Patients often come in wanting a tattoo removed for a specific event. They have a wedding in a few months or an important job interview coming up. Unfortunately, the process doesn't work that way. Depending on the size, location, and ink used for the tattoo it can take weeks — even months — before it's fully gone. This is something that you need to come to grips with right away if you're considering laser tattoo removal. Still, you don't want to go into the process without a rough idea of how long it'll take.
Here are a few guidelines that will give you a better idea of just how long it takes to remove tattoos.
The Kirby-Desai Scale
What's the Kirby-Desai Scale? You can read more about it here, but essentially it's a tool used by laser tattoo technicians to determine how many laser treatments a tattoo removal will take. It consists of six factors:
Depending on how your tattoo fares on each of these points, the process can take anywhere from a few months to a year. The bottom line is that laser tattoo removal doesn't work overnight. But think about it, if you have a tattoo and you want it gone then the timetable shouldn't really matter. Yes, the process may take a while and that can be frustrating, but it's nothing compared to living the rest of your life with a tattoo that's making you miserable. The sooner you schedule a consultation the sooner you'll be rid of your unwanted tattoos.
If you want that tattoo gone then you'll need someone with experience and skill to perform your laser tattoo removal. If you're currently dealing with unwanted tattoos, don't hesitate to contact us at The Florida Center for Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery today. Dr. DeMercurio has many years of experience providing excellent care in the field of cosmetic surgery.