Tattoos are a great way to express yourself and stand apart from the crowd. All too often, however, the appeal of a tattoo fades over time, just like the ink. If you live in the greater Las Vegas area and are thinking about tattoo removal, contact the team at Rapid Laser Med Spa one of the only facilities to use the new Lumenis PiQo4. Online scheduling is available, and there is a range of convenient appointment times to select.
When you get a tattoo, a tiny needle punctures your skin very rapidly, delivering minute deposits of ink into your dermis. The dermis is the second layer of your skin just under your epidermis.
Modern tattoo machines are high-speed and can puncture your skin as many as 3,000 times in just one minute. Each puncture damages your skin, triggering your body to respond by sending white blood cells to the site. Those white blood cells gather any foreign particles and flush them into your bloodstream, eventually reaching your liver and then exiting your body.
In the case of tattoo ink, many of the particles are too large for your white blood cells to handle. They remain in your dermal layer and are visible through your epidermis.
Over time, tattoo ink can become blurred if the original tattoo was placed too deeply in your skin. Or if you gain or lose a significant amount of weight, your tattoos can become distorted or faded.
Tattoos can also fade due to improper aftercare. It’s important to keep a new tattoo site clean and covered with antibacterial ointment and to avoid picking at scabbed or flaking skin during the healing process.
Excessive sun exposure can also fade tattoo ink over time, as can exposure to strong chemical cleaning products, gasoline, or other harsh chemicals.