Laser Tattoo Removal

How To Remove Neon And Colored Tattoos?

Can Neon Tattoo Ink Be Removed?

Short answer? Yes.

With all the advancements made in laser technologies over the years, many of the newer lasers can remove even the most stubborn tattoo inks, including neon colors. Because there isn’t a single laser that can remove all the different tattoo colors, different tattoo ink colors require different lasers.

A Rainbow of Lasers for a Rainbow of Tattoo Colors

Clients can choose from a number of lasers when considering laser tattoo removal. The most common types of lasers used in the industry are:

The Nd:YAG Laser

The Nd:YAG laser 532 nm is designed to treat brighter colors like red, orange, and yellow, while the Nd:YAG 1064 primarily treats black, blue and green inks.  It is probably the most appropriate laser for tattoo removal in people of color. In fact, the Nd:YAG laser 1064 nm has the deepest penetration, meaning that it carries the least risk for hypopigmentation.

The Ruby Laser

The Ruby laser is designed to treat blue and black inks, but green, red, and yellow inks will usually fade with a series of treatments as well. It’s also a good option for those whose tattoos are located on parts of the body that are prone to poor healing, such as the hands, legs, or feet. The ruby laser doesn’t leave behind scarring, and minimal care is required after the procedure. With the Ruby laser, professional tattoos that have yellow, red, or green pigment fade less than black tattoos.

The Alexandrite Laser

Alexandrite lasers are capable of removing blue and black pigments, as well as having been credited with the ability to remove green tattoo pigments better than any other laser. Green is often the only color left behind after treatment with Nd:YAG lasers and maybe the most stubborn color for any other laser type to remove as well. The Alexandrite laser can remove both amateur and professional tattoos.

If your tattoo is a combination of different colors, then you’ll most likely require multiple lasers to fade it completely. Interested in laser tattoo removal for your neon tattoo, but don’t know much about the process or how it works? We’re here to help!

Laser Tattoo Removal Is a Simple and Straightforward Process

The science behind laser tattoo removal is nothing short of magic. Laser tattoo removal works by targeting pigment colors in the skin’s dermis, the layer of skin between the epidermis and subcutaneous tissues. Light beams radiated by the laser are absorbed by tattoo pigments, which then fragment. The body then absorbs and eliminates the pigment fragments.

Your First Laser Tattoo Removal Session

Before a laser tattoo removal session, your medical professional will determine which type of laser to use and how many treatments you’ll need. The number of required treatments is based on the tattoo’s age, size, type, and pigment depth. Before determining an appropriate treatment plan, your medical professional will first test out the laser on your skin to see how it reacts.

So what happens during a laser tattoo removal treatment? Before the session starts a medical professional will apply an anesthetic cream, and you’ll be given protective eye gear to wear, along with a cooling device. The medical professional will then gently place a handpiece against your skin and deliver laser pulses to the tattoo pigment. With each laser pulse, most people experience a sensation similar to a rubber band snapping against their skin. The amount of laser pulses depends on the tattoo’s size, but most treatment sessions only last a few minutes.

You may experience minor bleeding, redness, swelling, and blistering for several hours or days following treatment. The next several weeks may see the treated area flaking, peeling, and scabbing. Handle the treatment site gently. While the site is healing, you should avoid sun exposure and public swimming pools. Once the skin has completely healed (usually four to six weeks after treatment), you can undergo additional sessions.

Expect Results, Even with Neon-Colored Tattoos

There’s no other choice, really. Laser tattoo removal is the only safe and effective method to remove unwanted tattoos. After a series of successful laser treatments, most tattoos are pretty much gone. Keep in mind, however, that how fast your tattoo disappears depends on its color pigments, depth, and age. But even stubborn cases aren’t hopeless. Though colors such as yellow, green, or light blue are more difficult to remove, they can certainly be faded. The same goes for ink that rests deep within the dermis.

The good news is that technology just keeps on getting better. Newer laser technologies such as the Nd:YAG can now effectively treat even the most stubborn ink colors – like neon colors.

Remove Your Tattoo With LaserAway

We love zapping tats at LaserAway—and it shows. The medical staff at LaserAway pride themselves on being the best in the business. They’re certified in administering laser procedures and use only the most cutting edge laser technology and techniques. You’ll always feel at ease with LaserAway. So don’t hesitate to contact us. You’ve got nothing to lose but an unwanted tattoo. If you would like to learn more about LaserAway’s medical spa services or would like to set up a free, no-obligation consultation, please email us at or call us at (888) 965-2737.