Cigarette, Alcohol and Laser Tattoo Removal

One of the most frequent questions we get at MEDermis Laser Tattoo Removal is “What can I do to help speed-up the removal process?” While there are a number of factors that come into play on how quickly your tattoo will be removed, one of the most important factors is controlled 100% by you – the client!

That’s right, living a healthy lifestyle is the #1 best thing you can do to help speed-up the process of your tattoo removal – and “yes”, this refers to smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol.

A recent study performed by JAMA Dermatology concluded that smoking cigarettes can reduce your chances of successfully removing your tattoos in 10 or fewer treatments by more than 70%. This really comes as no surprise considering smoking can greatly reduce blood flow near the dermis and epidermis at times of healing. With decreased blood flow, comes decreased chances that the body will be able to carry away the shattered ink particles in a timely fashion – ultimately resulting in increased treatments and more dollars spent.

In addition to smoking, drinking excess amounts of alcohol can prohibit the liver and kidneys’ ability to properly flush out the broken down ink particles as they should.

So, if you have a tattoo that you’d like to remove and would like to save as much time and money as possible, take this little tid-bit as yet another reason to quit smoking and start living a healthier lifestyle!