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How Skin Type Can Affect Tattoo Removal

How Skin Type Can Affect Tattoo Removal

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Your Skin Type And Laser Tattoo Removal

For skin experts, all skin procedures being performed require extensive patient analysis. This is crucial for tattooed individuals who are seeking laser tattoo removal. Our laser tattoo removal clinic will assess your skin type and shade further before going through with the treatment process. But how does a person’s skin type and tattoo removal affect each other? Are there any significant reasons why laser tattoo removal technicians make this type of an assessment a priority?

The Physiology Of Skin Type And Color

Melanin (natural sun-screen protection of the skin) plays a role in identifying what particular procedure is safe for certain skin types. Melanocytes (melanin-producing cells) are distributed more densely to those of Asian, Hispanic and African ethnicity and can therefore produce higher levels of melanin in the skin. As the amount of melanin increases, skin tones darken. Those of various caucasian ethnicities have a smaller amount of melanocytes, less melanin, and thus lighter skin. 
 
During laser tattoo removal treatments, the light and heat energy that is emitted will be absorbed by dark pigments of the tattoo. For individuals who have darker skin shades, their skin will also absorb a portion of the energy of the laser. This fact will be used to modify treatment sessions and laser exposure to prevent adverse skin reactions. People who have darker skin tones are more susceptible to skin color changes caused by laser tattoo treatment. This can result in a lightening of the skin (hypopigmentation) or a darkening of the skin (hyperpigmentation). Treatment is still safe though vigilance is required throughout the course of care to minimize the potential for skin color changes. 
For individuals with lighter skin, there is less skin pigment to absorb the laser light. There is less likelihood of skin color changes therefore, but susceptibility to sunburning must be factored into the treatment plan.
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