This flu season is shaping up to be a pretty severe one and health officials are predicting that it is not over yet – that flu activity will remain at elevated levels for several more weeks. If you are someone that is getting laser tattoo removal, what does this mean for your tattoo if you get sick? Can you get laser tattoo removal while ill? Here is what you need to know.
In order to explore this topic further, it is important to understand how laser tattoo removal works. First the laser breaks up the ink pigment by blasting it into smaller particles. Your body tries to rid itself of the smaller ink particles by sending the immune system in to absorb the particles and carry them out of the body.
The immune system has many functions and works very hard to keep you healthy. When your body is infected with a sickness or has a toxin, it is the immune system that fights it off. When the immune system is overloaded, it begins to work a little slower. This is why people with weakened immune systems tend to get sick easier – the immune system still works very hard to keep them healthy but at a much slower pace.
When you are getting laser tattoo removal, anything that is done to support and strengthen the immune system will help speed up the removal process. Anything that slows the immune system down, such as the flu or a cold, may slow down the tattoo removal process.
So if you get the flu in between treatments, you may not notice your tattoo fading as fast as it did with prior laser treatments. The ink particles will still get carried away, just at a much slower pace. Getting sick in between appointments shouldn’t cause any problems.
If you do feel ill the day before or the day of your laser tattoo removal appointment, it may be best to reschedule so that the immune system is not overloaded and can fight off the virus in your body before it works on removing ink. We want to avoid straining the immune system if at all possible as well as help you get the most out of each laser tattoo removal treatment session.
If you are feeling ill or are on any medications and have an appointment coming up, it is best to contact Dr. Brotzman with any questions. Remove a Tattoo – laser tattoo removal clinic offers physician performed tattoo removal that is safe, affordable and effective. We are located in Glendale and serve the Greater Milwaukee Area.