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How Long Do I Need to Wait Before a Tattoo Removal?

Tattoos are intended to last a lifetime. The tattooing procedure injects ink into the skin, which captures and encases the ink since it does not provide a direct or immediate hazard to the body. This is the process that renders a tattoo permanent.

Most individuals do not want their tattoos removed for at least a few years, but in rare circumstances, some want them removed straight away, most usually because the tattoo did not turn out the way they planned. Although the wait might be uncomfortable, your tattoo must heal fully before beginning the tattoo removal process.

How Long You Have to Wait Before Scheduling a Tattoo Removal

You may believe that because the tattoo is fresh, having it removed as soon as possible is the wisest course of action because the ink hasn't fully "settled" in your skin. Unfortunately, this is not an option, and no professional tattoo removal service will accommodate you until the tattoo has healed completely. It may appear to be healed after a week or even a few days, but it hasn't.

Most tattoos take 6-8 weeks to heal completely, but bigger ones might take up to 6 months. A good tattoo removal clinic/studio will be able to determine how recently you had the tattoo, but it is to your best advantage to be entirely honest with them about how long it has been. You put yourself in danger of infection and other consequences if you don't. As a result, you must handle your unpleasant tattoo the same way as you would a successful tattoo. This entails adhering to the aftercare regimen suggested. The faster and better it heals, the sooner it can be removed.

Who are the Optimal Candidates for a Tattoo Removal?

Older tattoos and amateur ("stick and poke") tattoos are easier to remove than fresher ones.

Some colors are also simpler to remove than others. These are some examples:

  • brown

  • black

  • dark blue

  • green

More extensive, darker, and more colorful tattoos take longer to heal and cost more to remove than tinier, lighter, and less vivid ones.

Tattoo removal can have potentially adverse side effects, which is why a removal can be more difficult if you have:

  • Darker skin.

  • A prior skin issue, such as eczema, a skin-related health condition, such as herpes.

However, if any of the above applies to you, you can still get your tattoo removed. It just means that you may need to spend a little more time determining the most acceptable removal option for you.

If you have a medical problem, your healthcare practitioner can also assist you. They can, for example, give antiviral drugs to prevent a tattoo removal operation from causing a herpes flare-up. They can also refer you to a dermatologist if necessary.

The Dangers of Getting a Tattoo Removed Too Soon

We recognize that the tattoo is causing significant anguish and worry, and you feel the need to have it removed as soon as possible. However, speeding up the procedure is the WORST thing you can do. This is because performing treatments on a healing scar is equivalent to picking at a scab, resulting in permanent scarring and skin disfiguration.

When treating 'wet' or fresh ink in healing skin, the laser fragmented ink particles might lodge in the new collagen strands of the healing skin, permanently changing the skin's natural color. It can also cause the healing process to be slowed, resulting in more scar tissue and fibrosis in the skin.

So, what's the worst-case scenario? Would you rather wait a few more weeks for safe and total tattoo removal than to hurry in and cause a worse, more permanent problem than the initial tattoo?

Even if the design is so horrible that you can't stand looking at it, cover it up, wait, and schedule your appointment for when the moment is right.


If you're thinking about getting a tattoo erased, you should explore all of your alternatives just like you would while getting a tattoo. Remember that tattoo removal may be costly and time-consuming, so if you're going to have it done, be sure it's done correctly and professionally.

At Inkology Tattoo Removal, we provide the best tattoo removal products to make your skin smooth again. We try to make tattoo removal as pain-free as possible for a smooth and efficient process. View our catalog to learn more!

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