How Long Do I Have to Wait Before I Can Get My Tattoo Removed?

How Long Do I Have to Wait Before I Can Get My Tattoo Removed?

Essential Aesthetics

Although getting a new tattoo is exciting for most people, some immediately regret their decision. Whether they did it as a dare, or the tattoo did not turn out how they wanted it to, it is important to be patient when it comes to removing a tattoo shortly after getting it.

You must wait until your tattoo is fully healed before starting removal treatments. The time it takes for a tattoo to heal depends on various factors including the type of ink used, the area of the body tattooed, and the size of the tattoo. Even though a tattoo may look fully healed after 1-2 weeks, it can take up to 4 months for all the layers of broken skin to completely heal.

I recommend waiting at least 4-6 months from the time the tattoo was applied to the skin. Removing a fresh tattoo can result in negative side effects such as:

  • Excessive Skin Blistering: The first few weeks after getting a tattoo, most people still have ink particles in the top layer of the skin because it has not yet fully healed. This can result in burns and blistering of the skin if treatment is administered
  • Skin Discoloration: Lasers work against tattoo ink by shattering them into tiny particles. When a tattoo is fresh, the shattered particles might fixate to collagen strands, creating permanent discoloration in the treatment area.
  • Scaring: Think of a tattoo as a scab that your body is trying to heal. When you pick at a scab, you increase your chances of the skin scarring after it has healed. Just like a scab, you want to avoid using tattoo removal lasers on a fresh tattoo to avoid the development of permanent scarring in the area.

It is important to follow proper aftercare instructions for your new tattoo to ensure that it heals well. Once it is fully healed, it is ready for removal with our powerful devices such as the PiQo4.

Please schedule a consultation or call 925.855.1773 to discuss your options for tattoo removal.

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