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IPL & Laser Treatments > Medlite C6 Black Lines turned Red

I am currently removing a 5 month old tattoo with the Medlite C6 from conbio. The tattoo is mostly black / gray and has some slate-blue highlights. I attempted 2 one inch square test areas and have seen significant fading of the less dense black shading but strange results from the thin black lines. It seems the laser immediately turned the black lines bright red. There is no black ink left visible on the line and it seems the red color is not from irritation of the skin but from some kind of transformation of the ink. Is this possible? The bright red color faded slightly to faint red-orange in about 5 weeks. Has anyone else seen this before? Should we try treating the lines with the wavelength for red?

Could it be possible that the tattoo artist mixed a brown or red color in the black ink he used to trace the design with a thin needle?

Also, it looks like the blue color was achieved by mixing black and dark blue. Does anyone have any advice or experience in removing this type of pigment. What results can we expect?

10.8 | Registered CommenterM

It has been known that several artists enhance colors such as black, blue, purple and others by mixing them with other darker shades in similar color families. Your presumption is most likely correct that red was added to the black to provide a deeper black shade to enhance the lines of the tattoo, thus making the artist's work appear finer and more professional. Unfortunately, artists typically aren't concerned with client's potential for removing the tattoo and are even less concerned about the removal process with little regard of the know-how when it comes to the difficulty of removing certain colors.

The red is most likely left overs, once the black has been removed, and should be treated as red ink, thus altering your approach. Test the red area and check for results! I believe you'll see your hunch as correct! J

M,

I believe Jaymes is most likely correct but another posibility is the some of the ink oxidized and turned a different color. There are thousands of inks and some that contain iron or aluminum can oxidize and actually change color. You will usually only see inks for permanent makeup be a problem but be very cautious with colors that are white or even flesh toned.

Lornell E. Hansen II, M.D.
LazaDerm Skincare Centre
www.LazaDerm.com

07.28 | Unregistered CommenterLH

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