New patients often ask me how long they have to wait to begin PicoSure laser removal treatments after getting a brand new tattoo. A good rule of thumb is 4 weeks but this can vary by size, site, patient health and other factors. For example, a small tattoo with little ink is definitely ready at 4 weeks but a large tattoo with delayed healing and tons of ink might not be ready for 6-8 weeks. We must understand that each patient is unique and heals differently depending upon the site and size of the area that was tattooed. Occasionally a person may have an allergic reaction to a particular ink which can delay healing even more. Someone who is immunocompromised can similarly be delayed in healing.
Even though numerous patients wake up the next day and immediately regret their tattoo, it’s important to ensure the tissue is fully healed before exposing it to laser energy. The health of the skin directly correlates to the removal process. Even in a normal course of treatments a patient who doesn’t properly care for the treated area will experience a less than optimal removal. Remember that much of the ink is transported away via the lymph system as it passes into the clear fluid between cells. If this area is still clogged with debris following the tattooing process then the clearance is significantly diminished.
Lastly, even though a patient should wait 4 weeks before their 1st treatment there are still clinics that don’t adhere to this good rule of thumb. Unfortunately, if you want a specific treatment quickly, the world is full of people who will oblige regardless of the risks. If you need a professional, medical treatment please leave it to a doctor or nurse who is trained and certified in a particular area. Better yet, give me a call and see what a difference there can be in laser tattoo removal with a professional, experienced PicoSure nurse. I can be reached by phone @ 512-479-9997 or just stop by my NEW location in Austin, TX: Austin Medspa on W. 6th St.