Why your tattoo might look darker right after removalAug 12, 2021
Get rid of heavy metals
If you've recently started laser treatment for a tattoo removal, you may have noticed that your tattoo appears darker.
This happens and it's perfectly normal. There's no reason to be alarmed.
In fact, it's actually a part of the removal process and shows that it's working.
How laser removal works
Laser removal works by breaking down the ink in your tattoo. Ink with white pigmentation turns darker during this process. This can give the appearance of a darker shade throughout the whole tattoo.
This happens through a process known as oxidation. Oxidation happens because of the presence of metals in the ink used in tattoos. Oxidation happens when the ink breaks down and the metal particles combine with oxygen.
Tattoo ink can contain different types of metal - nickel, lead, chromium, aluminum or others. The type of metal used in tattoo ink differs according to color. White ink in particular contains titanium dioxide, which oxidizes during the removal process and temporarily turns the tattoo a darker shade.
If you've just started tattoo removal and see that your tattoo appears darker - that just means it's working. The oxidation occurring from the metals in the tattoo ink will turn darker as the ink is broken down under your skin.
The good news is you're also flushing the presence of metals out of your skin, which is always a good thing. And don't worry, the tattoo will fade with time and will continue to do so with continued appointments for laser removal.
The bottom line: while it may seem odd, it's part of the process, and it means your skin is removing metals from your system.
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