Whether it’s out of regret or a change in perspective, many people with tattoos have at least one from their younger days that they would like to get rid of. While tattoos were likely to be permanent several years ago, modern technology has allowed for more and more people to undergo the tattoo removal process to erase the mistakes they made in their choice of body art.
Even with this new technology, removing tattoos is still a challenge. There are number of factors that go into a successful removal treatment including the experience level of your technician, the age of the tattoo, the type of laser used and the color of your skin and the ink that was used. This article will focus specifically on how skin tone and ink color play a major role in the success of your treatment.
Impact of Skin Color
Skin tone plays a major role in the tattoo removal process and it’s often discussed in terms of the Fitzpatrick Scale, which is how the skin reacts when exposed to the sun. First, tattoos on lighter skin can be removed faster because the laser settings can be set higher, allowing for faster results. Darker skin, on the other hand, requires more care and can’t handle the higher laser settings. It’s an intricate process, but simply put, dark skin tattoo removal is different from light skin tattoo removal, and the technician performing your removal must be aware of these differences.
Impact of Ink Color
Ink color can also determine how long the tattoo removal process takes and whether it can be erased entirely. Contrary to what may seem logical, if you have lighter skin and the ink in your tattoo is darker, the shorter the removal process will be. If your tattoo contains any red, yellow, white or fluorescent shades, it’s going to take more work to get it out. On the other hand, dark colors on dark skin takes a long time to come off because the technician has to be careful to ensure that the energy from the laser is actually being absorbed by the dark pigment in the ink and rather than the dark skin itself.
Skin and ink color are just two examples of what makes the tattoo removal process a challenge. Be sure to discuss these and other questions with your technician during your consultation so you can know exactly what results to expect from your treatment.
If you’re you’d like more information on your own tattoo and how removal may work for you call Newport Tattoo Removal today at (949) 631-9009 to schedule your consultation or use our online contact form.
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