Treating more frequently than 6 – 8 weeks increases the risk of adverse affects on the skin and does not necessarily increase the rate of absorption. At each session, some but not all of the tattoo pigment particles are effectively fragmented, and the body removes the smallest fragments over the course of several weeks. The result is that the tattoo is lightened over time. Remaining large particles of tattoo pigment are then targeted at subsequent treatment sessions, causing further lightening. The number of sessions and spacing between treatments depends on various factors, including the area of the body treated and skin colour. Tattoos located on the extremities, such as the ankle, generally take longest. As tattoos fade, we may recommend that clients wait many months between treatments to facilitate ink resolution and minimize unwanted side effects. If you treat your tattoo too frequently, the laser is simply targeting the ink that it has already been fragmented but that your body hasn’t had enough time to remove completely.