How Soon Can You Treat A Brand New Tattoo?

Tattoo removal isn’t only for old tattoos. You may have had a new tattoo recently but already be looking at getting it erased. There can be many reasons for this. Perhaps it didn’t turn out the way that you had hoped or imagined. The tattoo artist you chose to do the work could have performed poorly. You may have broken up with the person you had a tattoo to represent. Or you may have started a job and your tattoo is no longer appropriate. Whatever the reason, looking into getting it removed may now be high on your list of priorities. Fortunately, tattoo removal is easier and more readily available than ever before. 

What is laser tattoo removal?


Laser tattoo removal is really very simple. The laser works to break up the areas of pigmented color and then break them down so that they are no longer visible. Surprisingly, black tattoos are the easiest to treat since they absorb all lengths of laser wavelengths. All other colors in the spectrum can only be treated using laser wavelengths that are based upon the pigment color. 


The number of sessions you will need will depend on a variety of factors, including how large your tattoo is, the colors that are present within it and how well your body responds to the treatment. After each treatment, your tattoo will appear progressively lighter. 

How soon can I have laser tattoo removal on a brand new tattoo?


If you have had a brand new tattoo, the very minimum amount of time that you will need to wait to get it removed will be 8 weeks. However, depending on the characteristics of the tattoo (location, size, color etc), you may be advised to wait for a minimum of 4 months before starting the removal process. Please enquire with our team as to when you may be able to start laser tattoo removal treatment. 

The effects of having laser tattoo removal too early


Waiting to have your tattoo removed is absolutely essential in terms of safety and side effects. If you have your new tattoo too early, it can cause:

  • Excessive skin blistering, which is both painful and can result in scarring
  • Skin discoloration, which could be permanent. This arises because the broken-down areas of pigment can become embedded in the new collagen that your skin is producing as part of the natural tattoo healing process. 
  • Higher risk of infection and other complications 
  • Permanent scarring

It may also take an increased number of sessions to fully remove the new tattoo. This can mean increased expense as well as the inconvenience and potential discomfort of additional sessions. 



For more advice on laser tattoo removal, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experienced and knowledgeable team by calling our laser tattoo removal clinic today.