Helena came to us with two flash cherry tattoos on her chest. Given the tattoos age, location, skin type, and lifestyle we originally thought the tattoo would take up to 8 tattoo removal treatments. Luckily we were able to remove her entire chest tattoo in 5 tattoo removal sessions.
Here is why…
Older tattoos are able to be removed faster than new tattoos because over time the body tries to breakdown the tattoo ink on its own. At first glance, this tattoo appears to be all black line work, but when taking a closer look you will notice slight green and red pigments left. These pigments faded over the tattoos life span of 17 years (luckily).
Helena is a Fitzpatrick skin type 5-6, which means that she has more melanin in her skin to protect her from the sun. Had the green and red pigments remained saturated and vibrant Helena may not have been able to remove her tattoo completely. Tattoo removal clients who are Fits 4-6 and have any color outside of black. Tattoo removal is a challenge to safely perform.
The particular wavelengths tattoo removal lasers produce makes red and greens a challenge. Red ink best responds to the 532 wavelengths, this wavelength is unable to yield safe results on darker skin types due to the melanin absorption. In short, if applied to skin with high melanin content, it will typically create hyper or hypopigmentation, which is the lightening or darkening of the skin. This condition can be permanent.
Green pigments respond best to a 755, 730, or 785 wavelengths. Much like the 532 wavelength, these wavelengths can cause pigmentation damage that is unsightly to someone desiring complete tattoo removal.
To give this client the best results possible, the Revlite SI was used at each treatment and utilized its 1064 wavelength. This wavelength is the safest to use on darker skin types and is most effective on black inks.
We also used the PicoSure for one treatment to clear up the very little green ink that was present. The results that we got with the Picosure are not typical and 95% of the time pico would not be used on a skin type 4+.
This removal was done in so few treatments largely in part to the age of ink, the health of the client, and placement of the tattoo. This individual leads a healthy lifestyle and follows The Finery Philadelphia guidelines to promote speedy removal. This involves daily exercise, high water intake, and abstaining from smoking and alcohol consumption.
Healthy life choices allow the body immune system to focus on the removal of broken down ink caused by the laser at a more efficient rate than a client who does not. The most important factor a client seeking full removal can do is abstain from sun exposure One hundred percent. This is especially true with a client who has a darker skin type. Even the slightest amount of sun exposure (including tanning beds, and self-tanners) can cause pigmentation damage and change. To get the best results possible, always follow The Finery Philadelphia aftercare and recommendations!
The Finery Philadelphia is located in Old City at 16 South 3rd Street between Market and Chestnut. The Finery provides full spectrum tattoo removal in Philadelphia. If you are looking for “tattoo removal near me” in Philadelphia. Follow the link to book a free consultation.