How the Laser Tattoo Removal Process Works

How does laser tattoo removal work?

It’s a process. But the results are worth it. 

Successful tattoo removal relies partly on our LightSense® laser, partly your body. We need both to work in harmony to clear those pesky ink particles.

You don’t need to be a laser expert (that’s our job) but it can be helpful to know a little about the process and how laser tattoo removal works. What makes a tattoo permanent? And what does laser tattoo removal actually involve? Let the science lesson begin…

How long does laser tattoo removal take?

We get it. You want your tattoo removed as quickly as possible. With LightSense®, tattoo removal no longer has to take years. We anticipate an average of 8-12 sessions to remove an unwanted tattoo, but with our proprietary laser system, less downtime is required and clients can be treated more frequently; as often as every 2-3 weeks in some cases. Your nurse will advise the best treatment protocol for you and your skin type. Three factors determine how long laser tattoo removal might take: the tattoo itself; your health and lifestyle; and your bespoke treatment plan.

*Your specific amount of downtime will be assessed during your initial consultation and may change during the course of treatment. We can only treat as often as every 2-3 weeks for Fitzpatrick 1-3 skin types.

Tattoo style

Balanced lifestyle

Personal treatment plan

Nobody has the exact same tattoo as you. The depth, density, color, and type of tattoo ink make each tattoo unique, and all influence treatment length. 

The location of your tattoo can also have an effect, with tattoos closer to the heart often removing faster due to better circulation. 

Take our quick, data-backed quiz to see how many sessions your tattoo removal might require.

Image showing unwanted tattoos
Image showing unwanted tattoos

Strong immune systems are more efficient at flushing away ink particles. Optimize your results with a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Drinking lots of water can help your lymphatic system flow faster. We also recommend being well-rested and eating a balanced diet for the best results.

Unsurprisingly, smoking and excessive alcohol consumption may slow the process.

Healthy living can help laser tattoo removal
Healthy living can help laser tattoo removal

Your tattoo is as unique as you are. That's why the most effective removal results are achieved through personalized treatment plans.

Our expert nurses will assess your tattoo, lifestyle and removal goals, and follow up with a bespoke aftercare protocol to follow between treatments.

Your tattoo removal process is personalized to you and your tattoo
Your tattoo removal process is personalized to you and your tattoo

What happens in a laser tattoo removal session?

It’s ok to feel a little apprehensive about starting laser tattoo removal. You don’t know what to expect - but we do, and we’re here to help. 

After checking you in, our front of house team will show you to a seat and offer a drink (the immune-boosting shots and craft coffees are our favorites). 

We love a before and after photo, so you’ll receive regular imaging throughout your tattoo removal journey. We use these photos to track your progress and they're a reminder of how far you’ve come. 

In the treatment room, your nurse will talk through your bespoke treatment plan and answer any questions you might have. We use a Zimmer machine to actively cool and desensitize the skin during laser treatment, and your nurse will talk you through the session so you always know what to expect. 

Once the treatment is complete and aftercare has been discussed, your nurse will take you back to reception where we will book your next appointment. You’ll also receive an aftercare card with our key tips for looking after your skin in the days following treatment.

How many sessions to remove my tattoo?


No, after 30,000 successful treatments we can confidently answer.

Our low-energy LightSense® laser is designed to be incredibly gentle on the skin (without compromising on results) and safe for all skin types

Yes, we are able to completely remove tattoos. There are three factors that determine the efficacy of tattoo removal: the tattoo, the tech, and your lifestyle. 


Read more about these here. To see the best results, we recommend booking a 1-1 tattoo assessment with our nurses.

We can remove most tattoos of all sizes, ink colors and designs, as well as permanent makeup and cosmetic tattoos. We’ll create a bespoke treatment plan to achieve the results you’re looking for.

There are however limitations on treating color ink tattoos on Fitzpatrick 4-6 skin types.

Yes, we can successfully fade tattoos for cover-ups and we do partial removals as well. We usually recommend five sessions for tattoo fade, though this can vary between different tattoo styles, colors, and designs.

Read more about lightening a tattoo here

Following our expert guidance - for example by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, ensuring you read our safe sun exposure guidelines, and applying aftercare creams - will help speed up your removal results.

Unfortunately, no - maybe one day! For now, laser tattoo removal is a process that takes multiple sessions to complete (8-12 on average).

However, one of the great things about our pioneering technology is that clients are able to come in for treatment more frequently. Tattoo removal no longer has to take years.

Speak to us today to see how many sessions might be needed for your tattoo.