Tattoo removal is an effective way to get rid of bad memories and move on from past decisions. After removal, you might have another tattoo in mind for the same spot that better reflects your current lifestyle.
Cover up tattoos can only accomplish so much. Very dark or extensive tattoos may require laser removal so you can truly make sure that the old tattoos won’t be visible through the new one.
At Delete – Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon we’ve seen countless cover-up tattoo journeys, and have highlighted some key information you’ll want to know about the process.
Can Tattoos Be Removed Completely?
Laser tattoo removal is a very thorough process. It works with treatments from finely tuned lasers that remove pigment from the skin. The settings are personalized to achieve the best results on your skin tone, scar tissue, and tattoo ink color. New laser tattoo removal technology ensures that the ink can be removed completely in many cases.
At Delete, we use the PicoWay laser by Candela Medical to ensure your tattoo removal process achieves the best results. Older and thinner inked tattoos tend to take fewer sessions than new ones since fading occurs naturally; this is due to a number of factors such as sun exposure and circulation.
Tattoo size determines the length of each session, which can range from 10 to 60 minutes. Take a look at our gallery to see some of the incredible results we’ve achieved in removing tattoos.
Can You Get a Tattoo After Laser Removal?
Laser tattoo removal leaves your skin with a fresh canvas, so another tattoo is absolutely possible after you receive laser tattoo removal treatments. The skin will be sensitive during the healing process, but once healing is complete the skin is perfectly ready for new ink.
Be sure to give the area aftercare; we recommend using aloe vera and ice to soothe the area and reduce irritation after each session. If any blistering occurs, use an antibiotic to keep the skin free of infection. Use sunscreen to protect vulnerable skin from harsh UV rays. Once you’ve pampered your skin and let it heal for several weeks, you can get a new tattoo with no issues.
How Soon After a Tattoo Can You Get Laser Removal?
Just like a tattoo session requires several weeks of healing, a laser tattoo removal session also requires some time for the skin to heal. The process of laser tattoo removal involves several sessions to clear the ink from your skin. The number of sessions depends on the amount of ink in the tattoo. Whether you remove the entire tattoo or choose to remove a part of it, your skin will be a clean slate.
While you are in the process of receiving tattoo removal treatments, our clinic schedules your appointments 8 to 12 weeks apart in order to give your skin time to heal and tattoo ink to clear. Every tattoo is unique, so a variety of factors influence how long it takes to remove a tattoo completely. Your removal time may be longer or shorter, depending on:
- Amount of ink (darkness)
- Where it is on the body
- Age of the tattoo
- Scar tissue
- Depth of tattoo and ink layering
- Skin tone
- Ink color
- Overall health
After eight to twelve weeks, the site should be healed enough for a tattoo session. It is recommended that you wait the same time our physicians designated between laser treatments before getting another tattoo in the same area. This assures the skin is fully healed.
Get a Free Tattoo Removal Consultation Today
If you want a tattoo removed or lightened, contact us today for a free consultation with one of our physicians. During the consultation, you’ll be able to have all your questions answered, including the number of recommended sessions to reach your desired results.
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