The laser penetrates your skin, breaking down the ink pigments from the inside of your body cells and exposing them out of the cells. Your immune system then takes action; it identifies the ink as foreign to the body and embarks on getting rid of it.
It might take some time to get rid of the ink completely from your body, and it is also much dependent on your immune system. The closer the body art is to the heart, the better because the circulation fastens the process.
The procedure is repeated every 4 to 6 weeks. If done more frequently, it may increase chances of side effects and it’s also good to monitor the progress as the process continues. The procedure may take 12 to 18 sessions for the ink to completely clear. However, it differs from person to person.
Different lasers are used depending on the ink colors used. The surgeon will prescribe you some antibiotics to use and advise you to keep the “wound” clean; you may consider bandaging.