Frequently asked questions about how to remove a tattoo

Written by: Dr. Fernando Urdiales Gálvez
Edited by: Top Doctors®


How many sessions are necessary to remove a tattoo permanently?


The number of sessions needed to remove the tattoo depends on several factors:

  • Tattoo Age: the older you are, the less number of sessions will be needed.
  • Tattoo color: black and gray disappear before the rest.
  • The size: more size, more sessions.

Since we have picosecond lasers Qs (Picosure), we have reduced the number of sessions. Reference: 5 sessions will be sufficient in tattoos more than 5 years and less than 10 sessions, if they are recent.

Laser tattoo removed

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Does the skin is very affected?


When performing the treatment, immediately discreet inflammation in the area and a small scab that can last several weeks occurs. Something similar to when someone a tattoo is done, indeed. During the course of these weeks after surgery, you must apply an ointment prescribed by professional in Aesthetic Medicine. In addition, it will also indicate some sunscreen if it is a sun-exposed area.


Is it possible to return to the surgical site tattoo?


Of course it is possible to return to tattoo the area. In fact, many times only tattoo clearance is done so that the tattooist can return the area to intervene. To return to tattoo on the surgical site, the professional must wait until the skin is completely recovered.


Is it a painful procedure?


It is not a painful procedure, but something bothers. To avoid this discomfort, experts refer the patient to topical anesthesia is applied an hour before the session and cover the area with cartene. These indications are necessary in the first few sessions, especially if the tattoo is very recent. However, in the past it is no longer practically indispensable.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Fernando Urdiales Gálvez
Aesthetic Medicine

Dr. Urdiales Galvez is a benchmark in the specialty of Aesthetic Medicine. With over 30 years of experience, he has combined his work as a doctor in collaboration with associations, courses, conferences and presentations related to their specialty. It is currently the medical director Miramar Medical Institute owner, Laser Platform 2nd most complete of Spain with the Quality Certificate ISO 9001.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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