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Before & After: Tattoo Removal After 3 Sessions

Every tattoo, person, and laser tattoo removal is different, but we have seen it all in our 15 years of removing tattoos. In this time, we’ve learned a good amount of what to expect and what questions and concerns most people have regarding their removal process. The process is pretty straightforward, but here’s some insight into what tattoo removal after 3 sessions may be like for you.

While results aren’t immediate, laser tattoo removal after three sessions is about the time we begin to see results and can help you better manage your expectations on the rest of the process. If you’re curious what the laser tattoo removal process will be like, how you can maximize your removal, and when you’ll begin to see results, we have some answers.

Will I See Results of Tattoo Removal after 3 Sessions?

Laser tattoo removal is a safe procedure, but it is still very serious and will require patience and proper aftercare. It is extremely rare that a tattoo can be removed in just one sitting. It typically takes a couple of weeks to even see some fading after a laser session. We have come across very high-quality inks that were more difficult to fade, but this is quite rare. In any case, we’ll be able to have a clearer picture after 2-3 treatments.

Several factors influence how long your fading or removal can take, such as:

  • the quality of the ink
  • the age of the tattoo
  • the size and location of your ink
  • your skin type and lifestyle
  • your body’s natural response to the laser tattoo removal

Each of these items will impact how your removal process goes, whether it’s your first or last session. Aftercare for laser tattoo removal after three sessions is just as important as your first and our Certified Licensed Laser Technicians will go over all of these characteristics during your free consultation.

Is it better to wait longer between tattoo removal sessions?

Remember how we mentioned above that patience is essential in this process? Waiting between sessions certainly won’t hurt or negatively impact your removal process. In fact, we recommend waiting for a minimum of 6-8 weeks between treatments so that your skin has adequate time to heal and repair. Plus, this can give us a better look at how your body is responding to the laser. Truthfully, the longer you can give between sessions, the better off you’ll be in the long run.

While your aftercare will remain the same after each session, we do notice that many folks say that the sensation of the laser treatments isn’t as painful or annoying by the third session. This could be for a few reasons, particularly an individual’s own pain tolerance, but also maybe because you’re more familiar with what to expect and because there is much less ink by this round the laser may not feel as intense.

Does laser tattoo removal always work?

Yep, for a majority of people, we see laser tattoo removal is successful. However, there are some instances in which people could not partake in or continue with laser tattoo removal.

Adverse reactions are very rare when proper aftercare is followed. Some of the reactions and conditions that may prevent someone from continuing with their laser tattoo removal treatments include hypopigmentation or extreme blistering.

Additionally, if you are beginning or in the middle of laser removal treatments and become pregnant, we would recommend waiting to resume until after giving birth. Laser tattoo removal may also not be appropriate for those who are prone to scarring or keloids.

How do you maximize a laser tattoo removal session?

Before getting started with laser tattoo removal, we want all clients to understand that this is no quick fix. It will take time, but it will be worth it to do it safely and effectively.

Now with that being said, there are some “pro tips” that can help speed up and improve your outcomes. Following the aftercare instructions given by your Certified Laser Technician is essential and in addition to this, leading a healthy lifestyle is your next best bet.

Laser tattoo removal works by breaking down the ink of your tattoo into smaller particles which are carried out and rid of by the immune system. Commit to having a good diet and exercise routine before and during your removal process. Drink a lot of water, eat tons of fruits and veggies, and implement immune-boosting foods like citrus fruits, which have lots of vitamin C, or ginger, which has anti-inflammatory properties, into your daily diet.

As you can see, none of these are quick fixes and will require time, patience, and dedication. If you want to keep your body safe and effectively get rid of your ink with laser tattoo removal, these steps will be crucial.

Before and after of arm tattoo after one laser session

Call the Tattoo Removal Specialists Today!

Have questions about our experience or our lasers? Or are you ready to schedule your FREE consultation? Get in touch with MEDermis Laser Clinics today by calling our Austin clinic at 512-637-5277, the San Antonio clinic at 210-402-4030, or by filling out our online contact form.