Being a Paramedical Tattooist, I have spent many years not only understanding how to remove a tattoo but also knowing how to put one in!
The chemical makeup of tattoos is quite different than what it was say 20 years ago.
Most tattoos back then were made up of iron oxides, minerals that are friendly to the body. For example we use iron oxide minerals in makeup and they wash off your hands quite easily.
Iron oxides are friendly to the body and the body can easily absorbs this iron oxide pigments, hence the fading of a tattoo, especially in women.
Iron Oxides ended up getting a bad rap after MRI Magnetic Resonance Imaging became popular since the iron in the tattoos were being picked up in the MRI.
So up came the newer pigments that have removed iron oxides from the mix (calling them MRI safe) .
These can be harder to remove because they are no longer larger particles like iron oxide but an ink which actually stain the skin thus making them more difficult to remove.
Another reason they are becoming more difficult to remove is that the laser wants to break up the pigments so that it can be turned into a smaller molecule or particle for your lymphatic system to carry away, however the microns in ink are so small and they are staining the skin rather that sitting there as a particle
Let’s not forget to mention that the body does not find ink a friendly material to pass through your body and sometimes finds it toxic as well, therefore your lymphatic system is not in such a hurry to carry it into through your lymphatic system to begin the tattoo removal process
So I ask that you be a little more patient these days with your Tattoo Removal Treatments and the removal of your tattoo.