Tattoo Removal FAQ
How many treatments are required to remove a tattoo?
Just like the individual, each tattoo is different. There is no service out there that can absolutely guarantee 100%, or give you an exact time-frame without first seeing the tattoo. Veritas Medi Spa uses the most advanced technology available to achieve the highest success rates for full tattoo removal.
Does my skin tone play a factor in removing my tattoo?
Skin color is classified into six different types, ranging from lightest (Type I) to darkest (Type VI). Those with Skin type I, II and lighter skin type III are the best candidates for laser tattoo removal, because they are least likely to experience skin color changes following their treatment sessions.
Patients with darker skin types are more likely to experience skin discoloration, referred to as dischromia. This can increase the number of necessary treatments since it is necessary to take additional care throughout the laser treatment process.
The most common skin discoloration associated with laser tattoo removal is called hyperpigmentation, a darkening of the skin. Hyperpigmentation is almost always a temporary process, and will return to normal in time.
Hypopigmentation, a lightening of the skin color that occurs in darker skin types, can manifest from the removal of deeper, denser inks.
Veritas Medi Spa understands that each patient’s skin type is an important factor in ink removal from the skin’s tissue. Because different skin tones react differently to various inks, there is no universal approach to tattoo removal.
Does it matter how old the tattoo is?
Older tattoos can generally be removed with fewer treatments than newer tattoos. This does not mean that there will be different levels of success between new and old tattoos. It simply means that the newer the tattoo the more likely it is that more treatments may be necessary.
Does it matter where the tattoo is located?
Areas of the body with less circulation will often take more time to see the results, due to the fact that tattoo removal relies on the body to flush away the shattered particles of ink. These areas include the nose, ears, toes and fingers.
What factors to colors and inks play in tattoo removal?
Black and red tattoos are the easiest to remove, with orange, pink, brown, purple, yellow and other lighter shades being more difficult. The most difficult colors to remove are teal or turquoise, light blue and light green. The more difficult the color is to remove, the more treatments are required. Shading effects in tattoos that are used for highlighting are more easily removed. It is important to understand that there are 100 types of tattoo inks used, and none of them are regulated. The lack of standardization of tattoo inks it makes it difficult to predict the degree of any tattoo removal.