Tattoo removal can be accomplished using the Q-Switched Nd: YAG Laser. A series of treatments is always necessary. The number of treatment with the Q-Switched Nd: YAG Laser will vary depending on the lesion, size, location, colour and age of the patient and age of the tattoo. Amateur tattoos respond more quickly than professional tattoos, although both can be improved with laser tattoo removal. Amateur tattoos may clear after 2 or 3 treatments, but professional tattoos may take 6-10 or more treatments to improve or clear.
Laser tattoo removal is usually performed in intervals spaced at least 4-6 weeks apart. Immediately following treatment, the laser treated skin will look white. This is soon replaced by redness, then a scab. It is important to keep the treated area moist and protected from the sun as it heals.