How many sessions does Q-switch laser require?

I read on a doctor's website that Q-switched laser requires between 10 and 15 sessions. Then I found an article saying the tattoo should be completely removed in 1 to 3 sessions. I'm confused. Which one is right?


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The number of sessions it will take to remove your tattoo depends on a variety of factors. You will have to get it taken off through a series of sessions; this is usually once every couple of weeks to a month. It all depends on how fast your skin tone heals between treatments – in my case, it was about every three weeks. Other important factors that come into play are how old the tattoo is as well as how faded and what colors it contains. Some colors will take longer to come out than others. My tat was pretty faded out when I went in, so it did not take as long as it would have had it been new. Be prepared to spend close to a year getting it removed because no removal solution is an overnight thing.

One of the first things I wanted to know when I went in to have a tattoo removed was how long it was going to take. I knew going in that it would depend on a number of factors, including the size of my tattoo and the kind of ink used. The type of laser being used, a Q-switched laser, meant that I would have more sessions than with some other options. In my case, it only required 6 sessions to have my tattoo fully removed in a way I was satisfied with. But if you have a big tattoo or lots of them, it could take a lot more sessions than this.

This was one of the first things I asked my doctor when I had my tattoo removed, and he said he really couldn’t tell me for sure. It might take as few as four or five, or as many as 10 or more. It all depends on the size of that tattoo, the ink that was used, your skin type and so on. In my case, it was a fairly large tattoo on my back and it took 10 lengthy sessions over a matter of months to finally complete the tattoo removal. The funny thing is, you can still see a rough outline of where it was. I’m glad that I did this, but I’m not entirely satisfied with the result.

Wow that’s a big difference in sessions. No wonder you are confused! What you have to remember is that everybody is different and so are the laser treatments. You could look into different kinds of treatments like PicoSure to see if maybe it would be faster for you. My tattoo was faded and didn’t take very many sessions to get completely removed. The best thing to do is for you to talk to the doctor about your situation.