Tattoo Removal for Faded Green Tattoos?

I'm an African American with dark skin. I was tattooed with black ink , but since sun exposure, it has faded to dark green. I would like to know will the same laser that's used on blue and black ink, be used on my darkish green tattoo?

I have included a photo of a guy with similar skin and tattoo color of my own. Another question would be, how many treatments will it take?

Thanks a lot,

Doctor Answers 2

Test spot PicoSecond Laser

I personally would see a dermatologist with a Picosure laser, and test spot it with a 755 Alex. This laser is different compared to the nano second 1064 laser you had. Ideally black ink should respond well to the 1064, but greens tend to do better with newer tech Picosecond lasers. 
Sometimes a laser can change the composition of the ink, and fragmentation can also occur, another reason is that some tattooists add colours, ie. green to black to achieve a better colour. When it comes to removal, the black laser will only remove black, leaving whats underneath. Laser tattoo removal can be complex, and sometimes controlled trials and test spots are needed. 

Hope that helps

Dr Davin S. Lim 
Cosmetic and laser dermatologist

Brisbane Dermatologist
4.7 out of 5 stars 75 reviews

Have several test spots first

Quite possibly. You might get significant reduction in the color from laser but, there is a risk of both, permanent whitening in some areas and long term darkening in other areas, as a result of your skin’s pigment response to the laser energy. You should have some test spots done and monitored for about four to six weeks, or more, before treating a larger area. The upper outer arms are areas that are prone to raised scars (hypertrophic scars or keloids). Although this is rare with laser tattoo removal, you need to be aware of this possibility, especially if one of the areas that gets treated scabs and it gets infected or if you pick at it.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

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