It’s no secret that here at Remove a Tattoo – Laser Tattoo Removal Clinic we love watching tattoo trends evolve over time. One trend that is worth watching is white ink tattoos. White ink is not a new concept, but over the past few years there has been an increase in all white ink tattoos. It is easy to see why these tattoos are trendy – they are subtle and classy and look very unique. They are easy to hide if needed. The problem with white ink tattoos has to do with the laser tattoo removal process.
Why is it difficult to remove white ink tattoos? Understanding this requires a basic understanding of color. When we see color what we are actually seeing is a reflection of the color. All other colors are absorbed. A blue tattoo, for example, absorbs all of the other colors and reflects the color blue. Black absorbs all colors which is why it appears so dark, red reflects red, green reflects green and so on.
The real goal of tattoo removal is absorption. The pigments in the tattoo will absorb some wavelengths of lasers and will reflect others. We want absorption to happen because when the pigment absorbs the laser, it breaks the ink particles down small enough to be removed by the body. If the tattoo does not absorb the laser, the ink particles remain and the tattoo doesn’t fade.
The problem with white is that it doesn’t absorb any colors; white reflects all types of light. This is what makes white ink so tricky to treat and why it may take longer or even be impossible to remove the ink. This is also why lighter colors are difficult to remove. The white blocks some of the absorption of the laser light.
The other concern with white tattoos has to do with the white ink itself. White ink typically contains zinc or titanium dioxide, which can get darker when exposed to laser energy. White ink tattoos can be very unpredictable and often require multiple touch ups.
Bottom line? While it is possible to remove white ink tattoos, it may take longer and may require more laser tattoo removal sessions. The type of ink and estimated number of treatment sessions can be discussed with Dr. Brotzman during your free consultation.
Looking for laser tattoo removal and live in the Milwaukee area? Consider Remove a Tattoo – laser tattoo removal clinic for laser tattoo removal. If you have questions or would like to schedule your free consultation, call us at 414-617-2849.