Social smoking and laser tattoo removal?

Is social smoking ok to do during laser tattoo removal? I know smoking in general is bad and smoking decreases the chance of removal by 70% but I sometimes have a tendency to socially smoke. I used to smoke everyday but have cut way down but having trouble stopping completely. Thanks in advance!

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Tattoo Removal -- Pico/Q Switched Laser

Tattoos should be removed with q switched or pico lasers, we will often combine with fractional lasers to help speed the process. Tattoos can be removed if you are currently smoking, but may require more treatments than the non-smoker depending on your response. Please see a laser expert. Best, Dr. Emer


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