Several additional factors can affect the long-term outcome of your treatment. Older tattoos are easier to remove than newer ones; tattoos applied by amateurs are easier to remove than those applied by professionals. Certain pigments are easier to remove, with blue and green inks being the least responsive to treatment. The brand of ink used will also affect the results. Your provider can advise you on what to expect based on your particular tattoo.

With modern lasers scarring is quite rare and the more closely pre and post treatment instructions are followed by the patient the more success they will have.

Ideal Candidates for Laser Tattoo Removal

  • Are physically healthy
  • Do not smoke 
  • Are physically stable 
  • Want to change their appearance
  • Are willing to commit a substantial amount of time to the process
  • Do not have unusual scar formations, such as keloids, or scars in the tattooed area
  • Do not have connective tissue disorders, such as lupus
  • Are not taking Accutane, nor have taken it for the previous 6 months
  • Have not had other cosmetic surgery in the tattooed area
  • Are well informed about the procedure
  • Hold realistic expectations about the outcome
  • Avoid aspirin and aspirin-containing medicines for one week prior to the procedure