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March 27, 2024

Questions & Answers on Tattoo Removal and Picosecond Laser

Removing a tattoo is a decision often accompanied by numerous questions, especially regarding costs, procedures, and alternatives like cover-ups. In this article, we will delve into the topic comprehensively and shed light on the key aspects.

Tattoos serve as a form of self-expression and art for many individuals, but opinions or circumstances may change over time. Fortunately, nowadays there are ways to remove or modify unwanted tattoos. However, before embarking on the journey of removal, there are several crucial factors to consider.

How much does tattoo removal cost?

The cost of removing a tattoo can vary significantly depending on various factors. Some of the decisive factors include:

  • Size of the tattoo: Larger tattoos may require more sessions and thus can be more expensive.
  • Tattoo colors: Some colors are easier to remove than others. Dark colors like black are often easier to treat than light or colorful ones.
  • Location of the tattoo: The placement of the tattoo on the body can influence the costs. Areas with thinner skin or poor circulation may be more challenging to treat.
  • Number of sessions: Most people require multiple sessions to completely remove a tattoo. The number of sessions needed depends on various factors, including those mentioned above.

If you have a tattoo that you would like to have removed, contact us for a non-binding and free initial estimate of the effort so that we can best answer your questions about the costs.

Who is allowed to remove tattoos?

In Switzerland, various professionals are permitted to perform tattoo removal. The two main methods for tattoo removal are laser treatments and surgical procedures. Here are the main actors typically responsible for tattoo removal:

  • Dermatologists: Dermatologists are qualified to perform laser treatments for tattoo removal. They have medical education and experience in skincare.
  • Laser therapists: Some specialized studios may employ laser therapists who specialize in tattoo removal. These professionals should have specific training and certifications for the application of laser technologies.

It is important to ensure that the professional you are considering for tattoo removal has the necessary qualifications and experience. Inquire about their education, certifications, and potential risks associated with the removal process. Comprehensive pre-procedure consultation is crucial to clarify expectations and achieve the best results.

How does tattoo removal work?

Tattoo removal typically involves the targeted application of energy to break down and fragment the color pigments embedded in the skin. The most commonly used method is laser removal. Here is a basic explanation of how laser removal works:

  • Absorption of laser light: The laser emits highly concentrated light absorbed by the color pigments in the tattoo.
  • Fragmentation of pigments: The energy from the laser light leads to rapid heating of the color pigments, causing their fragmentation or destruction. These smaller pigment particles can be absorbed by the body's immune system and transported through the bloodstream.
  • Different colors, different wavelengths: Different colors absorb different wavelengths of light. Therefore, lasers with specific wavelengths are used for different colors in the tattoo.
  • Multiple sessions: Since not all pigments can be removed in one session, multiple laser treatments are required at intervals of several weeks to gradually lighten or remove the tattoo.

It is important to note that tattoo removal is not painless and may carry some risks such as scarring or changes in skin pigmentation. Results may vary depending on individual factors such as skin type, size, and type of tattoo. Before starting tattoo removal, thorough consultation with a qualified professional is necessary to discuss the best options and potential risks.

How long does tattoo removal take?

The duration of tattoo removal depends on various factors, including the size and colors of the tattoo, the type of laser treatment, individual skin reaction, and the number of required sessions. Generally, multiple sessions are necessary to completely remove or fade a tattoo. Here are some general guidelines:

  • Time between sessions: Most laser treatments for tattoo removal require a gap of 4 to 8 weeks between sessions to allow the skin sufficient time to heal.
  • Total duration: The total duration of tattoo removal can take several months to over a year, depending on the size of the tattoo, the number of sessions, and the skin's healing response.
  • Number of sessions: The number of sessions required may vary, but on average, most people need 6-12 sessions.
  • Healing process: The healing process between sessions is crucial, as the skin needs time to regenerate and break down the pigments.

It is important to note that not all tattoos can be completely removed, and some may leave permanent scars or pigment changes. The exact duration of tattoo removal should be discussed individually with a qualified professional who considers the specific characteristics of the tattoo and skin.

Tattoo removal or cover-ups?

The decision between tattoo removal and cover-ups depends on various factors, including your personal preferences, the original tattoo, the reasons for the change, and your expectations. Here are some considerations:

Tattoo removal:

  • Complete removal: If you want to completely get rid of the original tattoo, tattoo removal is the only option.
  • Time commitment: Tattoo removal requires multiple sessions over a longer period, and results may vary. It is a progressive process.
  • Cost: Tattoo removal can be expensive, especially if multiple sessions are required.
  • Risk of scarring: There is a risk of scarring or changes in skin pigmentation with tattoo removal.


  • Faster solution: A cover-up can often be done in a single session, providing a quicker solution compared to removal.
  • Creativity: A well-planned cover-up can conceal the old tattoo through creative elements or a new design.
  • Cost: Although cover-ups generally cost less than removal, the price depends on the complexity of the new design.
  • Limitations: Not all tattoos are suitable for a cover-up, and there are certain limitations regarding the choice of the new design.

Precise and Effective: Picosecond Laser Tattoo Removal

Picosecond laser tattoo removal utilizes ultra-short laser pulses in the picosecond range for more precise and effective results compared to conventional Q-switched lasers. During the treatment, the short laser pulses shatter the tattoo color pigments, which are then naturally cleared by the body. While multiple sessions are required, this technology minimizes the risk of skin damage and scarring, making it a preferred option for tattoo removal.

The decision between tattoo removal and cover-up depends on your individual goals, preferences, and circumstances. It is advisable to consult with an experienced tattoo artist or specialist in tattoo removal to discuss the best options for your specific tattoo. At Blade & Shade, we specialize in professional tattoo removal. If you have any questions on the topic, feel free to contact us anytime or book an appointment online for a non-committal and free consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.

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