September 21, 2012 – Unfortunately, the Chinese character tattoo is actually a nonsense? Can’t face turning 30 with the “Hello Kitty” tat you got on a whim a decade ago?
You are not alone.
Research shows that one-third to one-half of tattooists eventually want them to leave, and laser technology now makes it possible for those who are capable. Maybe.
New research has found that the success of laser tattoo removal may depend on some surprising things, such as whether the unwanted ink is on the smoker’s skin.
Some unsuccessful tattoo removal
In one of the first studies to study the issue, Italian researchers discovered the key features of successful tattoo removal.
They confirmed that large tattoos are more difficult to remove than small tattoos, while yellow, blue and green dyes are more difficult to remove than black and red dyes.
The research co-author and dermatologist Dr. Luigi Naldi said that other features related to poorer results are less well known.
The study shows:
Smokers are often worse off than non-smokers.
Older tattoos are often newer and harder to remove.
Tattoos on the feet and legs are more difficult to remove than tattoos on other parts of the body.
At least 8 weeks interval between laser treatments will result in better outcomes.
Naldi said: “Some people remove tattoos almost immediately after they get them. Others want to remove them when their lifestyle changes a few years later.”
Removing tattoos will cost you
Although removing unnecessary tattoos is possible, the process is neither fast nor cheap.
“I have people who have always told me that they only spent about $100 tattoos and I told them they would spend more money to remove it,” said Dr. Amy Derrick, a dermatologist, who performed 30 to 50 laser removals. Practice for a month in the suburbs of Chicago.
She uses a device called a Q Switched Laser Tattoo Removal that decomposes tattoo ink more effectively than other lasers so that it can be washed away by the body’s immune system.
She said that most tattoos cost 10 to 12 times and cost 100 to 500 dollars per meeting.
Derick estimates the cost of typical tattoo removal at $2,000 to $3,000.
The results of the study are surprising, said dermatologists
Derick said that many of the findings in the study surprised her, including the fact that old tattoos are more difficult to remove than new tattoos.
Naldi said this seems to be the case, because over time, the ink penetrates into the skin and fat and the laser is difficult to reach.
He added that smoking may prevent the removal of ink by inhibiting the function of the immune system.
The study included 352 people using Q-switched laser ablation tattoos.
In about half of the cases, tattoos were successfully removed after 10 meetings. In three out of four, they were removed at the 15th meeting. Smoking reduced the chance of successful tattoo removal by 70% in 10 meetings.
The study appeared in a dermatological file.
The Pew Research survey showed that 40 percent of the 36-year-old gen-nexters and 26- to 40-year-old gen-Xers between the ages of 18 and 25 in the United States have tattoos.
Derick said that most of the removal work she performed was in very prominent parts of the body, such as the face, neck and hands.
She said that signatures and other gifts for long-lost lovers and friends are the most common targets for elimination, as are typical tattoos and tattoos that are not performed well.