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Does It Make a Difference if You Remove a Month Old Tattoo and a 5 Year Old Tattoo?

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Tattoo removal

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I believe it does make a difference if youre removing a yr old tattoo vs a 5 y/o tattoo. younger tattoos respond better to laser treatment


New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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The age of the tattoo does not matter as much as the color

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The most important aspect of the tattoo is what color your tattoo is and not the length of time that you had the tattoo.  It is easier to treat if you have a black tattoo.  Difficult colors are the greens, pinks, yellows.  You should not have a problem with treatment just because the tattoo is five years old.  Please find an experienced dermatologist in your area for treatment.

Michele S. Green, MD
New York Dermatologist
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Age does not matter

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As long as long as they are on separate areas, there should be no issue.  If one overlaps the other, then the ink will be harder to remove.

Stuart H. Bentkover, MD
Boston Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Tattoo Removal Age Question

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The age of the tattoos does not matter other than the older tattoo may respond more easily if all other factors like color, quality of work and ink are the same.  The fact that you are treating tattoos with two different ages on the same day does not matter.  Good luck.

Harold J. Kaplan, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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