How Laser Tattoo Removal Works | Fallen Ink Tattoo Removal

How Laser Tattoo Removal Works

Laser tattoo removal works by passing short pulses of laser wavelengths harmlessly through the top layers of skin and concentrated on certain areas of the tattoo. These wavelengths are selectively absorbed by the tattoo pigment, and fragmented into smaller particles that are easily removed by the body’s natural lymphatic system overtime.

There’s been a great amount of research conducted to determine which wavelengths of light to use and how to deliver the laser’s optimal output to best remove tattoo ink of different colors. Here at Fallen Ink Tattoo Removal, we put this research to practice everyday and operate the most advanced pico laser technology available for tattoo removal.

Watch this short video to see how laser tattoo removal works!

Factors in Laser Tattoo Removal

There are many factors that come into play when determining how many treatments a tattoo will need for complete removal. Below are just a few:

Ink Colors

Different colors of ink absorb different laser wavelengths and sound. Black and red ink have a high absorption of light and sound and therefore tend to be easier to remove than other colors. Blue and green tend to be a bit more stubborn because their absorption properties are very specific.

Body Location

The location of the tattoo affects how quickly your body is able to remove treated ink particles.  Generally speaking, the closer a tattoo is to your major lymphatic system – the more blood circulation you have – the less treatments are needed. Some of the more stubborn areas to remove tattoos from are fingers, toes and ankles.

Ink Density

Ink density is best explained by how dark a tattoo is. Some styles of tattoos (tribal) contain a large amount of ink particles and are very dense, while other styles (shading) has considerably less ink particles. The more ink that is present, the more treatments are required to effectively treat and remove the tattoo.

Age of Tattoo

The older the tattoo is,  the easier it is to remove. The ink quality of newer (professional) tattoos have become considerably better and more durable than older tattoo ink. Additionally, tattoo ink begins to crystallize with time and tend to shatter much easier when treated with a laser.

Tips for Faster Tattoo Removal

Far too often, people forget that their own immune system plays a huge role in how quickly and effectively a tattoo is removed. People who live a healthier lifestyle, tend to move ink quicker than those who don’t. Below are a few tips to ensure a safe and speedy tattoo removal.

  • Drink water…a lot of water (six 8oz glasses of water per day)
  • Try to exercise on a regular
  • Stop or reduce smoking tobacco as this can decrease your blood circulation and increase the amount of time it takes to successfully remove a tattoo
  • In the summer months, don’t forget your SPF…preferably a zinc based SPF 25 or higher