Is it easier to remove old or new tattoos?

Laser tattoo removal is great. It actually works to get rid of your unwanted tattoo. However the age of the tattoo can play a factor in determining how quickly it can be removed. Generally it is easier to remove older tattoos than newer ones.

Body’s natural reaction to the ink

Have you noticed how a 20 year tattoo looks a bit more faded compared to a 6 month old tattoo? This is because over time the body is trying to get rid of the ink. The body doesn’t like anything foreign in it. So it will naturally try to get rid of it.

However the ink particles are too large, so while it will may get rid of some ink, it can’t break it all down.

This is where laser tattoo removal comes in. Laser tattoo removal works by targeting the ink. The ink absorbs the laser energy. And the ink particles are shattered into tiny little pieces. This makes it easier for the lymphatic system to eliminate the shattered ink. The lymphatic system is the body’s natural cleansing system.

A tattoo that is 20 years old will have less ink than when it was a brand new tattoo. Thus making it easier to remove.

Sun exposure over the years

Spending time in the sun over the years may result in the tattoo fading naturally as well. The sun’s UV rays break down the ink particles ever so slowly. We are not suggesting you spend all your time in the sun. This is likely to damage your skin than work as tattoo removal.

But what we are saying is that sun exposure of the years will cause the tattoo to fade as it naturally breaks the ink particles.

This tattoo is 25 years old and only needed 6 treatments                       This tattoo is 3 years old and will need a few more treatments

Laser tattoo removal progress photo of black ink tattoo on the back                                                Laser tattoo removal progress photo of a black ink flying bird tattoo on a wrist

However, it is important to note that tattoo age is only one of the many variables we need to consider when it comes to laser tattoo removal. And how many treatments you might need. Also everyone reacts to tattoo removal differently. A consultation at Goodbye Tattoos includes a skin assessment. Where we look at all 8 variables to estimate how many treatments you might need.

For more information and to see what a laser tattoo removal treatment looks like head to our YouTube page. Or get in touch with Goodbye Tattoos today. Call 1300 74 50 74, email [email protected] or via our contact page

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