The age of your tattoo influences how easily it may be removed. Tattoos that are older tend to be easier to remove since they have already faded over time. As a result, older tattoos usually take fewer sessions to erase than younger ones. However, this doesn't mean that you can't get rid of a young tattoo — just might take more time and require multiple treatments.
There are several ways of removing a tattoo. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages. Which one is right for you depends on what you want to happen once the tattoo is gone. If you just want to fade the remaining pigment, then light etching is recommended. This process uses chemicals to break down the pigments without damaging the skin. A laser can also be used for this purpose. It creates heat which destroys the pigment while causing little or no damage to the surrounding tissue.
If you want to get a new tattoo in its place, then choice of color greatly affects how easy it is to remove the previous one. Dark colors like black and dark blue will make an old tattoo stand out even more. They're also harder to match with clothes or skin tones. Light colors like white and yellow are much easier to read against their background. They're also good choices if you're looking to cover up an embarrassing story behind your tattoo.
In general, removing an older tattoo will require fewer sessions than removing a new tattoo. Contrary to popular belief, darker inks are simpler to erase than lighter inks, with black ink being the most easily removed. However, there are several factors that may affect how quickly or slowly a tattoo fades including the quality of the ink, where on the body it is placed and how long ago it was done.
In general, the earlier a tattoo is removed, the better. The skin's immune system is still developing so it's less likely to react badly to the removal process. Also, newer tattoos use pigments which are more likely to wash out during the first few years after they're put on. When removing these types of tattoos, many people prefer to do so in stages over a few months to avoid white marks from showing through.
Some people may feel uncomfortable having someone else touch their tattoos, but this doesn't mean that they can't be removed. Many reputable tattoo artists will not only touch their clients' tattoos but also do detailed drawings and paintings under the skin. This allows them to give you an accurate representation of what your tattoo look like once it's been removed.
Finally, some people may feel self-conscious when others stare at their tattoos for too long. If this bothers you, then it might be a good idea to remove one every now and then.
The tattoo will take longer to fade since the ink is fresh on the skin. For the best results, it is recommended to wait at least six weeks after getting a new tattoo to begin the laser tattoo removal process. During this time, your body has had enough time to heal and there is no risk of damage or scarring from the procedure.
Once you start seeing results, you can expect the process to be more difficult and slow. It may take several treatments over several months or years before all of the ink is gone. However, once all of the pigment is removed, the scars left by the treatment will not be visible.
At-home laser tattoo removal is not recommended because it can lead to scarring and other problems if used improperly. Your tattoo artist should know how to avoid drawing more ink onto your skin while tattooing so there are no extra steps that can affect how soon you see results.
In addition to waiting at least six weeks, it is important not to pick at old tattoos. This can spread the ink deeper into the skin and make it take longer to fade away. Also, keep in mind that darker colors will fade away faster than light ones.
You should also remember that tattoo ink is made up of many different chemicals which can be harmful if they get into your system.