutes. The exact amount of time you can expect for a session to take depends on several factors, including size, color, and your unwanted ink location.


The larger the size of the unwanted tattoo, the longer it will take to remove it. Larger areas of ink can take 20 to 30 minutes per treatment session.


The color of the ink used in your tattoo is a factor to consider when estimating treatment length. The most common ink colors used in tattoos are black and grey. These are also the easiest to remove, followed by dark blues and greens. Red, white, and other bright pigments are generally the most challenging to remove and may require longer sessions.


Tattoo removal with PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal can be done on any part of the body. Sensitive areas, such as the hands, feet, and neck, will require a unique approach to minimize any potential discomfort.

How Many Sessions You’ll Need Will Vary

Just as with the length of a single session, the number of sessions you will need to remove a tattoo will depend on several factors. On average, most people see an improvement of at least 80% in 4 to 7 treatment sessions spaced roughly 6 weeks apart. The absorption process typically takes between 4 to 8 weeks, so tattoo removal cannot be completed in a single session. Not allowing for the skin to heal correctly between sessions can result in scarring. While sessions themselves are relatively short, multiple sessions over several months will be necessary to remove ink from your skin thoroughly.

If you’re seeking laser tattoo removal to lighten an area of ink so that a new one can cover it, only 1 to 2 sessions will likely be needed.

Removal Pain Compares To Getting a Tattoo

The discomfort experienced from laser tattoo removal is often compared to the pain from initially getting the tattoo. While the sensations may be similar, having a tattoo removed is performed in much shorter treatment sessions than the many hours it can take to complete an inking session.

A numbing agent can be used to help offset any discomfort you may experience during a session. After each treatment, your skin may feel dry or appear red for a short amount of time. Unlike some other tattoo removal methods, PicoSure Laser does not leave behind any scarring when performed correctly.

Permanently Remove Your Unwanted Ink

PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal is the safest way to remove unwanted ink. PicoSure is significantly faster than nanosecond lasers and can effectively remove challenging to remove colors of ink, including greens and blues. In most cases, an unwanted tattoo can be entirely removed or faded to the point where you are the only person who can find a trace of it.

Don’t settle for covering up an undesirable tattoo. With PicoSure laser technology, it’s never been easier to erase unwanted ink, and the treatment only takes minutes out of your day, not hours. If you’re looking for the best PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal provider in the Hinsdale area, contact Laser Aesthetic Center today.

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