5 Surprising Factors in Tattoo Removal
Removing tattoos isn’t as straightforward as erasing a pencil drawing. The variables introduced by the human body influence the removal process in all kinds of ways.
Some of the factors that impact the number of laser treatments necessary to remove a tattoo are more obvious than others. Ink depth, density, and color, as well as skin type are a few factors you may figure would influence the process.
With any art, there are two players in the removal process — the eraser and the canvas. When using the best, most state-of-the art laser (the Quanta Q Plus) that means that the health of the canvas usually determines how successful the removal is. Generally speaking, healthier bodies see better results because the body processes the shattered ink and heals faster.
With that said, here are five of the least known factors that can affect and even prolong the tattoo removal process.
Location Since your body is attempting to reabsorb and flush out the ink that the laser fragments, your blood flow plays a large role. Tattoos located closer to the heart where the blood flow is strongest fade quicker than those farther away. Because of this, the hands and feet can be especially troublesome.
Nicotine Use Nicotine inhibits the immune system and studies have shown that being a smoker can increase the number of treatments required for a successful removal by up to 70%. How many reasons do you need to quit?
Physical Activity As mentioned earlier, a healthy lifestyle that includes physical activity helps the body’s blood flow, immune system, and simply operate at a high level. A physically fit person will typically have a shorter tattoo removal process.
Ink Type Tattoo inks aren’t regulated and most people don’t know the chemical makeup of their embedded ink, let alone what to even call what was used on them. Some ink types are easier to remove than others. Regardless of whether you plan to have the tattoo forever, if you’re getting tatted up, it’s worth asking what type of ink they use so you can have that knowledge for anything that arises in the future.
Age of Ink Fresh ink that hasn’t had time to set in will often respond better to laser tattoo removal than older tattoos – so the longer you delay having it removed, the more you’ll end up paying to have it removed.