Skin Types and Tattoo Removal

by admin on March 9, 2009

As tattoos become more and more popular, the techniques for removing them are growing. Depending upon the complexity and location of the tattoo and your skin type, a tattoo can be removed with varying results.

There are several different methods available to remove tattoos. The three most common techniques are laser surgery (also known as Intense Pulsed Light therapy or IPL), excision and dermabrasion. Laser surgery is the most common and delivers the best results.

While results can be quite good, not all tattoos can be completely removed. Tattoos, after all, are meant to be permanent. Advances in ink quality have made tattoos brighter and more colorful and therefore more difficult to remove completely.

Clients with pale skin usually see the best results. Smaller, older tattoos that are located on the arms, chest, buttocks or legs are the easiest to remove. Newer tattoos or tattoos located on areas of the body with less fat are more difficult to remove.

On darker skin, a more cautious approach should be used. Multiple sessions may be necessary to minimize the risk of hyperpigmentation (excessive color) or hypopigmentation (excessive fading). If the ink color is too close to the natural skin color, total removal may not be possible.

Keloid scarring is also a possibility for darker-skinned patients. If your skin is prone to these types of scars, a patch test should be performed.

Simple tattoos can be removed in as few as two to four treatments. Complex tattoo removal requires a longer treatment schedule, often requiring as many as ten treatments over many months.
For best results, consult with a professional tattoo removal specialist.

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