Is it easier to remove old tattoos or new tattoos?
At first glance, it may seem that new tattoos would be easier to remove. They’re new and haven’t been on your body for very long. If it’s anything like ink you write with, it’s easier to remove when it’s fresh.
But the truth is, removing tattoo ink isn’t like that. It’s counterintuitive, but it’s almost always going to be easier to remove older tattoos. New tattoos are actually more difficult to remove.
Why are old tattoos easier to remove?
There are three main reasons why old tattoos are easier to remove:
1. Old tattoos receive more sun exposure
Direct exposure to the sun causes ink to fade. The longer you’ve had the tattoo, the more sun exposure it’s likely to have. But sunbathing or going without sunscreen will not get rid of your tattoo — it’s more likely to damage your skin even more and increase your risk for skin cancer. Skin cancer is absolutely not worth the risk, so don’t try to remove your tattoo through excessive sunbathing or attempt any at-home tattoo removal methods.
2. New tattoos traumatize the skin
Tattoos are tough on the skin and traumatize it with quick injections that can puncture the skin nearly 3,000 times a minute. This process can leave the newly tattooed skin bruised, swollen, and punctured. Tattoos take time to heal, as freshly tattooed skin requires special treatment, like moisturizing, avoiding getting the area wet, bandaging it while it heals, and avoiding picking at scabs that will result in scars if they are not left alone.
The best laser technicians will not remove a brand-new tattoo until the healing process is completed, which can take anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks. Removing a brand-new tattoo causes pain rather than the discomfort that is typically experienced when removing an older tattoo. It can also result in complications such as unnecessary scarring, hyperpigmentation, and/or hypopigmentation.
3. Your body has been fighting off older tattoos for a longer period of time
Tattoos fade naturally over time, even without regular exposure to the sun, and this is due to something called body rejection.
Your body perceives ink particles from a tattoo as a foreign threat and will break down the ink particles down over time, causing tattoos to fade. This is an occurrence that happens for all tattoos. The longer your body has been fighting off a tattoo, the more that tattoo will fade.
But that will not erase the tattoo on its own. If you want the tattoo to be removed, you need to rely on laser tattoo removal. Laser tattoo removal accelerates this process by breaking down ink particles into even smaller pieces, which makes it possible for the body to flush these particles out and get rid of the tattoo for good.
Laser tattoo removal accelerates this process by breaking down ink particles and separating the ink into even smaller pieces, making it easier for the body to flush out and finally rid itself of the tattoo.
What tattoos are easiest to remove?
Age is only one factor that can determine how easy a tattoo removal can be. Other factors include:
- Ink colors (black ink is generally the easiest ink color to remove)
- The number of inks used (1 ink color is easier to remove than multiple colors)
- Skin color, tone, and type (light skin is easiest to work with)
- The location of the tattoo (places where the ink can be easily rubbed up against, like your feet, or are used a lot, such as your hands)
- The types of lasers used
Taking these factors into account, an older black tattoo on light skin on your feet, hands, or palms will be very easy to remove compared to a new purple and turquoise tattoo on darker sin located on your back.
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