Knuckle tattoos have been incredibly popular in recent years. Most tattoo artists will not tattoo knuckles if the client isnt heavily tattooed already. We have found that the majority of clients who are interested in knuckle tattoo removal have tattoos on the hands and are either looking to lighten them for a coverup or are interested in removing the knuckle tattoos and tattoos from the top of the hand.
Knuckle tattoos fade naturally, the skin on your hands exfoliates faster than that of the skin on other body parts. Tattoo artists tend to compensate for natural exfoliation by setting more ink into the area so the tattoo will hold. Normally, knuckle tattoos take an average of 8-10 sessions to fully remove.
We chalk this up to ink placement, when tattooing a finger it is exceptionally hard to place the ink at the proper depth in the skin. This is also why many knuckle tattoos form scar tissue. If an artist with a heavier hand is applying the tattoo on a fragile area they may leave behind a little scar tissue. Typically the goal of full tattoo removal will be achieved quickly if you had an artist with a lighter hand, whereas a heavier handed artists work will require more treatments. Luckily for this client, his 6 year old tattoo was removed within just 5 treatments. While we are happy to take credit for this, it is important to understand that we started out with a leg up!
When this client came to us requesting full tattoo removal the best weapon in our arsenal for him was our q-switch Revlite SI. This laser was ideal due to its highly effective 1064 wavelength that excels at the removal of black inks. Using its photothermal technology the addition of a small amount of heat helped to stimulate his immune system to respond quickly to his fingers to remove the broken down ink left behind post-treatment. The Revlite SI allowed for deeper penetration than the Picosure which ensured we reached every single level of the tattoo that we where targeting in each treatment.
While ink placement in the fingers may be beneficial for removal if done by a light-handed artist, circulation in the fingers is less than ideal for removal. Because of there distance from the heart and major lymphatic glands, the removal of finger tattoos can present as difficult. Luckily for this client, the ink was very superficial, and so lightly saturated that ink density wasn’t an issue.
A clean tattoo removal relies on every clients at home care just as much as the laser process itself. If you are looking to achieve a tattoo removal that looks as close to perfect as possible being upfront and honest about you’re medical history, and daily habits is crucial. This client achieved a near flawless removal by doing a few simple things. The most important of all was keeping his fingers out of the sun at all cost! Even the smallest amount of sun exposure can lead to hyper and hypo-pigmentation.