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Factors Determining Tattoo Removal Success

The ultimate goal for both laser tattoo removal professionals and clients, should be a shared interest of maximum results with minimal treatments. However, tattoo removal is not always easy. As much as laser manufacturers and certain laser tattoo removal clinics would like us to believe, there is no magic wand or magic laser that can fully remove all tattoos in a predetermined number of treatments. The level of success varies from person to person and from tattoo to tattoo.

With this in mind, there are a number of factors that determine how many treatments will be needed and the level of success one might experience. Age of tattoo, ink density, color and even where the tattoo is located on the body, all play an important role in how many treatments will be needed for complete removal. However, a rarely recognized factor of tattoo removal is the role of the client’s immune response. The normal process of tattoo removal is fragmentation followed by phagocytosis which is then drained away via the lymphatics. Consequently, it’s the inflammation resulting from the actual laser treatment and the natural stimulation of the hosts’s immune response that ultimately results in removal of tattoo ink; thus variations in results are enormous.

Since we have no control over one’s immune system, it’s nearly impossible to estimate with 100% accuracy how many treatments will be needed for complete removal. Combined with other variables (ink density, age of tattoo, color, etc), to say with any level of confidence that a tattoo will be 100% gone after a certain number of treatments may be misleading to the client.

If you’d like to decrease the total number of treatments needed and increase the likely hood of a successful removal, our recommendation is as follows: 1) Seek a highly experienced laser professional who has a proven track record of results and make sure the results that are presented to you are actual treatments he or she has completed themselves, not before and after photos that were provided to them from the laser manufacturer 2) Make sure the laser or technology they are operating is among the best available, and 3) Try to live a healthy lifestyle. The client’s immune system plays a very important role in tattoo removal and generally, healthier people tend to move ink quicker than those who aren’t.

Authored by: Dustin Nelson, Owner of Fallen Ink Tattoo Removal

Works Cited:

“Optimizing Laser Tattoo Removal.” . 2015 Jan-Mar; 8(1): 16–24.

Minneapolis Tattoo Convention


Tattoo Removal at the Minneapolis Tattoo Convention

Fallen Ink Tattoo Removal is proud to be attending the 8th annual Minneapolis Tattoo Arts Convention January 13th – 15th, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis! If you’ve never been, you need to. Some of the best tattoo artists around the world will be attending this convention and it’s the perfect excuse to escape the old man winter for a day or weekend.

This year Fallen Ink will be providing laser tattoo removal services at the convention. That’s right, we’re loading our laser up and bringing it to the convention! We will be offering exclusive convention pricing for tattoo removal treatments and will also have a special gift card promotion taking place.

If you’ve ever thought about removing and/or fading a tattoo for a cover up, stop by our booth and say hi. We will be offering free consultations all weekend and will be more than happy to answer any questions you have.

How Tattoos Are Removed

There are many misconceptions on how laser tattoo removal works. The most common misconception is the belief that the tattoo ink is actually burned out of the skin. While all lasers generate a certain level of heat, this belief couldn’t be any further than the truth.

When faced with the question of how tattoos are removed, there are many factors that play a role in how quickly the tattoo will fade, but the fundamentals of how the ink is broken down and absorbed by the body remains the same.

In its most simplest form, laser tattoo removal works by:
1) Turning the liquid ink into a solid
2) Shattering the ink into tiny particles
3) Overtime the body’s natural lymphatic system digests the tiny ink particles and rids it of the body

Below is a simplistic visual of how laser tattoo removal works. If done correctly, laser tattoo removal will not burn or scar.

If you have a tattoo that you’ve been thinking about removing and you live in or near Minnesota, call Fallen Ink Laser Tattoo Removal today to schedule your FREE consultation 651.204.9232

Tattoo Cover Up and Laser Tattoo Removal

Some things in life just go hand in hand – peanut butter and jelly, hot dogs at a baseball game, beer on ice…the list goes on and on.

If you’re a recipient of a poor quality tattoo, a tattoo that lost its meaning or maybe you just want to make room for some new ink; whatever your reason(s), when it comes to tattoo cover ups, your best option is to have a few laser treatments completed on the tattoo first before starting your cover up.

That’s right, laser tattoo removal is the peanut butter to the jelly and the rock to the roll when considering a cover up.

So why should you get laser treatments before starting your cover up? It’s simple really, most tattoos can be faded significantly in as little as 3 to 4 treatments and the payoff is worth the reward. By fading the tattoo first, you’re left with a much more desirable and usable canvas for the tattoo artist to work with. Often times, a few laser treatments can be the difference between settling for something, or getting exactly what you want.

Here at Fallen Ink Laser Tattoo Removal in Minneapolis – St. Paul, MN – we work with a ton of great local tattoo artists that send clients our way for the reasons listed above. The end result has been nothing short than awesome. The tattoo artist is way more excited to be working on area that allows more options and creative freedom and the client is happier because at the end of the day they are getting a better product.

