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The Sun and Tattoo Removal

July 19, 2017

Now that the beautiful summer weather has arrived, many of us here in the Pacific Northwest love to get outside and enjoy all our region has to offer.  From hiking the Cascades, to beach combing the Olympic Peninsula, or taking in a Mariners game at Safeco Field, we are out in the fresh air and sunshine, taking it all in.  Enjoy the outdoors, but remember to protect your skin from the sun.  Here’s what you need to know about protecting your skin from the sun if you’ve had a recent tattoo removal.

Advancements in laser technology have made significant improvements in the ability to remove tattoos.  Today, laser tattoo removal is a common practice and one that is usually very successful.  That said, there are still some factors that effect the success of tattoo removal such as ink color and quality, location, the age of the tattoo and sun exposure. 

Sun exposure affects laser tattoo removal 

Sun, or UV, exposure affects laser tattoo removal because of how it affects the pigment in your skin.  If your skin is tanned or burned, it can be harder to remove a tattoo because the skin is more vulnerable and it is harder for the laser to break up the ink particles in the tattoo. 

It’s best to wait a few weeks after sun exposure, to have your tattoo removed.  If your skin is tan, or burned, it can be harder to remove and require more treatments and you could run into adverse effects like burning and scaring.  

About sun exposure after treatment

We at Sound Tattoo Removal recommend waiting at least 4 weeks before exposing your skin to the sun or using a tanning bed.  Because your skin is more vulnerable after laser treatment, we encourage our patients to cover up or use a sunscreen to avoid UV exposure or burning of the treated area, which could lead to burning, blistering or scarring. 

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Because we use the most advanced laser available, we can generally complete your tattoo removal in 40% fewer treatments than other providers. The number of treatments depends on your tattoo. Contact us today and tell us about your tattoos. You can even send us a photo. We’ll let you know what it’ll take.

Tattoo ink exists deep below the first layer of skin. In order to reach all of the ink in the skin, multiple treatments are needed to break up the ink in layers. The size, depth, and color of the inked area is also a factor in the number of treatments needed. In your consultation, our Seattle Tattoo Removal Master Aesthetician will be able to give you greater insight as to what your tattoo removal treatments will entail.

Contact us today and tell us about your tattoos. You can even text us a photo. We’ll let you know what it’ll take.

In many cases, yes. However anyone seeking tattoo removal treatments should be aware that there are many factors which will determine the final results of laser tattoo removal treatments.

Get in touch. We'll set up a time to talk, or ask you to text us a photo of your tattoo. We'll work with you to put together an affordable, low-hassle tattoo removal plan so you know what to expect before you begin.

Patients who have received tattoo removal treatments with the Cutera enlighten laser compare the sensation to having a rubber band snapped against their skin. Not bad, right? But even better: Sound Tattoo Removal operates within Sound Vascular under the direction of a Medical Doctor. That means that unlike most tattoo removal centers, we can offer most patients lidocaine, a topical anesthetic to numb your skin. While your tattoo is being removed, you'll barely feel a thing.

Many patients report some redness and swelling. It doesn’t last long, and you can go about your normal work and family life immediately after treatment and throughout the process.


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