When you decide to have a tattoo removed, remember how the removal process works. The laser energy passes through the top layer of skin and targets the ink, smashing it to dust so that the body’s immune system can remove it. The immediate effect of the laser can be seen when the surface of the treated skin turns a slight frosted white color and there is some redness and puffiness of the skin. This is all good and expected right after treatment, What your body is doing is immediately “sending in the troops” (water and immune cells) to clean away the broken up ink. While the redness and puffiness resolve over the next few days, the clearing process continues over the next 6-8 weeks or longer.
But what if the troops being sent in to do their job are hindered? What if their hands are tied or they have no weapons? Then they are much less effective at doing their job. When a person has a chronic illness such as diabetes or HIV, or is on medications for illnesses like rheumatoid arthritis that cause immune suppression, the body’s immune system is hindered to variable degrees as it tries to clear the ink. It is not that laser tattoo removal will not work in such persons, but it may take longer to clear the ink compared to treating someone with a healthy immune system.
So it goes with laser tattoo removal in those who smoke. The chemicals in cigarette smoke not only promote cancer, but they also impair your immune system. Your body’s defenses are hindered, potentially including your body’s ability to clear ink after laser treatment. Anything you can do to promote a healthy immune system benefits you in many ways. Help your body’s immune system function at it’s peak during the laser tattoo removal process by drinking plenty of water each day, exercising and stop smoking. You are making an investment of time and money when you choose to get that tattoo removed; get the most out of your treatments by giving your “troops” a fighting chance to do good things for your body. Talk to your doctor about getting help quitting the cigarette habit. Then give us a call at Remove A Tattoo in Mequon at 414-617-2849 – we will help you clear your ink while you work on clearing your lungs!