7 Factors That Determine Tattoo Removal Success

Tattoo removal is booming. We don’t say that just in regard to the business as a whole, but the number of American removing their tattoos has skyrocketed since Delete — Tattoo Removal and Laser Salon opened in 2010. A recent survey from Syneron Candela, posted in the Cosmetic Surgery Times, says over 82% of those who have had a tattoo removed are more likely to have another tattoo done, and of those surveyed, 81% of that group said they do this because if they don’t like it, they can easily have it removed.

This just proves how non-permanent a tattoo has become. Laser tattoo removal is no longer a taboo topic. Delete sees tattoo artists, fanatics, and patients just looking to make some extra room for a new piece of art. Removing tattoos has become so easy, painless, and comfortable that it’s similar to walking into a tattoo shop and branding yourself with another slice of your personality.

We recognize this shift in tattoo removal mentality and love how many of our patients have been able to reinvent themselves time and time again. With that said, there are some pieces of the tattoo removal process patients and tattoo enthusiasts alike should know. There are several factors that go into successfully removing a tattoo(s). See which factors might affect your tattoo removal below.

  • Tattoo Age – It may surprise you but it’s easier to remove an older tattoo has ink tends to fade over the course of your life. The newer the tattoo, the longer it might take. There’s always a waiting period after you’ve received a new piece of ink, typically lasting between 6-8 weeks so your skin can heal. It’s about the same amount of time in between tattoo removal sessions.
  • Color of Ink – There are so many tattoos in the world that utilize a variety of colors to signify different aspects of a tattoo. Blues and blacks are typically easier to remove as our PicoWay Laser sees these colors similarly and your body is able to break it up in the same manner. As for the rest of the rainbow, well, these colors can be more difficult to remove, however, our Doctors are able to pinpoint selected wavelengths that target different pigments and help break up the ink. 
  • Depth of the Ink – Some tattoo artists use a heavy hand when tattooing a client. This can cause ink to seep into the epidermis more deeply than normal. The same goes in regard to an amatuer artist; The difference here though is an amateur may use less ink than a more experienced artist. When you go in for a tattoo, we suggest asking your artist about the depth of the ink and understanding a little more of the science behind it all.
  • Skin Tone – Darker skin tones can be more difficult to treat due to the skin absorbing more of the energy from the laser as opposed to the ink particles. The benefit in using our PicoWay laser however, lies in the fact we’re fully capable of treating darker skin tone and our doctors treat each patient’s skin accordingly.
  • Location of Tattoo – If your tattoo is located on a part of your body with limited vascular tissue (like hands and feet) it could take a longer amount of time for the tattoo to fade. On the opposite spectrum, if your tattoo is located on a part of your body that contains more vascular tissue, the tattoo will be easier to heal.
  • Tattoo Scars – While some tattoo artists deny having a tattoo done causes any scarring, we beg to differ. Not all tattoos cause scarring, but depending on how deeply the tattoo needle went in and how your body healed from the tattoo, can cause a scar. Later down the road if that’s that tattoo you want removed, deleting the ink from a scar covered by by a tattoo can be difficult.
    How can you check for scars under your tattoo? Take your pointer finger and ring finger and move along the lines of the tattoo, if you feel a consistent bump or raise in any area, it’s likely to be a scar. No need to worry in the case of a scar however, Delete has a system to combat scarring.
  • Cover-ups – Before the dawn of safe laser tattoo removal, many tattoo fanatics would simply go into their favorite shop and have a cover-up done. The only downside is at times those cover-ups may have simply resulted in the extreme layering of ink, “blacking out” an old tattoo, or even not using enough ink to fully cover up the original tattoo. Many of our tattoo partner shops suggest lightening your tattoo before coming in for a cover-up. It’s safer for your skin and will make your new piece look that much better.

At Delete — Tattoo Removal and Laser Salon, protecting your skin and providing the best results possible is our #1 priority. Removing a tattoo is an extremely personal decision; one you have likely wrestled with for years. At Delete, our team of dedicated physicians and staff will guide you through the process with care and attentiveness at all times! Join the 82% of America in the reinvention of yourself and become the best you possible. Learn more about our PicoWay tattoo removal system here and schedule your consultation with Dr. Mundt or Dr. Chung today.


Happy Deleting!



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