How sun exposure can affect your laser tattoo removal

We often get asked about laser tattoo removal and sun exposure. Is it possible to sunbathe before and after your laser tattoo removal treatment? In this article, we are going to give you all the information you need, and hopefully, answer your questions.

We’ve already discussed in Laser tattoo removal and the immune system that having a healthy immune system helps with the healing process and can aid in faster results. However, sun exposure is also worth being aware of.

Sun effects on the skin

Laying in the sun is one of the best ways to spend a day. We all want to achieve that healthy glow. The sun increases the production of Vitamin D and Melanin in the body. Some call Vitamin D the sunshine vitamin. It’s important in the role of maintaining healthy bones and teeth, supporting the immune system, and increasing metabolism, to name just a few.

It’s the Melanin that soaks up the radiation from the sun, and this is the reason our skin turns brown.


The increased production of melanin in the body causes you tan or burn. So, as a result, when you are ready to get rid of or fade that tattoo, your skin might not be as responsive. Therefore, making it harder for the laser energy to fragment the tattoo ink underneath the skin’s surface. The skin needs to be as close to the natural skin tone as possible. This gives us the best possibility of removing your tattoos in the least amount of treatments. The darker the tan, the more treatments it may take to remove the tattoo.

Sunbathing before and after treatment

Two most common questions we get are: Can I sunbathe before laser tattoo removal? And how long after laser tattoo removal can I go in the sun? Well, it’s advisable to wait at least 6 weeks before and at least 4 weeks after treatment. You’ve committed to get rid of your tattoo, and you want to see the best possible results. Therefore, you might need to sacrifice a few days in the sun. However, think about when your tattoo has been completely removed…you’ll be able to go lay in the sun for as long as you desire!

If you must go in the sun and it’s unavoidable either before or after your treatments, then try keeping your tattoo covered up with loose clothing when possible and use a sunscreen. At Goodbye Tattoos Sydney, we love BeachFox Sunscreen. Not only is it SPF 50+, but it’s clear, quick-drying, and non-sticky! And limit your sunbathing to 10 minutes at a time.

Fake tanning

If you are wondering about fake tanning during the laser tattoo removal process, try not to use any fake tan products at least 2 weeks prior and post-treatment.

It’s important to maintain a healthy immune system, because the more toxins in the body, the slower the process, and this also applies to toxins absorbed by your skin. Furthermore, some fake tan products contain activators, which may react with the laser treatment and this can lead to skin pigmentation.

To sum up….

Exposure to the sun increases levels of melanin which leads to tanning and burning. If you experience blisters or broken skin during the laser tattoo removal process, then getting sunburnt, will be painful and could cause scarring. This, in turn, could lead to a longer ink elimination process overall.

If all the necessary care is taken when undergoing laser tattoo removal, it won’t be long before you can sit in the sun all day and show off your tanned body to all your friends and family.

At Goodbye Tattoos in Neutral Bay, Sydney, our friendly laser tattoo removal specialists are ready to answer any questions. Get in touch today

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