After treatment, the area will be very red and eventually will form an eschar (scab). Our staff will apply an ointment to the area and cover it with a bandage. You will be instructed to apply an ointment called bacitracin (purchased at a retailer such as Wal Mart or Walgreens, or in our medical center) until it is completely healed.
Your tattoo will fade more with each treatment. The number of treatments can vary widely depending upon the color and types of ink used in the tattoo, the depth of the inks, and your personal goals. We have removed amateur (“homemade” or “stick and poke”) tattoos with a single treatment.
Typically you will need at least six treatments to remove most of the tattoo. Deeply placed tattoos may require many more treatments for complete removal. Black (which sometimes appear as dark green or dark blue) and red inks are the most easily removed. Dr. Hardt or a member of her experienced staff will discuss the number of treatments for your particular condition and goals at your consultation.