When it comes to the success of your tattoo removal, there are many factors that need to be taken into consideration. This includes the size of the tattoo, the location, color and the density of the tattoo ink, to name a few.

While there are many other factors in addition to the listed, the success of your tattoo removal is greatly dependent on the number of laser tattoo removal sessions you complete. It’s important to note that not all tattoos are the same, and everybody’s results may be slightly different depending on several factors, including:

Ink Color

Traditionally, tattoos that were composed of black or blue ink were easier to remove than those that were designed with of green, red, orange, white and yellow. But new tattoo removal technology, like the Enlighten laser system, make treatment and removal for all color tattoos more effective. Some clients may still see ink colors fade within different numbers of sessions though.

Age of the Tattoo

Older tattoos tend to be easier to remove because the pigment has already naturally faded over time. A greater number of sessions may be required for new tattoos though, because of the fresh pigment. A consultation with a laser specialist like Dr. Jeffrey Gosin at Shore Vascular & Vein Center, will help you determine amount of sessions you may need and the type of results you can expect.

Tattoo Size

While the size of a tattoo doesn’t necessarily determine the success of the removal, it may play a factor into the number of sessions required for complete removal. The size of your tattoo is also going to determine how much time each treatment session will take. Again, a consultation with a tattoo removal specialist can give you a better idea of sessions and procedures.

Skin Color

Skin color can affect potential side effects related to laser tattoo removal. Certain laser wavelength can cause loss of skin pigment and lightening of the skin, while other laser wavelengths are “color blind” and can be used on all skin types. The Enlighten™ laser has the ability to use two different wavelengths of laser, one of which is safe for use on all skin types. Therefore, this laser has the ability to safely remove many tattoos from all skin tones, from light to dark.

Location of the Tattoo

The location of the tattoo can, at time, affect the rate of healing. While excellent results can be expected to be obtained on tattoos in all body areas, a laser specialist can discuss any specific considerations in your particular case.


It’s important to remember that each patient and laser removal session is different. Picosecond lasers like the Enlighten have made laser tattoo removal less painful and a quicker process overall. If you are experiencing “tattoo regret” and would like to explore the best option for tattoo removal, make an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Gosin at Shore Vascular & Vein Center. We use the latest, most advanced laser technology available anywhere to provide the most complete tattoo removal in fewest number of treatments, with the best overall experience.

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