1st Tattoo Removal Procedure
You will feel heat while the procedure is being done. You'll also hear a crackling noise as the laser rapid fires (about 10 shots a second), causing the ink to break up. The average treatment will take only a few minutes.
Following the treatment, you will experience some bleeding, crusting, scabbing, and/or swelling. The area will heal in about 2-3 weeks. It will take about 6 weeks for your body to clear away the ink that was broken up during the treatment.
How much the ink will fade during that first treatment will depend on factors like the age of the tattoo, how much ink was used for the tattoo, and how deep the ink is in the skin.
In some cases you may not see a huge difference after the first session. In other cases there will be a significant difference. Your consultation prior to beginning the treatments will have provided some indication of what results to expect for your removal.
2nd-5th Tattoo Removal Procedures
Your tattoo could fade as much as 50% between the first and 5th procedures.
Considering there are 6-8 week wait times between sessions, it's a good idea to keep a photo diary of your progress.
The percentage of fading will vary from treatment to treatment. It's easy to forget how dark the original tattoo was after seeing faded versions for many months. Your progress photos will provide encouragement during the wait times.