If you have a tattoo that you wish you could undo, you’re not alone. As many as 45 million Americans have tattoos, and nearly 25% of them report having tattoo regret. Fortunately, thanks to advances in laser tattoo removal treatments, saying goodbye to that tattoo is easier than ever before. Here are four things you didn’t know about the process.
1. Your immune system removes your tattoo, not the laser.
During your laser tattoo removal treatment,the nurses at Dr. Jay’s Laser Medi Spa uses bursts of high-intensity light to blast your tattoo ink into tiny particles. Once they’re broken down, it’s easier for your body to absorb them and then naturally flush them from your system.
While your immune system removes the ink from your body, scheduling adequate downtime between treatments is key to success. If the laser is applied to the area too soon, you risk unpleasant side effects like skin irritation or changes in skin texture.
Since everyone’s body is different, Dr. Jay determines laser treatment frequency on a case-by-case basis, but treatments typically occur between four and eight weeks apart.
2. The tattoo removal process is different for each tattoo.
Just because your friend’s tattoo was removed in three sessions doesn’t mean that yours can be, too. Each tattoo is different depending on its age, location, color, and the skill of the tattoo artist.
Older tattoos fade more easily than newer ones, because your body has already absorbed some of the ink over the years. The closer the tattoo is to your heart, the faster it responds to treatment because of better blood circulation in the area.
Darker ink colors, like black, attract all wavelengths of light, so they’re usually easier to treat with lasers. Additionally, amateur tattoo artists generally use less ink, so those tattoos often require fewer treatments.
Because of all of these differences, the process for removing each tattoo can vary and can take multiple treatments.
3. Smoking slows the tattoo removal process.
If you’re looking for another excuse to ditch those cigarettes, think about your tattoo removal.
Not only does smoking harm your blood cells, it constricts the blood vessels in your body and affects their function. The impairments to your immune system and blood vessels caused by smoking can prevent the ink particles in your tattoo from being flushed from your body as quickly and increase your healing time. In fact, one study reported that smoking drastically reduces the chances of a tattoo being successfully removed in 10 laser treatment sessions.
For the best results in saying goodbye to your tattoo once and for all, do everything you can to ensure you have a healthy body. If you smoke, quit before attempting tattoo removal.
4. Laser tattoo removal works on your face.
Having a tattoo on your lips, cheeks, or forehead can be a challenge to cover up, but laser tattoo removal is safe enough to use on these delicate areas of your body. Laser tattoo removal is also a precise treatment that targets your tattoo ink, so it doesn’t damage your surrounding skin. This ensures that you don’t have to worry about facial flaws caused by your tattoo removal.
While it might sting a little, Dr. Jay has several laser treatments available to remove these areas of ink.
If you want to learn more about how Dr. Jay can help fade or remove your tattoo, feel free to call or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.