When patients consider tattoo removal, they mostly consider the issue with regards to their own unique situation – can my tattoo be remove? Thankfully, with today’s technology, most tattoos can be removed completely. This article will discuss what tattoos can be removed easily, those that are more difficult to remove, and those that are very difficult or unlikely to be removed.
Tattoo removal patients seeking to remove tattoos have an opportunity that simply wasn’t available 10 years ago. Modern Q-Switched Nd:YAG tattoo removal lasers use incredibly short bursts of energy to break up the ink in a tattoo. The wavelengths of light are either absorbed by the tattoo or through their intensity and short duration are able to shatter the pigment particles. Some colors respond more easily to the wavelengths of light generated by the laser.
The 1064nm wavelength is very effective is breaking up darker ink – black, brown, purple, dark blue, etc. The 532nm wavelength is used for lighter colors – red, orange, green, yellow, etc. Combining these two wavelengths within the same session allows the large tattoo removal clinic in Dallas to successfully remove most tattoo.
However, some tattoos have coloration that make them much more difficult to remove. Specifically, patients with light green or blue/green (also called teal or turquoise) tattoos sometimes face an uphill battle in getting their tattoo faded as much as they’d like. No matter what laser is used, if certain colors are present in the tattoo, only 50-70% of the ink may be able to be removed. For some patients with only a small amount of this color in their tattoo, this is a great result. But for patients with significant amounts of blue/green ink, they may be unsatisfied with the results and they deserve an honest appraisal from the tattoo removal clinic before they begin their treatment.
Some tattoos are almost impossible to remove, but thankfully these are rare. tattoos with white ink often cause difficulty because of the metallic nature of the ink, and because the laser is reflected off of the tattoo instead of absorbed by the pigment. Glow-in-the-dark tattoos for similar reasons cause difficult in removal.
Some tattoos are extremely dark, and have a great deal of pigment in them. They may be cover ups of previous tattoos, or a tribal tattoo that is very rich in ink. These tattoos can often be removed completely if the colors are right, but they may need a great number of sessions – perhaps as many at 10-15.