Did you know that cigarette smoking can interfere with tattoo removal?

A recent study looked at factors that influence the number of sessions required to removal tattoos. It turns out smoking cigarettes reduces the likelihood of removing your tattoo and found that cigarette smoking decreased the effectiveness of laser tattoo removal. This isn’t surprising information; plastic surgeons have known for years that smoking impairs wound healing and have advised their patients not to smoke. Turns out tattoo removal is no different and smoking can reduce the quantity of ink removed per session and the rate at which your body recovers. If you are a smoker, now’s the time to try and quit or at least cut down on cigarettes. T.Barrows, MD

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