5 Factors to Consider When Removing a Tattoo


Spoiler Alert: Our new Astanza machine works wonders! The number of treatments before and after tattoo removalneeded to  successfully remove a tattoo can differ due to tattoo size, age, location, color, device that was used, and other factors. However, with our new Astanza laser tattoo removal machine, we have seen outstanding results, and we’re excited to share those results with you.

Keep in mind that some pigments in your tattoo may be significantly easier to remove from skin, and will absorb the light of the laser more effectively. Others will take more time to completely erase. Let’s take a look at the easiest and hardest ink colors to remove and a few factors to consider before you begin the process.

Easiest and hardest colors to remove:

Colors that take more time to remove are typically light colors such as green, blue, or yellow and may require more treatment sessions. On the other hand, the easiest tattoo colors to remove are black, grey, and red. A solely black tattoo will respond much better than a colored one.

Factors to consider:

What type of ink was used?

Using different types of tattoo ink can greatly impact its removal later on and affect the skin in various ways. Additionally, treatment results can vary as ink reacts differently to the laser removal treatment process.

What’s the depth of your tattoo?

Depth of ink refers to the level of penetration that the ink made into the dermis (the second layer of the skin). Professional tattoo artists tend to use more ink and go deeper into the skin. In other words, the further the ink is into the skin, the harder it is to remove.

How old is your tattoo?

As tattoos age, they sink deeper into the skin and often become faded. This means that an older tattoo may take less treatments to remove than a newer tattoo with fresh ink. With that being said, our new Astanza laser tattoo removal machine will remove tattoos in fewer sessions than other traditional laser machines.

Where is your tattoo located?

Another factor to consider is the location of your tattoo. Research has shown that the closer the tattoo is to your heart the easier it is to remove. When laser light hits the tattoo, it breaks the ink into smaller and smaller particles so that the body’s lymphatic system can eliminate it. The better the circulation, the faster the ink will be removed. Areas such as your hand or foot may take longer to remove compared to a tattoo that’s located on your chest, neck, or shoulder.

How big is your tattoo?

When it comes to tattoo removal, size matters. For example, a small symbol on your wrist will take less sessions than a half or full sleeve tattoo. The biggest issue that is often faced is that the tattoo is too large to treat in one sitting, meaning more sessions for removal. If you plan on having a tattoo removed in the near future, it’s important to consider each of these factors and how they’ll play a role in your removal process. At Muskegon Surgical Associates (MSA), we have a team of experts who are here to help you feel confident and comfortable in your skin.

 Visit the MSA website or contact us at (231) 739-1933 to learn more about our services and our new Astanza laser.