June 9, 2010

Paying Attention to Ink and Skin Color Is Key to Successful Tattoo Removal

When it comes to tattoo removal, not all ink colors can be treated alike. In general, black and dark blue inks tend to be the most responsive to laser removal treatments, while lighter inks--particularly yellow and green tones--are much more challenging to remove.

But skin color also influences how successfully a tattoo can be removed. Tattoos on darker skin types are generally less responsive to treatment.

These factors are why it's so important to receive treatment from a physician who's experienced using different kinds of Q-switched lasers (the high-intensity, ultra-short-pulse lasers that are most effective at removing tattoos). Not all lasers (or even laser wavelengths) work equally well on all ink or skin colors.

For example, some Q-switched lasers don't work at all at removing green or red inks. And not all are effective at removing tattoos from darker-hued skin.

Other factors--such as the type of ink used, the location of the tattoo, and whether or not the ink has "blurred" into the surrounding skin--must also be considered in deciding the treatment protocol for removing a tattoo. So be sure to ask your physician about all your treatment options. You want to make sure that the laser treatment used to remove your tattoo from your skin is the safest and most effective one available.