So don’t settle for a sub-par cover up. Even if your tattoo artist is awesome, do him/her a favor and make their job easier by fading your old tattoo first with a few laser treatments. Speaking from experience, the reward is worth the wait.

Fallen Ink is Minnesota’s Trusted Laser Tattoo Removal Clinic! Schedule your free consultation today by calling 651.204.9232.


Cigarette Smoke and Alcohol on Tattoo Removal

One of the most frequent questions we get at Fallen Ink Laser Tattoo Removal in Minnesota is “What can I do to help speed-up the removal process?” While there are a number of factors that come into play on how quickly your tattoo will be removed, one of the most important factors is controlled 100% by you – the client!

That’s right, living a healthy lifestyle is the #1 best thing you can do to help speed-up the process of your tattoo removal – and “yes”, this refers to smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol.

A recent study performed by JAMA Dermatology concluded that smoking cigarettes can reduce your chances of successfully removing your tattoos in 10 or fewer treatments by more than 70%. This really comes as no surprise considering smoking can greatly reduce blood flow near the dermis and epidermis at times of healing. With decreased blood flow, comes decreased chances that the body will be able to carry away the shattered ink particles in a timely fashion – ultimately resulting in increased treatments and more dollars spent.

In addition to smoking, drinking excess amounts of alcohol can prohibit the liver and kidneys’ ability to properly flush out the broken down ink particles as they should.

So, if you have a tattoo that you’d like to remove and would like to save as much time and money as possible, take this little tid-bit as yet another reason to quit smoking and start living a healthier lifestyle!

Located in St. Paul, MN – Fallen Ink is a trusted laser tattoo removal clinic serving the entire Twin Cities Metro and its surrounding suburbs. Give us a call today to schedule your free consultation 651.204.9232

Tattoo Removal – Time is Your Friend

So you’ve made the decision to remove an unwanted tattoo. Maybe it’s been a long time coming, maybe not. Either way, you’re not alone. More and more people are seeking laser tattoo removal as a way to reclaim their skin.

Many of our clients are eager to get started erasing their ink and are excited to start a new chapter in their lives.  As the leading laser tattoo removal clinic in Minneapolis, MN – Fallen Ink Laser Tattoo Removal utilizes state-of-the-art lasers to safely and efficiently remove tattoos of all colors. However, if you’re reading this post, you should know that tattoo removal is a process that takes time and patience.

On average, Fallen Ink is able to successfully remove tattoos in 5 to 10 treatments. Homemade tattoos tend to move quicker and are usually removed in 2 to 4 treatments.

In the early stages of tattoo removal, treatments are spaced 4 weeks aparts. As the ink starts to breakdown and lighten, we start to space treatments anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks apart to give your body ample time to process the ink and heal with the increased settings. Although the top layers of the skin may appear healed, the deeper skin tissue is still regenerating and remodeling its cells. Giving the body necessary time to heal delivers best results.

At Fallen Ink Laser Tattoo Removal we always strive for complete removal in as little treatments as necessary. To schedule your free laser tattoo removal consultation, please give us a call at 651.204.9232.

Top 5 Reasons for Removing Tattoos


There are as many reasons to get a tattoo, as there are to have one removed. At Fallen Ink Laser Tattoo Removal, we have the privilege to see some pretty unique tattoos (good and bad) that people have decided to part with. Although we never ask our clients “why” they’re getting their tattoo removed, many willingly share with us their stories and reasons.

Below is a list of our top 5 reasons people are getting tattoos removed:


1. Recent Break-up

Many people ignore the “Golden Rule” in tattoos – never get a tattoo of your significant other’s name and never get a tattoo that is meant to symbolize your love for your significant other. Although the thought and meaning behind the tattoo is admirable, in the words of Nazareth “Love Hurts” and can often times go sour. When the relationship does go sour and a break-up is the result, people want to get the tattoo moved as soon as possible.


2. Change in Interests

Tattoos are a great way to express someone’s personality and interests. However, as people undergo changes in life, so do their interests. All of a sudden that tribute to your favorite rock band becomes less relevant and more of a nuisance.


3. Maturity

Oh, to be young and dumb again…one of the more popular reasons people get tattoos removed. Pretty straight forward here, when we’re young we don’t necessarily think things through all the way and make more spur of the moment decisions. YOLO!


4. Career

Despite the fact that tattoos have become more mainstream these days, more and more people are having tattoos removed to help their chances in getting a better job or career started. Even the US Military recently tightened their tattoo policies.


