Why Does My Tattoo Look Darker After Laser Removal?
Contrary to what you might think, your tattoo is not getting darker and it’s a normal part of the removal process. Your tattoo is actually still fading even if it looks more vibrant. In fact, it means you are well on your way to clear, tattoo-free skin!
Tattoo ink will often oxidize which is what happens to white ink when laser treated. The white pigmentation turns into a darker pigment because the laser breaks the particles apart into tiny fragments which oxidize with the light exposure and the tattoo often turns into a light brown or blue shade.
How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Actually Work?
Essentially the laser breaks apart the larger ink particles into tiny fragments for your white blood cells to carry away through the lymphatic system. As the white blood cells are working to naturally remove the fragments, the tattoo can often look more vibrant due to there being more tiny particles in the dermis. This is a good indication that the laser accurately targeted those particles and the tattoo is well on its way to being completely removed. Each session will break apart layer by layer of ink until there aren’t any large particles for the laser to target. It can take several sessions before you see any meaningful fading because of this effect.
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