Case Study

Chest Tattoo Removal Results

Chest Tattoo Removal Case Study
Chest Tattoo Removal Case Study
Do Old Tattoos Take Longer to Remove Than New Tattoos? Older tattoos are able to be removed faster than new tattoos because over time the body tries to breakdown the tattoo ink on its own. At first glance, this tattoo appears to be all black line work, but when taking a closer look you will notice slight green and red pigments left. These pigments faded over the tattoo’s life span of 17 years (luckily).

Removal Challenge #1 Skin Type

Helena is a Fitzpatrick skin type 5-6, which means that she has more melanin in her skin to protect her from the sun. If the green and red pigments remained saturated and vibrant, Helena may not have been able to remove her tattoo completely. Laser tattoo removal clients who are Skin types 4-6 and have any color outside of black can be a challenge to safely remove.

Removal Challenge #2 Ink Color

Red and green ink can be a challenge to remove on darker skin. The particular wavelengths that laser tattoo removal treatments produce make red and greens a challenge. Red ink best responds to the 532 wavelengths, this wavelength is unable to yield safe results on darker skin types due to the melanin absorption. In short, if applied to the skin with high melanin content, it will typically create hyper or hypopigmentation, which is the lightening or darkening of the skin. This condition can be permanent.

Green pigments respond best to a 730 or 785 wavelengths. Much like the 532 wavelengths, these wavelengths can cause pigmentation damage that is unsightly to someone desiring complete tattoo removal.

How to Remove Chest Tattoos

To give this client the best results possible, the PicoWay laser was used at each treatment and utilized its 1064 wavelength. This wavelength is the safest to use on darker skin tones and is most effective on black inks.

How Lifestyle Impacts Laser Tattoo Removal

This removal was done in so few treatments largely in part to the age of ink, the health of the client, and placement of the tattoo. This individual leads a healthy lifestyle and followed Removery’s guidelines to promote speedy removal. This involves daily exercise, high water intake, and abstaining from smoking and alcohol consumption.

Healthy life choices allow the body’s immune system to focus on the removal of broken down ink caused by the laser at a more efficient rate than a client who does not. The most important factor a client seeking full removal can do is abstain from sun exposure one hundred percent. This will help reduce the chances of unnecessary side effects. This is especially true with a client who has a darker skin type. Even the slightest amount of sun exposure (including tanning beds, and self-tanners) can cause pigmentation damage and change.


It seems crazy doesn’t it. But it’s all about wavelengths and William Kwan, MD is here to explain it all in simple English. Certain wavelengths target certain colored ink. These wavelengths are not focused on the pigmentation of your skin so they avoid it completely. Smart eh and completely safe.

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In our hands with our experience it is 100% safe. We have performed over 1 million successful treatments, but there’s a reason Bond villains always have a laser, in the wrong hands they can be very dangerous.

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How old it is. How big it is. How colorful it is. There are a number of different factors that affect how long it takes to completely remove a tattoo or fade a tattoo for a cover up. Each tattoo and everybody is unique which makes it so difficult to give an accurate timeframe for removal.

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