The scenario is all too common – you just got a new tattoo and it wasn’t quite what you imagined. Or maybe you got a tattoo in another language only to go home and google the translation and realized your tattoo does not say what you wanted it to say. Whatever the case, we get it. Mistakes happen. A common question at Remove a Tattoo is: How soon do I have to wait after getting a tattoo to have it removed?
Opinions vary on the best time to start the laser tattoo removal process. In general we recommend that you wait at least 6 weeks to begin laser tattoo removal on a fresh tattoo, although we can begin the process earlier if the skin has totally healed. The reasons for waiting several weeks to beginning the laser tattoo removal process are several. When you get a tattoo the ink is inserted into the second layer of skin. The tattoo needles damage the overlying skin and needs to heal. As the tattoo ink settles into the lower layer of your skin, any ink in the first layer of skin is slowly cleared as the top layer skin cells get replaced with new skin cells. The ink in the lower layer of skin becomes trapped and remains there permanently. This process takes about 2-3 months.
Tattoos that are fresh (a few days or weeks old) have not gone through this process and have not fully settled into the second layer of skin. The fresh ink is the darkest and most dense it will ever be and may carry special risks when exposed to lasers. These possible risks include more blistering, increased risk of scarring and requiring more sessions for tattoo removal. We want the skin to be fully healed before you begin laser tattoo removal treatment. If you are unhappy with your brand new tattoo and are considering getting it removed, we recommend the following steps:
- Follow the aftercare instructions provided by the tattoo artist. It is important that you allow the tattoo to heal properly. Do not try any home remedies to try and remove your new tattoo. These attempts at removal could result in damaged skin or scarring.
- Consider your options. You can remove the tattoo through laser treatments, cover up the tattoo, have your tattoo artist change something in the tattoo, or leave it how it is.
- Make an appointment for a free consultation with Dr. Brotzman at Remove A Tattoo, a laser tattoo removal clinic located in Glendale, serving the greater Milwaukee Area. Dr. Brotzman can examine the tattoo to determine exactly how long you should wait.
It is possible to remove brand new tattoos with laser tattoo removal technology. Give us a call at 414-617-2849 for a free Milwaukee tattoo removal consultation to discuss your tattoos today!