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Tattooing Over a Removed Tattoo

January 06, 2017

We are often asked whether a new tattoo can be put over the place of a removed tattoo. The short answer is yes, but there are some things to keep in mind when covering this sensitive area.

You have a variety of options when it comes to tattoo removal. You are able to completely remove it (a full removal), remove just a section of it (a selective removal), or just fade it enough to make it easier to cover up with a new tattoo. No matter what option you choose, your skin will be able to hold a tattoo with no major issues, but it requires some additional time and consideration before you hop back under the needle.

It is suggested that you wait at least 6-8 weeks before having the treated area tattooed over again. This is to ensure that your skin is completely healed and healthy before you pierce it with more ink.

Waiting is crucial to prevent your skin from rejecting the tattoo ink, causing it to become splotchy. Even small areas of scar tissue can pose a few challenges for a new tattoo. The skin surface will be uneven, and the ink will not disperse itself in the same manner.

Also, it is important to realize that scar tissue may rest on your nerve endings, which means tattoos performed across scar tissue are often more painful than standard tattoos on untreated skin. That said, it is not any more painful than laser treatments and you were able to sit through that! Either way you may have a different experience entirely when you choose to get a tattoo over scar tissue from a removal.

These are all things to consider when you are getting a tattoo in the first place. If you aren’t sure you will want it forever, you should rethink getting it permanently placed on your body. But if you do have a tattoo to remove, we are the people for you. Give us a call to help you discuss your options.

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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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