5. Poor Quality

Not all tattoo artists are created equal. Some have more experience than others, some are more creative than others and some specialize in certain styles (ie. Japanese, New School, Realism, etc.). When someone doesn’t do their homework, they often times are left with a poor quality tattoo.  Believe me, I can speak from experience. Not only do I see this on a regular basis, I’m a victim myself. A made a spur of the moment decision – not to mention a poor choice of a tattoo – from an artist I did absolutely zero research on. End result? I invested a good sum of money to get laser treatments and a new tattoo! Do your homework.


If you’re a victim of any of the above reasons to have a tattoo removed and live in or around Minneapolis, MN call Fallen Ink Laser Tattoo Removal to schedule your free consultation today 651.204.9232

10 Most Tattooed Cities in America

10 Most Tattooed Cities in America

Have you ever wondered what the most tattoo friendly cities in America are? Well, to get a clear idea of which cities make the top 10 list, just take a look at which cities have the most tattoo shops per capita. completed a study that did just that and although it may come as no surprise to see places like Los Angeles, CA (#10), Portland, OR (#5) and Miami, FL (#1) on the list, it is a bit surprising to see Honolulu, HI (#8) and Kansas City, MO (#9) make the cut.

Although Minneapolis, MN didn’t make the top 10 list, The Twin Cities has a strong tattoo community that seems to be growing year after year!

To see the complete list of the top 10 Most Tattooed Cities in America – click here

PicoSure vs Quanta Q-Plus C Tattoo Removal

There’s been a lot of hype lately about the new PicoSure laser tattoo removal technology and its claims of being able to remove tattoos quicker than Q Switched technology. Here’s the facts, we (Fallen Ink Laser Tattoo Removal) researched and deliberated in great detail about which laser to invest in (the PicoSure or the Quanta Q-Plus C) and at the end of the day we decided there was no comparison – the Quanta Q-Plus C was the clear choice…here’s why:


Ink Pigment Sits in Different Depths in the Skin:

Different color ink settles in different depths of the skin. Black ink settles the deepest in the skin, Blues/Greens settle mid skin and Reds/Oranges settle at the surface of the skin. In order to successfully treat different ink colors, you need different wavelengths to properly target each color and its depth within the skin.


You Can’t Change Physics:

In the world of tattoo removal, the two most important factors a wavelength has is 1) how deep the wavelength penetrates the skin and 2) what color(s) does the wavelength target.

When taking into account where ink colors reside within the skin, research has proven the best wavelength to successfully target dark pigment (Black, Dark Blues, etc.) is the ND:Yag 1064. The best wavelength to target the difficult Blue and Green colors is the Ruby 694 and the only wavelength to target Red is the KTP 532.


PicoSure and Quanta Q-Plus C Wavelengths:

The Quanta Q-Plus C is the only FDA approved laser on the market that offers three true wavelengths (1064, 694 and 532). Therefore, it is the only laser that can successfully remove a full spectrum of color – period.

The PicoSure laser only offers one wavelength (755). The 755 wavelength was one of the first wavelengths used in tattoo removal and has two main pitfalls – 1) it does not target specific ink colors and 2) it passes right by red ink and can stop short of deep black colors. The PicoSure does have positive results in fading or removing tattoos, but its wavelength inhibits it from hitting exactly where it should in the skin to have ideal responses for complete removal. Also, the PicoSure can not remove red inks – period.


PicoSure Marketing Rhetoric:

Just like any new product to hit the market, the company is faced with the challenge to make ripples or waves in its marketing efforts to position the product as the “latest” and “greatest” technology.

PicoSure has made two main claims in their marketing that lead us to further explore the possibility of investing in one of their machines: 1) The area will heal more quickly with less damage to the surrounding tissue and 2) tattoos can be removed more quickly than Q-Switched technology. After completing our research, it’s our opinion that the PicoSure claims were made based off of inferior Q-Switch technologies to that of the Quanta Q-Plus C laser and is really nothing more than marketing rhetoric. The Quanta Q-Plus C laser also removes tattoos quicker than other Q-Switched lasers and the healing time is the fastest on the market…which by the way, has more to do with technique then anything.

A matter of fact, a recent study by the Journal of Laser and Health Academy concluded:

“[T]he published literature and our preliminary results seem to indicate that current “picosecond” lasers are not expected to have a significantly better tattoo clearance effect in comparison with the “gold standard” Q-switched nanosecond tattoo lasers. … It is our opinion that top-of-the-line Q-switched nanosecond lasers will remain the devices of choice for tattoo removal.”


Laser Tattoo Removal Cost

With tattoos being such a mainstream commodity these days, tattoo regret is on the climb. What seemed to be a good idea when you were 18 years old, turned out not to be as timeless as you originally thought.

The good news is that tattoos are not permanent and with advances in laser technology, tattoo removal cost are more affordable than ever. Don’t get me wrong, laser tattoo removal is still an investment. However, there are a number of factors that contribute to the cost of laser tattoo removal and the following post is dedicated to helping you better understand tattoo removal cost. Read More…