New vs. Old Tattoos in Laser Tattoo Removal

We are frequently asked, does it matter if my tattoo is old or new when trying to remove it?   There is a lot of conflicting information online.   So let’s set the record straight!

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The truth: With the newer FDA approved Q-Switched lasers such as the Trinity laser system used at LeBeau Clinic in Pensacola,  the playing field has been leveled between older and newer tattoos.  Older tattoos have a slight advantage.  The ink content could be a simpler compound and is usually black in color.

Why? We have seen with time, aging, and sun exposure most tattoo inks will fade slightly. The lower the quality of the tattoo ink the quicker the ink breaks down.   Your body sees ink as a foreign invader or an unnatural element.  As a result,  your body’s immune system will try to remove some of the ink over time naturally.

So what is considered an old tattoo? In our opinion, tree years or more can be considered “old”.  No matter what the age of your tattoo – a number of factors determine how quickly a tattoo fades away including density of ink, how deep the tattoo artist went into the dermis, health of the client, location of the body (further from the heart, it takes a bit longer), immune system of the client, and physically activity. A marathon runner’s tattoo will fade more quickly than a couch potato.

How soon can I start a laser tattoo removal after getting a tattoo? Your tattoo should have time to heal before starting laser removal. Many people call us within the same day as getting a tattoo – in this case we will have to wait a little while to begin treatment, but we can go ahead and schedule your consultation at that point.

trinity rgb web The Gold Standard of Tattoo Removal: The gold standard for tattoo removal remains treatment by an experienced provider using multiple wavelength Q-switched lasers in a series of treatments spaced 6-8 weeks apart.  The number of laser treatments will be based on the tattoo location, quality and character of the ink as well as ink density, patient skin type and overall health of the client.  This is a proven effective method for tattoo removal which works very well with minimal discomfort and very happy patients.  It is important to remember that tattoos are meant to be permanent and all tattoos present a significant challenge for removal.  Performing laser tattoo removal is an evolving skill which requires use of the appropriate laser wavelength, adjustment of the timing and power settings to match the appropriate tattoo inks, and requires significant experience and judgement on the part of the practitioner.

We have invested in the newest laser technology and are proud to be the most state of the art laser tattoo removal center serving the gulf coast communities of Pensacola, Pensacola Beach, Mobile, Dothan, Navarre, Ft. Walton and Destin.

At the LeBeau Clinic, we pride ourselves on unmatched customer service, quality care and genuine results.  We look forward to taking great care of you.

If you would like to schedule a consultation for laser tattoo removal contact us and find out about our available evening and weekend appointments.  We can evaluate your tattoo & guide you in the most effective way to remove your unwanted tattoo.


1020 North Palafox Street
Pensacola, Florida 32501
850-308-1738