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Yes, Tattoo Placement Can Impact the Removal Process

Updated: Dec 9, 2022

Yes, Tattoo Placement Can Impact the Removal Process

Location is one of the first things you think about when you get a tattoo, but not so much when it comes to tattoo removal. This is because you probably thought you would never have it removed, but here we are. That’s ok! A lot of people have gone through the same process, and most of them are happy with their new (or newly removed) ink.

Some areas on the body are more ideal for tattoos than others but can be the worst for getting them removed. Tattoos on the upper and lower back, neck, or face have higher counts of lymph nodes and blood cells. This means they react to the laser treatment quicker compared to legs, hands, and feet. Tattoos in these areas may require more sessions to fade the ink completely.

Why Location Matters More Than You Think

According to many cosmetic technicians and tattoo artists, some tattoo placements are better for tattoo removal effectiveness. The closer a tattoo is to the heart, the more effective the treatment will be. Meanwhile, tattoos on the hands, legs, and feet take more time to remove because these parts experience lower rates of circulation.

Your tattoo placement can affect the number of treatments needed. A shoulder or chest tattoo may experience faster healing between sessions. Many laser technicians suggest those with upper and middle body tattoos wait for six to 12 weeks. For those with tattoos on the lower body, it is recommended to wait at least eight to 12 weeks between treatments.

Another reason why location matters is because it impacts pain. You can probably guess where the most painful spots are to get a tattoo. These same areas on the body can be quite painful for tattoo removal, like thin skin, parts that are close to ligaments and bone, and everywhere else the person might find sensitive.

Other Factors That Affect Tattoo Removal

In addition to placement, here are more critical factors that impact laser tattoo removal treatments:

  • Age - The older a tattoo is, the easier it will be to remove. The ink is less vibrant, which means there’s less to remove. The laser can break down aged ink particles quicker as opposed to a more recent tattoo.

  • Color - Darker tattoo colors like black, navy, and brown are easier to remove compared to lighter ones. Shades like yellow, pink, or orange are more challenging, but if you’re working with a trusted technician, they can remove all traces of pigment just the same.

  • Type of Laser - Some lasers lack the speed and power to remove tattoos safely and effectively. When looking for a laser removal clinic, make sure you are familiar with the laser used.

  • Immune System - Your health plays an important role in tattoo removal. After the laser breaks down the ink particles, your body will act to remove them from your system to kick start the healing process. You should strive to maintain a healthy lifestyle to keep your metabolism up and your overall health optimal.

How Tattoo Removal Works

Laser tattoo removal works by breaking up the pigment colors with a high-intensity light beam. It typically requires several sessions, depending on the size and age of a tattoo. After the treatment, the ink is recognized as waste in the lymphatic system and is discharged through the body’s immune system.

Some may say removing a tattoo is more painful than getting one, but it still depends on a person’s overall pain tolerance. Tattoo removal requires a consultation beforehand to ensure that you are going to the right technician. They will evaluate the placement and age of your tattoo to help you prepare for the procedure. If you trust that you’re in good hands, you don’t need to worry about anything.

Where to Get Tattoo Removal Services

The Vanish Clinic in Toronto, Canada provides tattoo removal services. Our PicoWay laser treatment is one of the best on the market—it’s quick, efficient, and comes with flat-fee pricing for more savings.

What sets PicoWay apart from other laser treatments is its unique, fast-pulse duration, which operates using picosecond technology. It has more than double the amount of peak power than other Pico lasers on the market. The quick pulses mean less heat is going into the body, making it safer and more comfortable.

Book an Appointment With Us

We want you to have the best experience possible, so we will do what we can to accommodate your needs. Our experienced laser technicians will consult and work with you to create an action plan to remove unwanted tattoos. They will be with you every step of the way to ensure a hassle-free experience. Get in touch with us to book a free consultation or if you have any questions.

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