How does laser tattoo removal work?

The process works by using the LightSense® laser beam to break apart the ink-filled macrophages that make up a tattoo into smaller particles.

The resulting fragments of ink are then simply flushed out of the body through the lymphatic system. The following video illustrates this process in greater detail.

How laser tattoo removal works

How long does laser tattoo removal take?

The process is repeated until all the ink is removed. On average it takes 8-12 laser removal sessions to fully clear a tattoo.

The LightSense™ laser system uses ultra-low energy in tandem with a precise spot size to target the ink without damaging the surrounding skin. With no skin damage there is less downtime, treatments can take place as often as every 2-3 weeks.

How long does laser tattoo removal take?

It takes 8-12 sessions on average to fully remove a tattoo, while permanent makeup removal generally requires 3-5 sessions. Tattoos are as unique as you are, which means these figures can sometimes be less, sometimes more.

Three factors determine how long removal might take: the tattoo style; health and lifestyle; and your personalized treatment plan.

Tattoo style

Balanced lifestyle

Personal treatment plan

Each tattoo is unique. The depth, density, color, and type of ink can all have an impact on treatment length.

Tattoos closer to the heart have better circulation, making for a faster removal.

Speak to one of our experts to learn more about how long yours might take to remove.

Strong immune systems are more efficient at flushing away ink particles. A healthy diet and lifestyle will help optimize results.


Help your lymphatic system flow faster by drinking lots of water.

Healthy diet:

Being well-rested and eating a balanced diet will lead to the best results. Unsurprisingly, smoking and excessive alcohol consumption may slow the process.

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

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

Is tattoo removal right for me?

No, after 18,000 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 consultants.

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

On average it takes 8-12 sessions to completely remove a tattoo, treating as often as every 2-3 weeks. 

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. NAAMA Plus will supercharge your removal. 

Unfortunately, no - maybe one day! For now, 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. This means we see tattoo removal in months, rather than years.

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