The age, size, type of ink, and color of the ink will affect how many treatments will be necessary to remove all the pigments. The pigments will fade and disappear over time as treatments continue. A typical treatment averages 30 minutes and many people see results in as little as two treatments, but most patients need anywhere from 4 to 8 treatments to get the best results.
Most patients describe the laser removal process as feeling a targeted heating sensation. This feeling can be uncomfortable, however, the vast majority of patients agree that it is not as painful as getting the tattoo. In order to make the whole process more comfortable, a cooling device can be used during the treatment. After the treatment, the site may blister, scab, or peel. Ice packs can be used to cool the site and reduce inflammation. So, while there is pain associated with having the tattoo removed, your technicians will do all they can to make the removal as painless as possible.