Getting the Most out of Your Laser Tattoo Removal Treatment

Getting the Most out of Your Laser Tattoo Removal Treatment

Laser tattoo removal relies on your immune system to clear away the ink. More specifically, it relies on your white blood cells to do the clearing up job. I use a powerful Active Q-switched Nd:YAG laser which delivers the energy in nanoseconds. This shatters the ink into tiny particles so that your white blood cells can come along and get rid of the ink. So, the better a person’s immune system and the more aggressive a person’s white blood cells, the more successful a laser tattoo removal treatment will be.

Smoking is the single biggest barrier to successful tattoo removal. It has been estimated that it can slow the process by up to 70%, according to an article published by the University of Florida. The number one thing therefore that you can do to help speed up your laser tattoo removal is to avoid cigarettes.

The research was conducted at a laser-surgery centre in Milan, Italy, from 1995 through 2010. There were 352 people in the study, of which 201 were men, with a median age of 30 years old. The study, published in the Archives of Dermatology, found that almost 50 percent of people had their tattoos successfully removed after 10 laser treatments. The total percentage of people whose tattoos were successfully removed jumped to 75 percent after 15 treatments.

Location also affects the speed at which it’s possible to remove a tattoo with laser treatment. The further away from the heart a tattoo is located (e.g. ankle), the longer it takes for that tattoo to fade. The researchers also found that the amount of time between treatment sessions was important to the technique’s success. Treatment intervals of eight weeks or less were found to be less effective for tattoo removal. So, the 5 things you can do to help your laser tattoo removal are all centred around boosting your immune system:

1. Avoid cigarettes
2. Get 8 hours sleep a night (and keep to a regular sleep pattern)
3. Eat well – aim to eat a balanced diet
4. Take a good supplement (if you feel you can’t commit to having your 5 portions of fruit and veg per day)
5. Commit to treatment

Point 5 may come as a surprise to you, but committing to treatment and accepting that you’re in this for the long haul, can be the difference between successfully removing the tattoo or not. Because laser tattoo removal involves a gradual fading process, clients can sometimes feel like giving up. But keeping to your appointment schedule and not allowing large time gaps to lapse is all part and parcel for successful laser tattoo removal within the least time possible.

All consultations, test patches and advice are completely free. You can book an appointment via email and if you send a picture and what you want as an end result I can also give you a rough quote. Check out my FAQ’s for more information.