When we first saw this classic scorpion tattoo we knew that it would be challenging to fully remove. Scorpion tattoos like this typically take just about 6 treatments. The heavily saturated black linework that makes up the outline was deep and saturated and the yellow tattoo ink that was used to fill in the scorpion’s body requires a wavelength that is challenging to use on this clients skin type. However, the scorpion tattoo was faded due to the tattoo’s age and location on her thigh. Luckily in 11 tattoo removal sessions, this clients tattoo was fully removed.
here is why…
Luckily for this client, the age of the tattoo was advantageous. This 11-year-old arachnid had plenty of time for her own immune system to break down the ink. Through her body’s natural detoxification process the immune system attacks the large ink particles. unfortunately, the ink particles are too big for the body to eliminate completely on its own. That’s why we use the laser to break down the ink and assist the immune system in its natural process.
Tattoo Placement is important, tattoos located in close proximity to major lymphatic glands like the neck, armpit, elbow, back of knee and groin are removed faster than tattoos located on extremities. The scorpion tattoos location on our client’s inner thigh allows for easier disposal of the unwanted ink particulates.
A major challenge we come across while removing tattoos is client health. When our clients are in optimal health the body can flush ink out faster than if they are unhealthy.
Unfortunately, this client was a smoker. Smoking can decrees ink loss per session up to 70%, due to the chemicals consumed through the lungs and the deoxidization of blood. While your body is doing its best to flush out toxins, it prioritizes the person’s overall health above the removal of unwanted ink. Had this client abstained from smoking her removal could have been completed in less time and required fewer treatments
As you can see there is a shadow of yellow left behind. This client is Vietnamese, the abundance of melanin in her skin makes using the 532 wavelengths tricky. While black ink can be easily addressed on any skin type with 1064 wavelength, yellow ink rarely responds. To address the yellow ink directly a 532 wavelength is recommended, unfortunately for this client, the combination of a darker skin tone and a 532 wavelength would likely have left her with unsightly hyper and hypopigmentation. Luckily yellow tones tend to blend in easily after the black outline is removed.
This scorpion tattoo stood no chance against The Finery NYC Revlite SI. This q-switch laser utilized a highly effective 1064 wavelength. It can quickly and effectively remove tattoos on all skin types. This particular laser uses photothermal action known as selective photothermolysis to break down unwanted ink while leaving surrounding tissue intact. selective photothermolysis has innovated the tattoo removal industry and allows for tattoo removal without scaring.
Even with a tricky skin type, this client maintained amazing skin integrity through her removal process. This is largely in part of The Finery New York Citys tried and true protocol for darker skin types, and her careful consideration of aftercare. We advise everyone to avoid any and all sun exposure pre and post treatments. If this simple rule is followed the chance of pigmentation change drops dramatically. The use of Vitamin E oil is also suggested to help maintain the skins natural barriers and protect itself against the continued application of lasers. This client followed these few simple suggestions to achieve the most clearance in the shortest amount of time.