At the beginning of a treatment, clients are given protective eye shields to prevent any vision damage. A topical anesthetic is applied to the treatment site, to numb any sensation. A laser beam is placed over the unwanted tattoo. The laser emits “pulses” of energy that penetrate and break down the tattoo pigment. The amount of “pulses” necessary depends on the size and location of the tattoo; smaller tattoos require less “pulses” than large ones. Immediately after the session is over, an ice pack is applied to the treated area to soothe any discomfort. A patch or bandage is used to protect the site.