8 Factors of Tattoo Removal

8 factors of tattoo removal

When someone considers getting their tattoo removed, the most common question they ask themselves is “how many sessions will this take?” In truth, the answer can vary depending a number of factors. While it is difficult to foresee the exact number of treatments it will take to completely remove your tattoo, success can be determined by the following conditions:

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1. Age of the Tattoo

The older your tattoo is, the more likely the pigment has faded and may be easier to remove than fresher, darker ink. 

2. Size of the Tattoo

Common sense tells us that the larger the tattoo, the more ink was used to on your skin. Because of this, larger tattoos require more sessions to eliminate and may be difficult to predict. The good news is that no matter how large your unwanted tattoo is, new laser technology is becoming more efficient at blasting it away! 

3. Ink Color

Green, blue, and black inks are typically easier to remove, while yellow, orange, and red inks are a bit more difficult. New technology such as the PicoSure laser has been able to more efficiently remove these tattoo colors. With the revolutionized PicoSure laser, tattoo removal sessions have been reduced to only a few treatments for black and blue inks!

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4. Skin Color

Tattoo removal is generally more effective on clients with lighter skin tones. This is because lighter skin doesn’t significantly absorb laser light, which means most of the laser energy is focused on the tattoo ink. Alternatively, those with darker skin tones tend to siphon a portion of that laser light away from the tattoo, making removal a bit 

5. Smoking

Smokers have been known to experience a slower rate of wound healing, and rend to exhibit signs of skin dehydration. Because of this, the effectiveness of tattoo removal lasers may be lessened.

6. Tattoo Location

This one might not be so obvious. Your tattoo’s location can determine how many treatment sessions are required for complete removal. This is because areas of the body that have limited vascular supply, such as the hands and feet, heal slower than areas like the chest or back. 

7. Scar Tissue

During the initial tattoo process, some people develop scarring or tissue damage. Ink pigments that exist under these types of scars are much more difficult to remove, and may require more tattoo removal sessions. 

8. Cover-up Tattoos

Cover-ups are the most difficult tattoos to remove, with reason. Because a cover-up tattoo contains essentially twice the ink of a normal tattoo, and often times uses darker tones, more treatment sessions are typically required to remove one. 

At Inkoff.MD, Dr. Chung and his staff have been successfully removing tattoos with the very latest technology. Utilizing PicoSure Laser Treatments, we completely eliminate your unwanted ink. Call us today for the quickest tattoo removal in Honolulu! (808) 949-8346

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