Tattoo removal technology has vastly improved over the years, making it generally more effective and often less painful. However, many factors can affect its performance on each individual tattoo.
Some colors of tattoo inks are more difficult to remove than others. Generally, white and warm colors such as red and yellow are known for being harder to get rid of, while dark blues, greens and black are usually the easiest to remove.
Tattoo pigment tends to fade over time. While this is normally seen as a negative effect, you’re in luck if you’re looking to remove it. The more your tattoo has already faded, the less pigment there is to remove.
Darker skin tones can be more prone to negative side effects of laser removal. Therefore, a less powerful laser may be used, which often means more sessions are required, at wider intervals.
Professional vs. Amateur
Tattoos applied by a professional will be deep within the skin and have a higher amount of ink. On the other hand, an amateur is much less likely to have the skills or equipment needed to create a long-lasting tattoo. For that reason, it is usually easier to remove a tattoo that has been done by an amateur artist.
Your Immune System
Laser tattoo removal works by breaking down the ink pigment in your skin, which your body then eliminates. Everyone’s immune system functions differently, so this can affect how quickly your body disposes of the treated ink.
Scarring can occur during tattoo application, and lasers may have a difficult time accessing ink that is located beneath scar tissue.
Location on Body
Hands, feet and legs tend to be more difficult areas, whereas spots like arms, back, neck and face are usually easier. That is because there are more lymph nodes and blood flow in those areas, essentially giving your immune system better access to the treated pigment.
Because there is usually more ink involved in a cover-up piece, the efficiency of removal may be lower. Ink is usually “layered” in this type of tattoo, adding to the difficulty of treating it.
If any of these difficult characteristics apply to the tattoo you hope to have removed, there’s no need to panic. It may simply mean that you will need more sessions, the sessions will need to be spaced out more or the doctor may need to use a different type of laser. All the factors listed here interact with each other in different ways, and only a removal specialist can properly assess your particular case. Contact Newport Tattoo Removal at (949) 631-9009 today to schedule your consultation. You can also use our online contact form.