7 Factors Determining the Success of a Tattoo Removal

No matter you are having a fight with your boyfriend or attending a job interview next week, you are here because you are seriously thinking about removing your tattoo. Previously we have posted an article on Learning About the Methods of Tattoo Removal, and it comes to no doubt that all methods contain certain degrees of failure risks. Bear in mind that “test fast, fail fast, adjust fast” does not absolutely apply to tattoo removals. If you are really scared of having a far less than ideal result like the below one, it is a must that you understand the below 7 Factors Determining the Success of a Tattoo Removal.


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If done incorrectly, a permanent scar can offer after an unsuccessful tattoo removal process


1. Immune System

A perfect health can cure all kinds of disease. You may be surprised that your own immune system is actually a determining factor of a successful tattoo removal. All health habits including drinking enough water, having enough sleep, maintaining a healthy weight, doing enough exercises, eating healthily, etc, can help you attain a good result by boosting your immune system. On the other hand, patients with immune systems problems such as AIDS, untreated hepatitis and cancer should avoid having a tattoo removal!

2. Skin Type

It is unfortunate that human beings are not designed to be equal when it comes to tattoo removal. Skin types will affect the results. Individuals with dark skin are less likely to have a successful tattoo removal in comparison with individuals with light skin. The reason is that hypo-pigmentation, which is the appearance of white spots, are more common to individuals with dark skin.


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Skin color plays a role in determining the success of a tattoo removal.


3. Location


We are not talking about whether you are having your tattoo removed in a shady tattoo studio or a pricey medical clinic, but instead the location of the tattoo on your body. You won’t expect a tattoo placed on your knees, ankle or even genitals to be easily removed. A general rule of thumb is that the less body fat the location has, the more difficult the tattoo is to be removed.

4. Ink Color

Bright colors such as orange, pink, yellow and other fluorescent inks provide you a large variety of tattooing options, but we have to tell you that these colors will be much harder to be treated and removed. The reason is that the correct wavelength of laser plays a critical factor for lighter colors. Dark colors such as black and red are normally easier to be removed than lighter colors like yellow, pink and fluorescent inks. One tip we would like to share – read more and think again before removing any white inked tattoo!

5. Ink

Good ink or bad ink does not matter too much when we print documents for our bosses, yet it is not the same when it comes to tattoo removal.  The amount, quality, and the depth of ink are all important factors to consider for a successful tat removal. The larger amount, poorer quality, or deeper the placement of the ink, the more complicated it is for a tattoo to be removed completely from your body.


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The amount, quality, and the depth of ink are important factors to consider for a successful tattoo removal.


6. Size

When it comes to size, many women would not mind having a bigger pair of breasts and men wouldn’t mind to having a larger … *cough* well I think we all know exactly which body part we would want to enlarge, right guys? This is however exactly the opposite case when it comes to tattoo removals. A larger ink on your body would not only require more tattoo removal sessions, but also the increase of pain as well as infection risks. Owning something big on the body is not always pleasant, especially when it comes to tattoo removal. So a general rule of thumb is that the bigger the tattoo, the more difficult it is to be removed completely.

7. Timing between treatments

It comes to no surprise that a complete removal of a tattoo can take up to several sessions because it would take time for the body to naturally absorb and remove the broken-down ink through cell regeneration.  At least a six weeks gap between treatments are often recommended by doctors. Even if you are nervous and impatient with the process, do not attempt to think about having treatments more frequently because the cruel fact is that this will not speed up the process and on the contrary may result in discoloration and many other side effects.


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