Can I get a tattoo after laser tattoo removal?
Although laser tattoo removal has been around for a long time, there are still many myths surrounding it. In fact, when most people think of getting laser tattoo removal, they assume that the tattoo is 100% gone for good and that you can’t change your mind later and get another tattoo in the same area. While completely eliminating your tattoo is certainly an option depending on the specifics of your tattoo, another laser tattoo option is getting what’s known as a “tattoo cover-up,” where your tattoo is faded so that you can cover it up later on. In both cases, you can still tattoo over the laser-removed tattoo.
Full tattoo removal vs fading
What’s the difference between full tattoo removal and fading? With full laser tattoo removal, the goal in most cases is to remove all traces of your tattoo, and is perfect when you no longer want a tattoo on a specific area of your body. This method is ideal for black ink and older tattoos. With tattoo fading, on the other hand, the goal is to transform your tattoo into something new. This option can significantly fade or lighten your tattoo, which allows you to replace your tattoo with a new, fresh design. Tattoo fading works on a wide variety of tattoos and typically takes fewer sessions than full removal, depending on the size and level of fading. Deciding which option is right for you depends on a number of factors, such as the amount and type of ink used, how deeply it sits, and what your specific goals are.
How does laser tattoo removal work?
If you regret your tattoo or want a redesign, laser tattoo removal can help! Laser tattoo removal works by targeting pigment colors in the skin’s dermis, which lies between your outer layer of skin (epidermis) and the tissue beneath. The tattoo pigments absorb the laser’s beam and then fragment into tiny pieces, allowing your body to absorb and eliminate them. Technology matters when it comes to laser tattoo removal. The most common type of laser used in tattoo removal, the Q-switch, produces light pulses of extremely high peak power. Several types of Q-switch lasers exist, and each one targets a different color spectrum at different wavelengths. Because Q-switch lasers are so precise and intense, tattoo pigments fragment instantly, and the surrounding tissue is left undamaged.
Who is a good candidate for laser tattoo removal?
Laser tattoo removal works on a variety of skin tones and tattoo colors. In fact, pigment-specific laser technologies, such as the Nd:YAG, are safe and effective when it comes to removing tattoos on darker skin tones. People who don’t smoke and follow a healthy diet and exercise regimen tend to achieve faster results.
How long do I need to wait before getting a tattoo after laser tattoo removal?
Because laser tattoo removal is a gradual process (it takes a minimum of eight weeks between treatments for your body to absorb the pigment residue, and most people need several treatments before noticing a significant difference), it might take a while before you’re able to get the area re-tattooed. To achieve the best results possible, it’s important to follow the recommended number of laser tattoo removal sessions for your tattoo and situation. Before getting a new tattoo on the area, you’ll also want to wait until the skin in the treated area is completely healed, which can take up to eight weeks after your final laser tattoo removal session.
With laser tattoo removal, there’s something for everyone
Laser tattoo removal is a flexible option for those looking to either fully remove or creatively alter their tattoos. This technology supports both complete erasure and artistic cover-ups. Though the process requires patience and multiple treatments, it enables the placement of a new tattoo in the same spot. However, waiting until the area is fully healed after removal is crucial before getting a new tattoo, ensuring the best results for your next piece of body art. With thoughtful planning, laser tattoo removal opens up a world of possibilities for changing and personalizing your tattoos.
Want to learn more about laser tattoo removal? Reach out to LaserAway, the nation’s leading aesthetic dermatological clinic, where all treatments are performed by experienced and skilled registered nurses, nurse practitioners, or physician associates, so you know you’re in good hands!