Are Older Tattoos Easier to Remove?

APRIL 5, 2022

As they get older, tattoos fade, which begs the question “are older tattoos easier to remove?” And the answer is yes.

Just like us, our tattoos inevitably age. With that, your opinion of your body art could change too. You may no longer like your tattoo, or you might even want it removed for another reason such as a career change, the end of a relationship or so that you can use that area of your body for a new design.

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Removing old tattoos

It’s easier to remove an old tattoo than a new one because old tattoos are already likely to have faded, meaning you will probably need fewer sessions to get rid of the remaining ink particles.

When it comes to what ages a tattoo, there are a few factors that come into play, which are:

  • Sunlight - The sun and UV rays in general are a tattoo’s worst enemy, especially those featuring only black ink. If you want to preserve your tattoo, you should take care to cover it or apply sunblock when out in the sun.

  • Bad aftercare - You should continue to look after your tattoo and keep it hydrated long after it has healed.

  • Weight fluctuations - Whether during pregnancy or in times of weight gain and loss, tattoos can stretch and distort along with your skin.

How many sessions does it take to remove an old tattoo?

The number of sessions it will take for old tattoo removal will differ from person to person, and it also depends on the tattoo itself. If speed of removal is a priority for you, you’ll be glad to know that our unique laser technology means that there is less downtime between sessions, so you can have them closer together and therefore enjoy a quicker overall removal experience.

This is made possible by the speed at which our LightSense™ laser pulsates, and the low energy it emits. It’s kinder to the skin and more precise than other systems, giving our clients an enhanced experience.