Is It Easier to Remove a Tattoo the Earlier You Do It?

Example: once you get a tattoo is it easier to get rid of it if you try and take it off weeks or months of getting it?

Doctor Answers 2

Laser tattoo removal

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In general, a ten year old tattoo may be more stubborn to remove than a recently placed tattoo. It is best certainly, to await all inflammation to subside prior to removing a freshly placed tattoo. Most people come in after a tattoo has been there for a year or more and they respond well . Older tattoos might not fade as much with the same number of treatments as a younger tattoo.

Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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Tattoo removal

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You are not alone. An estimated 20 million Americans sport tattoos. Laser technology has made great strides in eliminating tattoos. The laser's short pulses of intense light pass harmlessly through the top layers of the skin and are absorbed by the tattoo pigment. This causes the tattoo pigment to fragment into smaller particles that are then removed by the body's immune system. With the array of state-of-the-art lasers, these all help to remove tattoos of all colors, shapes, and sizes, but it will take several treatments.

Michelle Copeland, MD, DMD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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