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Tattoo removal with white ink

Question posted by Whitney from Toronto, ON

I have a tattoo that I want removed. It was done with white ink only. Will that take more sessions to be removed and if so how many sessions do you think it will take? Its a very small tattoo, about the size of a loonie.

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  • Dear Whitney,

    Thank you for your clinical post and
    a most serious topic.  White ink is a
    risky ink pigment to have used on one’s body. 
    The reason for the concern over the use of white ink is several
    fold.  White ink comes from titanium
    dioxide and the breakdown products of titanium dioxide combined with other
    tattoo ink colours may be carcinogenic. 
    In addition, laser treatment of titanium dioxide or white ink can result
    in the ink turning grey or black resulting in the need for laser treatments to

    This combination of uncertainty about
    the safety of white ink and its difficulty in removal means that if one can
    avoid a white tattoo all the better.

    If you already have a white tattoo
    it’s best to seek out a very experienced laser tattoo removal centre owned and
    operated by a physician. At SpaMedica we’ve been performing laser tattoo
    removal for close to 20 years.  We use
    Picosecond technology such as the PicoWay and the Picosure as well as multiple
    nanosecond lasers to ensure the best result.

    Best of luck.

    To schedule a consultation or find
    out more, please visit:

    R. Stephen Mulholland, M.D.

    Certified Plastic Surgeon

    Yorkville, Toronto

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