We can remove tattoos from any part of the body, but the process is a little faster when the tattoos are located closer to your body’s center (heart and torso). The fragmented pigment is removed by the bloodstream, and therefore this process happens faster where you have the best circulation.So, those areas nearest your heart, such as the chest, abs, and back will see faster results with fewer treatments. The various extremities such as hands, arms, feet and legs, tend to require more treatments because those areas have less circulation.
Studies of various tattoo pigments have shown that a number of pigments (most containing iron oxide or titanium dioxide) change color when irradiated with Q-switched laser energy. Some tattoo colors including flesh tones, light red, white, peach and light brown containing pigments as well as some green and blue tattoo pigments, changed to black when irradiated with Q-switched laser pulses. The resulting gray-black color may require more treatments to remove. If tattoo darkening does occur, after 8 weeks the newly darkened tattoo can be treated as if it were black pigment.
“It works! Awesome staff and spotless clean facility with parking lot. Like most, I had my consultation and then began my first treatment the same day. They allowed me to roll that first treatment in to a discounted purchase of 6 treatments up front. Keep in mind every tattoo is different. I understand this now that mine is fading and I can see where the heavy hand put more ink in than other areas. I am pleased with the results though I am not sure I will recognize myself once it is fully removed :-)”
Your next consideration should be where you want your tattoo. Is it something you want to show off, easily conceal or reveal, or a more personal project that only you will see? Your body will be your canvas, so it’s important to choose a portion of your anatomy appropriate to your art. Back pieces are exceptionally well suited to larger concepts, which you may want to expand at some future date. If you just want to start small, the bicep or the forearm are ideal for more contained show pieces, discrete emblems that can be worked into “sleeves”—either half or full—at a later time.
An important note to consider, whether you’re just getting your first tattoo or are a veteran of the process, is your nervous system. Anywhere that the skin is thin—feet, hands, or clavicle—you will experience enhanced sensitivity. Concomitantly, in places where an abundance of nerves run close to the surface—upper inner arm, back of the knee, hip and groin area, and lower back—tattooing will be more painful.
“I have been going to Eraser Clinic to remove a large black and red tribal tattoo from my arm. The staff are all really nice and professional and they are precise with their work. My tattoo has been very fading nicely and evenly with every visit and no issues at all with skin texture or pigmentation changes. I have recommended them to several of my friends looking for tattoo removal in Dallas and I am glad I found this place.”
Tattoos are regarded as a deep type of pigmented lesion. Dermasurgeons in Washington, DC can remove the tattoo ink particles in the same manner as they take out the pigment in a mole or brown birthmark. The same lasers that target pigment in the skin also can reduce the tattoo particles to much tinier pieces that the body can eliminate or hide. Because color is related to absorption of light energy, different lasers are used to remove different-colored pigments. Tattoos of the same color may also react differently because tattoo pigments may have different chemical compositions.
4. All ink can be taken out. Contrary to the old belief that light, colored ink was hard to remove, Dr. Adams assured me that all hues will now disappear. (FYI: The previous explanation was that, similar to laser hair removal, the laser would solely be attracted toward dark colors, like black.) With PicoSure technology, he says you can even get out yellows and greens, which were previously the most stubborn.
Enlighten features extremely short and high-power picosecond laser pulses which break down the ink particles in tattoos. A ‘picosecond’ is one-trillionth of second, and is 1,000 times shorter than the ‘nanosecond’ pulses used in existing lasers for tattoo removal. Picosecond laser pulses have been shown to remove tattoos more completely and in fewer treatment sessions than traditional laser treatments. The Enlighten laser is a safe and effective treatment option for all skin types.
The Kirby-Desai Scale assigns numerical values to six parameters: skin type, location, color, amount of ink, scarring or tissue change, and layering. Parameter scores are then added to yield a combined score that will show the estimated number of treatments needed for successful tattoo removal. Experts recommend that the Kirby-Desai scale be used by all laser practitioners prior to starting tattoo removal treatment to help determine the number of treatments required for tattoo removal and as a predictor of the success of the laser tattoo removal treatments. Prior to 2009, clinicians had no scientific basis by which to estimate the number of treatments needed to remove a tattoo and the use of this scale is now standard practice in laser tattoo removal.
Those with medium to fair skin tones are best candidates.Tattoos with dark, shallow laid ink are easiest to treat.Areas closest to your heart resolve and heal the fastest.Each individual pigment is comprised of a different kind of metal and will react differently to the laser.Professional tattoo inks that do not have titanium dioxide or iron oxide are easier to treat.Tattoos performed by amateur sources are the hardest to resolve.Typically, the older the tattoo, the more sessions it could take to resolve.Those with immune system deficiencies heal the slowest, so more treatments will almost absolutely be needed.Those who smoke will also need more treatments to rid of the tattoo.White ink cannot be treated.Yellow ink may never fully resolve.Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding will not be treated for tattoo removal.The easiest colors to remove thoroughly are black, dark blue, gray and green. Colors such as light blue, purple, aqua, pink, brown, orange and yellow may never fully fade away.
One small Greek study showed that the R20 method—four passes with the laser, twenty minutes apart—caused more breaking up of the ink than the conventional method without more scarring or adverse effects. However, this study was performed on a very small patient population (12 patients total), using the weakest of the QS lasers, the 755 nm Alexandrite laser. One of the other main problems with this study was the fact that more than half of the 18 tattoos removed were not professional and amateur tattoos are always easier to remove. Proof of concept studies are underway, but many laser experts advise against the R20 method using the more modern and powerful tattoo removal lasers available at most offices as an increase in adverse side effects including scarring and dischromia is likely. Patients should inquire about the laser being used if the R20 treatment method is offered by a facility as it is usually only offered by clinics that are using the weak 755 nm Alexandrite as opposed to the more powerful and versatile devices that are more commonly used. Moreover, dermatologists offering the R20 method should inform patients that it just one alternative to proven protocols and is not a gold standard treatment method to remove tattoos.
The "standard modality for tattoo removal" is the non-invasive removal of tattoo pigments using Q-switched lasers. Different types of Q-switched lasers are used to target different colors of tattoo ink depending on the specific light absorption spectra of the tattoo pigments. Typically, black and other darker-colored inks can be removed completely using Q-switched lasers while lighter colors such as yellows and greens are still very difficult to remove. Success can depend on a wide variety of factors including skin color, ink color, and the depth at which the ink was applied.
Don’t expect to get a huge tattoo, or series of them, in just one sitting. They just take too long. Gualteros has some clients who fly in from overseas, and who then spend a few solid days getting big-scale tattoos completed. But that’s a special case. “Usually it’ll happen over more time,” he says. “It could take months, it could take years. Usually, you leave 3-4 weeks between appointments and a sleeve can require anywhere from 8-10 sessions.”
Geometric tattoos are probably one of the most trending designs from the last couple of years. They look great, are timeless and not too expensive. Above is an example of a silver and black one on the forearm, which is a very popular spot for people to get tattoos now that they’re more socially acceptable and not necessarily restricted to areas that you need to cover up anymore.