Why Do Some Tattoos Get Darker After A Laser Tattoo Removal Session?

You’ve started your laser tattoo removal treatments, but wait — does it look like your tattoo is getting darker? What you may not know is that depending on how your body removes the tattoo ink, the tattoo can appear to be darker after early removal sessions.

Yes, you read that right. Your tattoo may appear to darken after your first few laser removal treatments. There’s no need to worry, though, as this is perfectly normal. During your sessions, the specialist will target the laser onto your tattoo pigment, which breaks the ink into smaller particles that your body’s immune system then disposes of overtime.

Depending on the color of your tattoo, the darker or more vibrant appearance of your tattoo may have a scientific explanation. Lighter colors may have traces of white ink in them. After laser treatments, the white oxidizes and can turn to a gray color, darkening the look of your tattoo pigment.

How Long Do Tattoo Fading and Removal Take?

At MEDermis Laser Clinic, we find that the average patient requires only three to seven sessions to completely fade or remove unwanted tattoos. The exact number will be determined when you visit our Austin or San Antonio office for a free consultation. Your tattoo removal sessions will last about 15 to 30 minutes and be scheduled six to eight weeks apart.

When you visit one of our offices for your free consultation, we’ll determine how many sessions you need to remove your tattoo based on its characteristics, including age, coloring, size, and location on your body. For example, blacks and darker blues are easy for a technician to remove, while yellows, light greens, and light blues can be very difficult.

Remove Unwanted Tattoos With MEDermis Laser Clinic

With nearly 300,000 tattoo removals to date, MEDermis Laser Clinic can successfully remove your ink using the safest and most effective tattoo removal methods available. Since 2006, we’ve been the most trusted professionals in San Antonio and Austin, TX to remove unwanted tattoos with minimal side effects and scarring.

For all of our clients, we offer a free consultation to determine the ideal number of sessions it will take to remove a tattoo. We also answer any questions or concerns you may have. As an added bonus, we even guarantee to continue treating your tattoo at no additional cost for one full year if the number of required sessions exceeds our estimate.

Schedule your free consultation today by calling us at 512-637-5277 (Austin) or 210-402-4030 (San Antonio) or complete our online form.