We all know of someone—or perhaps, are someone—who has a tattoo that they regret. Fortunately, laser tattoo removal can be extremely effective. That said, the results of laser tattoo removal do vary depending on the characteristics of your tattoo. Here, we explore a number of factors that can affect just how successful the laser removal will be in the case of your particular tattoo.
The Size of the Tattoo
As you had probably guessed, the larger the tattoo is, the more effort it will take to remove it. Our highly trained technicians are careful to spread the removal out over multiple sessions as to not overdue the amount of energy being absorbed by the skin. Most tattoos can be removed within three to nine sessions. Larger tattoos tend to require more sessions at Dr. Paine’s Beckley practice than a smaller tattoo will.
The Color of the Tattoo
Contrary to what you might expect, darker colors are typically easier to remove than lighter colors. Each color responds best to a specific wavelength of light. For the most part, black and grey tattoos tend to be the easiest to remove. Reds and yellows have generally been the hardest colors to remove.
The Location of the Tattoo
Tattoos located on a more sensitive area tend to be more painful to remove. This includes the
the neck, chest, rib cage, or foot and ankle. Our certified technician may choose to reduce the amount of laser energy used to help make your treatment more bearable. While not as painful, this can lengthen the process and add to the number of sessions you will need.
The Type of Ink Used to Perform the Tattoo
Along with the type of ink used, the amount of ink also has an affect on the outcome of your laser treatment. The more ink used, the more difficult it will be to completely remove the tattoo. It is worth noting that we seem to have gotten smarter over the years—inks are now designed to be more easily removed.
The Age of Your Tattoo
The longer you have had your tattoo, the more likely it is to be embedded into the skin. While older tattoos can usually be removed, they do require stronger energy levels and a higher number of sessions.
As you can see, the success of laser tattoo removal is tied to a number of factors. The best way to know for sure just how effective laser tattoo removal will be for you is by meeting with an experienced physician like Dr. Paine.