How Long Before New Tattoo Can Be Removed?

I have a fresh tattoo that didn't come out the way I had hoped. Matter of fact, it was done yesterday and I feel quite distraught about it.

It is about 5 or 6 inches above my ankle bone and is a sun with a black center and orange/red flames. I did it to cover up a very old and tiny tattoo and wound up unhappy.

How hard would Tattoo removal be and how long do I have to wait to get started since it was just done?

Thank you,

Doctor Answers 11

Tattoo Removal

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In order to remove a tattoo, you must wait  6 weeks from the time it has been placed. We are unable to tell how many passes over the tattoo it takes, it depends on your bodies ability o break to the tattoo and get rid of the ink. Every patient is different. We know that black does better than color, smaller is better than larger, non-smokers do better than smokers, older tattoos do better than newer and tattoos close to the heart does better then on the extremities. 
The R20 means that the tattoo can be removed in less visits to the office. 

New York Dermatologic Surgeon

How long should I wait before starting Tattoo removal?

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The skin cell cycle is approximately 35 to 57 days. Thus, patients should wait six to eight weeks after getting a tattoo to consider laser tattoo removal treatment.

William Kirby, DO, FAOCD
Manhattan Beach Dermatologic Surgeon

Wait at lease 6 weeks before attempting to remove a new tattoo.

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You should wait until the skin completely heals from the tattoo process before treating the tattoo.  Generally this takes at least 6 weeks.  Then seek out a professional with a pico-second laser like a Picosure.  Best of luck!

How soon

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laser tattoo removal can be done 6 weeks after a tattoo is done.  It should not be done sooner than that. 

1 1/2 - 2 Months is what I recommend

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I usually recommend to wait between 1.5 - 2 months before removing the tattoo. The Tattooed area has to0 be completely healed before doing anything to it.

Best of lucks!

How Long Before New Tattoo Can Be Removed

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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. Black ink is the easiest color to remove.

Hardik Soni, MD
Summit Emergency Medicine Physician
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Wait a Few Weeks Before Removing New Tattoo

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Tattoos traumatize the skin. Therefore, it is generally recommended that you wait anywhere from two to six weeks before undergoing another procedure. Based on the colors you described, I would probably use a PicoWay Laser to remove your tattoo. Consult with a board-certified dermatologist who specializes in tattoo removal to determine your best timeline and options.

Laser tattoo removal

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Laser tattoo removal can be performed on fresh tattoos if the skin has epithelialized and well healed. 


Dr. Karamanoukian 

How Long Before a New Tattoo Can Be Removed?

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Tattoo regret is quite common, and I am sorry for your problem. Most of us would tell people you should wait for about 6 weeks for this to be treated – but over the years I have treated these tattoos pretty quickly and have had some success in doing so. You need to make sure you are going to a really skilled provider that treats lots and lots of tattoos and that they have several types of tattoo lasers available to treat the different colors you are describing.

Find a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon to treat this – and you need to know it takes several to many treatments to remove a tattoo. We have several new lasers available now which are better than previous ones; both of the Q-Switched variety and the new Pico second lasers – which may, and I say may, work faster in removing tattoos.

Michael Gold, MD
Nashville Dermatologic Surgeon
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New tattoo after removal

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Timing for this depends on your skin healing after the tattoo placement. I usually have patients wait roughly 2 weeks after getting a fresh tattoo before beginning laser removal treatments. As far as your colors are concerned, you will require a q switched 1064nm Yag for the black portion and ideally a Q switched 532nm green laser for the yellow and red flames. Hope this helps.

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