How Soon Can A New Tattoo Be Removed?

woman getting tattooEvery day people get tattoos they’re not happy with – maybe the artist misrepresented himself, perhaps there were intoxicants involved or a love that didn’t last.

How long do you have to wait to remove a new tattoo? The skin cell cycle is approximately 35 to 57 days. Thus, patients should wait six to eight weeks after getting a tattoo to consider laser tattoo removal treatment.

There are plenty of reasons you might want to remove a tattoo right after getting it.  Although most people don’t want to hear it, you need to give it some time. Not only is your skin tender after a new tattoo, but your new tattoo needs to heal before we can begin laser tattoo fading or laser tattoo removal. Any tattoo removal clinic that tells you they can begin laser tattoo removal treatments on a new tattoo in less than six weeks is putting your skin and health in danger.

At Dr. Tattoff, we recommend waiting a minimum of 8 weeks (although we can start at 6 weeks). But if you can hold off a little longer, that’s even better because from the moment you get your tattoo, your body begins to break it down (that’s right, your body doesn’t want that tattoo any more than you do!). So the more patience you have, the faster your removal will go once you get started.

That said, you don’t have to wait to come in for a consultation. We can take a look at your tattoo the way it is (even if you got it yesterday), discuss your goals – do you want a cover-up tattoo, another artist to fix the art or would you prefer to get it completely removed – and provide you with an estimate of the number of treatments you’ll need and the total cost.