Have you ever wondered if your skin tone could affect your laser tattoo removal results? The answer is yes! Skin tone plays a very important role in laser tattoo removal. It is important that both you and your laser tattoo removal specialist understand your skin tone so that you can receive effective and treatment with the lowest possible risk of side effects.
The Fitzpatrick Scale is a numerical classification system for skin tone that was developed in 1975 by Harvard’s Thomas B. Fitzpatrick, MD. The Fitzpatrick Scale was originally used to determine the skin’s response to UV light and is currently used by dermatologists worldwide.
There are six categories in the Fitzpatrick Scale. Where you fall on the scale is dependent on the amount of melanin in the skin. Melanin is determined by genetics and how you react to the sun.
- Level One – Typical features include pale white skin, blue eyes, blond or red hair. People in this category always burn and never tan.
- Level Two – Typical features include fair or white skin, blue, green or hazel eyes and blond hair. People in this category burn easily and rarely tan.
- Level Three – Typical features include darker white skin and any eye or hair color. People in this category burn moderately and gradually tan.
- Level Four – Typical features include light brown, Mediterranean or olive skin. People in this category rarely burn and tan easily.
- Level Five – Typical features include brown skin. People in this category rarely burn and tan very darkly.
- Level Six – Typical features include dark brown or black skin. People in this category never burn and always tan.
People that fall in the first three categories (one through three) for skin type tend to have the best results when it comes to laser tattoo removal. This is because they are the least likely to develop changes in the skin, such as hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation, and can be treated more aggressively with the laser.
The darker the tone of your skin is, like those who fall in levels four through six, the longer the tattoo removal process may take. The more pigment that is in the skin, the harder it is for the laser to distinguish the ink from the pigment. Even though there is a higher risk for scarring, pigment changes and tissue damage, people who have dark skin are still able to successfully and completely remove tattoos when treated in a manner that is appropriate for their skin tone. This is why it is so important to find a laser technician who is skilled and thoroughly trained, such as Dr. Brotzman.
Get in touch with Remove a Tattoo – laser tattoo removal clinic today at 414-617-2849 to learn more about how your skin type may affect your laser tattoo removal experience and to set up a consultation visit. Remove A Tattoo – serving the greater Milwaukee Area.