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 Fits 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 755, 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 Revlite SI 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.
We also used the PicoSure for one treatment to clear up the very little green ink that was present in the unwanted tattoo. The results that we got with the PicoSure are not typical and 95% of the time pico would not be used on a skin type 4+.
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.
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