If a tattoo is fresh (only a few months old), is laser even an option, or would 15-20 sessions still not remove something so fresh/dark (it's only black, 2 inces wide x 6 inches long)? I'm fairly pale, and my skin really absorbed the ink. Also, is excision not an option on an "active" area like the shoulder blade? Even w/grafting? I know the scar would be major, but I desperately want the tattoo gone.
How Soon After a "New" Tattoo Can You Start Laser Removal?
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The R20 means that the tattoo can be removed in less visits to the office.
Six weeks at a BARE minimum but the longer the better....
Wait 6 weeks to Treat a
First, we recommend waiting six weeks before removing a new tattoo with a laser. Laser is the first line treatment for tattoos, as the chance of scarring is remote. With an excision of the upper back and shoulder regions, there is significant risk of a thickened scar or keloid, in your case, possibly six inches in length.
With older, nano-technology lasers, these type of tattoos could take up to 15-20 sessions, but with our new Picosure pico-second laser, we are seeing resolution of these types of tattoos in half the treatment sessions, roughly 4-6 treatments.
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Typically a tattoo shouldn't be lasered until the skin is completely healed from the tattooing. Generally this takes at least 6 weeks.
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I recommend waiting six weeks after getting a new tattoo to have it laser removed. This is because you need time for the skin to heal after getting a new tattoo. If the skin is not healed you may have complications like scarring. The colors you have described are difficult to remove. Black ink is the easiest color to remove.
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A tattoo can be removed immediately after it was placed. Based on the description you provided, it may require a few more sessions to get rid of the tattoo. Usually black ink tattoos take up to 5-10 sessions. In some cases more. You should consult a laser surgeon to choose an appropriate laser & setting for the tattoo removal therapy.
Tattoo removal with laser and surgery
Tattoo removal is performed by laser and surgery. Tattoo works by selectively targeting pigment in the tattoo. Once the laser is used, macrophages in the skin remove tattoo particles.
Surgery is reserved for tattoos that are resistant to laser tattoo removal. Surgery is not indicated for areas that are dynamic, like the joints, shoulders, mid back, and chest.
Since the laser targets the tattoo pigment, it can be performed early after laser hair removal, as long the epidermis is intact.
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When Can I remove my tattoo?
This is a common inquiry that we often get. You need to wait at least 6 weeks from when you initially got the tattoo. If you have a laser treatment on the tattoo earlier than this you can risk of the area being scarred. It may take 8-10 sessions but also it depends on your body's ability to break down the ink particles. It would not be recommended to have excision on the shoulder due to the constant movement that it will undergo.
You may be a good candidate for a procedure called the R20 where it compresses 4 sessions into one treatment. Each session is spaced apart with 20 minute intervals. This is a quicker way to remove any small, black tattoo.
Best of Luck!
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