What is the Lymphatic System?
The lymphatic system is a network of vessels, much like blood vessels. While the blood vessels circulate red blood cells, the lymph system circulates white blood cells. The two systems work together to keep the body feed and clean.
The plasma from your blood carries nutrition and oxygen into all your tissues. When plasma leaves your blood vessels and goes into your tissues, it is called interstitial fluid. The interstitial fluid washes your cells. It picks up toxins and metabolic waste. The interstitial fluid is then absorbed into lymph vessels. It is purified in the lymph nodes, then returned to the blood vessels.
The lymphatic system does not have a central pump like the heart, so lymph circulation is dependent on other factors including exercise, muscle contraction, deep breathing, gravity and massage.
How does the lymphatic system effect Laser Tattoo Removal?
The laser turns the ink from a liquid into small crystals. It is the lymphatic system that removes the destroyed ink from your dermis. That explains why it takes so long between treatments. It also explains why redness, scabbing and blistering is normal after a treatment. It is your body healing itself.
What can you do to support your lymphatic system after a treatment?
- Stop smoking. Smoking damages the vessels making it harder for the transfer of plasma. In an Italian study, smoking increased removal time by as much as 65%.
- Hydrate. Your body is working hard to flush out the destroyed tattoo ink. Remember that plasma is fluid.
- Take a walk. Your muscles will help power the lymphatic system.
- Have a belly laugh. It compresses the diaphragm and promotes lymphatic drainage into the blood vessels.
- Elevate the area. In this case, gravity is your friend.
- Take a multivitamin.
- Be patient. It just takes time.