One question that is commonly asked at Remove a Tattoo is whether or not the age of the tattoo matters in the laser tattoo removal process. There are those who have older tattoos that maybe don’t fit their life anymore or reflect changing interests or priorities. They often wonder: Will my tattoo fade with laser treatments faster because it is older?
Others have a new tattoo and it wasn’t quite what they imagined and they are seeking laser tattoo removal. Maybe the tattoo hasn’t even healed yet or was done within the last year. They often wonder: Will my tattoo fade faster with laser treatments faster because it is newer?
The answer is slightly complex. While it is true that skin is continuously regenerating itself, this refers to the top layer of skin or the epidermis. The second layer of skin, the dermis, takes longer to regenerate. Tattoo ink is placed in the second layer of skin where there is little chance of fading. There may be a tiny bit of fading as the skin heals but this usually occurs with in the first few months.
However, anyone with an older tattoo will tell you that tattoos do fade. There are a number of reasons for this. One reason may be improper application of the tattoo. Tattoos that are not placed deep enough in the skin often fade through the regeneration of the epidermis. This is why homemade tattoos are often easier to remove then professional tattoos.
Another reason for premature fading of tattoos is improper aftercare. If the tattoo didn’t heal correctly some of the initial fading may be faster causing more fading of the tattoo overall. For example soaking the new tattoo in a pool or bath could cause some of the fresh ink to escape and would result in faster fading.
Finally, UV rays from the sun (not often seen in the Milwaukee area) are responsible for fading seen in older tattoos. The rays from the sun cause the pigment in the tattoo to fade. Any of the natural fading seen with older tattoos is usually very slight, requiring a laser to remove the rest of the deeper set ink.
Age of tattoo doesn’t play as big of a role in fading the tattoo as we often think. The health of the immune system, expertise of the laser technician performing the removal and aftercare all play the largest role in fading both older and newer tattoos. Watch the blog for more tips on how to get the best results from your laser tattoo removal sessions!
Do you have a new or an older tattoo you are looking to remove? Contact Dr. Brotzman at Remove A Tattoo, a laser tattoo removal clinic serving the greater Milwaukee Area, at 414-617-2849 for a consultation today.