A successful non-laser tattoo removal procedure will have the ink expel from the skin not only during the office procedure but also continue over the course of the next 3 days. You can then expect to see it accumulate into a hardened crust on the surface of the skin which eventually disengages similar to a regular scab. Depending on how much ink is present and how much surface area it covers, the crusts may take anywhere from less than a week to well over a week to disengage. Once the crusts are off, smooth, healed skin is revealed underneath with hopefully much less of the unwanted ink color.