Lasers help erase unwanted tattoos by breaking up the pigment with high-intensity beams of light. Black ink is the easiest to eliminate, although different lasers can be used to fade other colors. The number of treatments necessary for total removal depends on the size of the tattoo as well as its color(s), but the general range is two to 10 sessions. Skin color can play a role in the number of treatments necessary as well as the laser(s) used.
Mainline Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Jason Bloom has extensive experience safely using lasers for tattoo removal for all skin tones, as well as a wide range of ink types. Bloom Facial Plastic Surgery at Mainline Center for Laser Surgery features the most advanced picosecond laser technology to remove tattoo inks rapidly and in fewer sessions than older systems.