However, some tattoos have coloration that make them much more difficult to remove. Specifically, patients with light green or blue/green (also called teal or turquoise) tattoos sometimes face an uphill battle in getting their tattoo faded as much as they'd like. No matter what laser is used, if certain colors are present in the tattoo, only 50-70% of the ink may be able to be removed. For some patients with only a small amount of this color in their tattoo, this is a great result. But for patients with significant amounts of blue/green ink, they may be unsatisfied with the results and they deserve an honest appraisal from the tattoo removal clinic before they begin their treatment.
Some tattoos are almost impossible to remove, but thankfully these are rare. tattoos with white ink often cause difficulty because of the metallic nature of the ink, and because the laser is reflected off of the tattoo instead of absorbed by the pigment. Glow-in-the-dark tattoos for similar reasons cause difficult in removal.
Some tattoos are extremely dark, and have a great deal of pigment in them. They may be cover ups of previous tattoos, or a tribal tattoo that is very rich in ink. These tattoos can often be removed completely if the colors are right, but they may need a great number of sessions - perhaps as many at 10-15.
Other factors that affect how quickly a tattoo can be removed include: the age of the tattoo (older tattoos are easier to remove than newer tattoos) and the density of the ink (thick, dark tattoos take more sessions generally than light, faded tattoos).
To learn more about removing your tattoo, call a medical facility that specializes in laser tattoo removal. Specialists will do numerous tattoo removal procedures each day will have the experience to give the best advice and have the most modern equipment and training.