Laser tattoo removal is probably the only effective tattoo removal method. It is a non-invasive process, unlike other tattoo removal options (dermabrasion, or surgical removal), which means the tattoo is removed without affecting the surrounding skin/tissue. It is done using specialized laser machines often referred to as Q-switched lasers. These are the best laser machines for this purpose, which makes laser tattoo removal the safest tattoo removal option as well.
Laser tattoo removal is a general topic that a lot of tattoo enthusiasts are interested in; after all, it is the best, safest option for getting rid of unwanted ink. Unfortunately, it is not common to discuss the skin condition once the tattoo removal is done, and whether one can ever again have a tattoo in the same spot (affected by tattoo removal).
That is why we’ve decided to tackle this question and bring it a bit closer to our readers. So, without further ado, let’s learn a bit more about laser tattoo removal and see whether you can get a new tattoo after laser removal.
New Tattoo After Tattoo Removal – Everything You Need To Know
Laser Tattoo Removal – How Does It Work?
Before we get into the topic of getting a tattoo after laser tattoo removal, it is important to understand how laser tattoo removal works. This will help us understand this topic more thoroughly.
Now, as we mentioned, laser tattoo removal is performed using Q-switched laser machines. These machines utilize something known as the photomechanical effect; thanks to this effect, the machine’s laser targets the ink inside the skin, sends a shock wave of infrared energy, and then dissipates the ink. But, how is this possible – how can a laser just target the ink in the skin?
Well, this process is made possible because tattoo ink absorbs the infrared energy, which ensures the ink is dissipated from inside out, after being sufficiently heated up.
This is a pretty simple and straightforward process. Unfortunately, laser tattoo removal does take anywhere between 8 and 10 sessions for simpler tattoos. For more complex, bigger, or lighter tattoos, the required session number can go up to 25. Of course, this ends up being a pretty expensive endeavor, especially if your particular tattoo requires more sessions.
Now, we have to point out that based on your own immune system, the body’s reaction to the process and the number of sessions can vary. Sometimes, some people handle this process super nicely and require only a few sessions. Others can experience some issues with their metabolism, which can end up increasing the number of sessions. Overall, the laser tattoo removal efficiency and success, as well as the number of sessions is determined by the tattoo location, ink color, tattoo size, and one’s own immune system.
Note: Laser tattoo removal works best for darker tattoos; black & grey tattoos or dark ink tattoos. That is because darker ink absorbs infrared energy much more efficiently compared to light ink. It is generally known that dark colors attract more energy and heat (think of wearing a black t-shirt out during a hot summer day – you’ll feel like you’re boiling), and the same applies to this process.
Laser Tattoo Removal – Healing and Aftermath
Even though it is the safest tattoo removal option, laser tattoo removal does affect your skin in such a way that the skin needs healing time after every single removal session. Once the tattoo is fully gone, it is common to notice increased skin redness, swelling, and even blistering and itching of the treated area. All of this is completely normal because the skin is now sensitive and recovering. All of these aftermath symptoms stick around for up to 2 weeks.
Serious, or adverse reactions to laser tattoo removal are rare. However, if the redness, swelling, and blistering stick around for longer than two weeks, one is probably experiencing serious skin damage and should seek medical advice.
New Tattoo After Laser Tattoo Removal – Is it Possible?
Laser tattoo removal is amazing for many reasons, but we have to point out how incredible it is to go through the treatment and have tattoo-free skin again. We find it even more amazing that one can get another tattoo in the same spot without experiencing any issues. Laser tattoo removal ensures your skin is a fresh canvas yet again.
However, things can get complicated for some people.
For example, it is pretty common for people to recover fully and completely after laser tattoo removal; this means they do not experience increased skin sensitivity – the skin returns to its normal, pre-tattoo, and pre-tattoo removal state. However, some people do experience slight skin damage, which increases skin sensitivity. This especially applies to cases where one is removing a tattoo that has been through infection or inflammation. This additionally damages the skin, leaving it super sensitive. However, with proper aftercare, skin sensitivity can be minimized or prevented as a whole.
Can I get a tattoo after laser tattoo removal?
And the answer is yes, of course, you can. People aren’t really aware of how resilient our biggest organ is. The skin is ‘designed’ to be as resilient as possible in order to protect our organs from external effects. It can simply handle damage and recover (we’re talking about less severe skin damage, but even in severe cases, the skin finds a way to heal).
Now, here’s what we recommend for the safest possible tattooing experience once you’re done with the tattoo removal;
- Wait until your skin fully heals; after the tattoo removal is done, try to wait for at least 6 weeks before booking a tattoo appointment. Even then you need to get your skin checked beforehand to ensure it is fully healed and no additional damage has occurred. Sure, 6 weeks may seem a long time to wait, but that is the period in which your skin will fully recover, heal, and be ready for a tattoo session.
- Make sure to see a dermatologist to check your skin professionally. Let the doctor know what your skin has been through and that you’re planning to get a new tattoo in the same spot. The dermatologist will let you know if it’s possible for you to get the tattoo done or not, based on the check-up result.
- Bear in mind that, as a result of tattooing and laser removal, your skin might be a bit more sensitive to pain than it used to be. This doesn’t have to be the case with you, but some people do report lower pain tolerance in the treated area.
And that’s it; hopefully, we’ve managed to explain this whole ordeal and provide you with all the necessary information. Of course, for more information and a professional opinion make sure to talk to your tattoo artist and a dermatologist. We think a visit to the dermatologist is simply a must when we’re talking about laser tattoo removal and re-tattooing of the same area. So, don’t be scared, it is your skin we’re talking after all. Pay attention to your body and health, and do not take it for granted. Sure, tattoos are fun and meaningful, but your health should always be the priority. Good luck and happy tattooing!