One question people who are considering tattoo removal may ask is “How accurately will the procedure remove all unwanted ink?” It’s a good question. And there’s a good answer: Non-invasive laser tattoo removal is one of the safest, most effective, and most accurate ways to remove tattoos. 

Is It Accurate?

Non-invasive laser tattoo removal is one of the safest, most effective, and most accurate ways to remove tattoos. With most tattoos, tattoos can be erased completely with several laser tattoo removal visits. Black tattoo pigment absorbs all laser wavelengths, which makes it the easiest type of ink to remove. But thanks to new technology, even paler colors can now be more easily removed. Blue and green inks showed 75% fading after 2 sessions with almost 100% fading in ⅔ of clients.

The PicoWay Laser is the most effective on the market. Also used on the skin to remove acne scars, dark spots, and even wrinkles, the PicoWay provides exceptional results for tattoo removal.  

Factors That Affect Results

There are several factors that affect the accuracy of laser tattoo removal as well as how many sessions are necessary for complete removal. These factors include:

  • Color of the ink
    • Dark green and black are the easiest to remove. Purple, yellow, turquoise, and fluorescent colors are the most difficult.
  • Placement on the body
    • The chest, stomach, and back are some of the easiest areas to remove tattoos from due to the amount of circulation. Due to lack of circulation, the hands and feet can be more challenging.
  • Age of the tattoo
    • Older tattoos are easier to remove because they have already started to fade.
  • Professional vs. amateur tattoo artist
    • Tattoos applied by amateur artists are typically easier to remove because of varying depths of tattoo ink in the skin. The exception to this is when an amateur artist pressed too hard and caused scarring of the skin.
  • Color of the skin
    • Lighter skin doesn’t absorb as much light so the laser can focus on breaking up the ink more effectively.
  • Health and lifestyle of the client
    • A strong immune system, increased activity and blood flow, and increased water consumption will all improve the results of your laser tattoo removal session.
  • Number of sessions
    • If your budget only allows for a few laser tattoo removal sessions, your tattoo may not be completely removed. But it will be significantly faded and the perfect candidate for an awesome new coverup tattoo.
  • Aftercare
    • Following the aftercare instructions from your technician is incredibly important and will ensure your tattoo is removed properly and efficiently.

To thoroughly remove your tattoo it will take more than one session to get the desired result, and you’ll need to take breaks between treatments. Your technician can walk you through how much time you should take between sessions based on where the tattoo is located and your tolerance for discomfort. 

What Does the Process Look Like?


After you’ve come in for your consultation and decided to start the laser tattoo removal process, there are a few things you can do in the days before your first appointment that will give you better results.

  1. Minimize sun exposure
    1. Less melanin in your skin makes the laser tattoo process more accurate. It also lessens the risk of hyperpigmentation, blistering, and scarring.
  2. Stop taking any medications that may thin blood
    1. Blood thinners can cause bruising from the removal process. It can also lengthen the healing process.
  3. Limit/stop smoking
    1. Smoking slows the immune system which can affect how well the ink particles are flushed from the system after laser treatment.

During Treatment

The actual laser tattoo removal procedure takes only a few minutes. You can bring your headphones and listen to your favorite music while the technician works their magic, but it will all be over before you know it! You can even return to work the same day or the next day. If your procedure is in a particularly sensitive area, there is a topical cream can be applied to numb the area to lessen any discomfort.


The most important part of your laser tattoo removal process is to follow all aftercare instructions from your technician. These instructions will prevent pain and discomfort as well as any risk of infection.

  • Wear loose-fitting clothing
  • Apply cold packs on the day of the procedure
  • Avoid sun exposure

Laser Tattoo Removal Is Your Best Choice

It seems like something straight out of a horror story, but frighteningly enough, a former method used for removing unwanted tattoos was tattoo excision surgery. And it’s just as gruesome as it sounds. The tattoo, and the skin surrounding it, were surgically removed. But thankfully, gone are the days of tattoo excision surgery as laser tattoo removal is available as a much safer and nearly painless option.

New technology is being developed every day. Someday there may be a magical cream available to erase those questionable decisions of our youth, but until something new becomes available, laser tattoo removal technology is the best on the market.

Call the Experts at Ink-B-Gone

Just as with getting a tattoo, having one removed will take time, artistry, and consistency of treatment. You don’t want just anyone removing your tattoo. Shelley Novello. and her staff at Ink-B-Gone have been removing tattoos for 16 years, with over 21,350 clients served. We are trained and certified at Ink-B-Gone, and we’re honest. If we don’t think we can effectively remove your ink, we’ll tell you so. Give us a shout today– we’d love to help you keep the ink you love, and lose the ink you don’t!


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