How many treatment sessions will it take to remove the tattoo?
- On the average, professional tattoos require at least 6 -10 treatments, while amateur tattoos require 3-4 treatments, all spaced approximately on 6 – 8 weeks apart. The number of treatments depends on the amount and type of ink used and the depth of the ink in the skin.
Do all colors of ink disappear equally as well?
- No dark (blue/black) inks and red inks fade the best. Oranges and purples usually respond well. Green and yellow inks are the most difficult to remove, although additional treatments can produce significant fading.
Will the tattoo completely disappear?
- Dr. Rapaport feels that greater than 95% fading of the tattoo may be accomplished. However, it is very important to know that over 100 tattoo inks are in use worldwide today, none of which are regulated by the FDA. Not knowing which tattoo ink, how deep or how much was used, makes it impossible for the physician to predict the degree of removal on any given tattoo
What type of post treatment care is necessary?
- Usually there will be pinpoint bleeding associated with the treatment. An antibacterial ointment and a dressing will be applied to the area. The treated area should be kept clean with continued application of any ointment given to you by Dr. Rapaport. A shower can be taken the next day, although the treated area should not be scrubbed.