How does laser tattoo removal work? Firstly let’s understand how tattoos work. The tattoo pigment is placed in the Dermis. This is the deeper layers of the skin, and the ink particles are quite large, and cannot be absorbed by the body here. This makes the ink permanent.

Tattoo laser removal works by directing the laser light onto the tattoo. The laser is set to certain wavelengths depending on the ink colour. Black ink is the easiest to remove or fade.

Image of different coloured arrows to show colour absorption on a black and white surface

Why? Because these colours absorb all wavelengths of light. If you think about the colour spectrum, black absorbs the laser light, whereas white retracts the laser light. Reds, blues, and greens can take a little longer.


The tattoo ink absorbs the laser light, and the ink particles are shattered into tiny little particles.


The Elimination Process

The shattered ink is then eliminated through the lymphatic system. This is the body’s natural cleansing system. Every tattoo is different, and so is every individual. The healthier you are, the quicker the process. There are things you can do to help boost your immune system and help with faster results. Learn more here. 


Number of treatments

Generally, it takes 6-10 treatments to remove or fade a tattoo. However, this can vary on a number of factors; tattoo colour, amount of ink, skin tone, layering of the tattoos. tattoo location and age of tattoo. Removal or fading of a tattoo is like peeling back an onion skin, we can only treat one layer at a time. We will do a skin assessment so we can estimate how many sessions you might need.

It’s advisable to wait at least 6 weeks between each treatment. The ink elimination process takes time. We recommend this amount of time so we can achieve the best results.

At Goodbye Tattoos, our laser tattoo removal specialists will take you through all the information you need, and are happy to answer your questions. So if you’re looking for laser tattoo removal in Sydney, get in touch with Goodbye Tattoos today. Call 1300 74 50 74, email [email protected] or via our contact page