What Are the Hardest Tattoos to Remove and Why?

What Are the Hardest Tattoos to Remove and Why?

Getting a tattoo and removing it are two very different processes. It is possible to get a tattoo in minutes, but removing it can take months or even a year. Some tattoos are stubborn and take as long as one or two years to remove. The time period it takes to remove a tattoo will depend on several factors, the most common of which being: 


Size of the Tattoo

Large, multi-colored tattoos are some of the most stubborn tattoos to remove. They require different types of lasers to break down the various colors. Due to this, they often take at least 10 sessions. The duration is much longer in comparison to removing a small, simple, black tattoo. 

There is also the additional waiting time for the treatment area to heal and the skin to regenerate. The time between sessions is about six to eight weeks. Be patient.


Color and Tattoo Ink

Black tattoos are the most cooperative. They are easy to remove as the laser can target the specific pigment. The ink absorbs the infrared light, heats up fast, and disappears. Gray works in the same way as black. However, it needs a different wavelength.

Red is the third most cooperative color. Due to its darkness, it also absorbs infrared light well. However, it can take up to ten sessions to remove it. Yellow is also easy to remove, but it needs a different wavelength. Dark and warm colors work well with laser removal, unlike light colors that do not absorb infrared light.

There are also factors considering the type of ink. There are various techniques and formulas artists use to create ink. Sometimes, it can contain ink that is hard to remove. Those with heavy metals take extra time to break down the particles.


Tattoo Placement


Tattoos on your extremities are the hardest to remove. These include your fingers, hands, wrists, ankles, and feet. The greater the distance a tattoo is from the heart, the harder it is to remove by laser. 

Conversely, the closer the tattoo is to the heart, the faster the healing. Closer to the heart, there is better circulation and speedy regeneration of the skin. There is also more pain and discomfort when removing these tattoos.


Layered Tattoos

These are also hard to remove. The reason is that tattoo removal progresses layer by layer, like when peeling an onion. Some of the layers on the tattoo may be deep within the skin. You may remain with what looks like a ghost of your old tattoo.


Professional Tattoos

Professionals have the skills to place ink at a consistent depth. They also put a considerable amount of ink at this depth to ensure that your tattoo lasts. On the other hand, amateurs may use less ink at varying depths, making their tattoos easy to remove. 

Professional tattoos need more sessions with longer durations. They often also contain colors that are hard to remove.


Smokers’ Tattoos

Smoking affects the way cells in your body function. It also affects your immunity and blood circulation. A smoker’s body cannot break down the pigments and heal as quickly as a non-smoker’s body. It makes it harder to remove their tattoos. They must wait longer between sessions. It allows time for their body to heal and the skin to regenerate.

For more information on tattoo removal, visit inkoff.me or call (844) 446-5633 with any questions or to schedule an appointment.


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