Thigh Tattoo Removal
Thigh tattoo removal is common. Many clients with single thigh tattoos come in thinking that thigh tattoo removal is difficult or expensive. Depending on the depth, density and size of the tattoo, the cost can be reasonable.
This client had a scorpion on her thigh. The outline was black linework and the inside is yellow shading. Typically, the black line work takes roughly 8-10 sessions to remove. While the yellow is not completely removed, it becomes less noticeable once the black borders are removed.
Tattoo removal cost is determined by many factors. While multiple sessions are necessary, size is the most important variable to determine how much tattoo removal will cost for you. While we can give you our best guess, we will need to see your tattoo in person to give you an accurate estimate.
Challenge #1 Overall Health
A major challenge we come across while removing tattoos is client health. When our clients are in optimal health, the body can flush ink out faster than if they are unhealthy.
Unfortunately, this client was a smoker. Smoking can decrease ink loss per session up to 70% due to the chemicals consumed through the lungs and the deoxidation of blood. While your body is doing its best to flush out toxins, it prioritises the person’s overall health above the removal of unwanted ink.
Challenge #2 Skin Type
Clients of darker skin types have higher melanin in their skin. In this scenario, the client being Vietnamese makes using certain wavelengths tricky. Black ink is easily addressed on any skin type with 1064 wavelength; however, yellow ink rarely responds. We addressed the yellow ink directly with the 532 wavelength; unfortunately for this client, the combination of a darker skin tone and a 532 wavelength would likely have left her with unsightly hyper- and hypopigmentation. Luckily, yellow tones tend to blend in easily after the black outline is removed.
Advantage #1 Tattoo Age
Luckily for this client, the age of the tattoo was advantageous. This 11-year-old arachnid had plenty of time for our client’s immune system to break down the ink. Through her body’s natural detoxification process, the immune system attacks the large ink particles. Unfortunately, the ink particles are too big for the body to eliminate completely on its own. That’s why we use the laser to break down the ink and assist the immune system in its natural process.
Advantage #2 Tattoo Placement
Tattoo placement is important, especially when tattoos are located in close proximity to major lymphatic glands. The neck, armpit, elbow, back of knee and groin are removed faster than tattoos located on extremities. The scorpion tattoo’s location on our client’s inner thigh allows for easier disposal of the unwanted ink particulates.
How to Remove Thigh Tattoos
This scorpion tattoo stood no chance against the PicoWay®. This q-switch laser utilises a highly effective 1064 wavelength. It can quickly and effectively remove tattoos on all skin types. This particular laser uses photothermal action known as selective photothermolysis to break down unwanted ink while leaving surrounding tissue intact. Selective photothermolysis has innovated the tattoo removal industry and allows for tattoo removal without scarring.
Thigh Tattoo Removal Aftercare
Even with a tricky skin type, this client maintained amazing skin integrity through her removal process. We advise everyone to avoid any and all sun exposure pre and post treatments. When done, the chance of pigmentation changes dramatically. Vitamin E oil is also suggested to help maintain the skin’s natural barriers and protect itself against the continued application of lasers. This client followed these few simple suggestions to achieve the most clearance in the shortest amount of time.Learn More About Aftercare
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