One of the most frequently asked questions we receive from people considering tattoo removal is, “When is the best time of year for laser tattoo removal?” You might get answers like “now” or “sooner is better than later,” but we prefer to focus on the season. Winter is actually the best time to get most beauty and skin treatments done, so you should schedule your tattoo removal in the winter.
In general, it is better to begin laser tattoo removal treatments sooner rather than later, and while we do not necessarily recommend waiting 9 months to begin, winter is the easiest time of year to recover. Tattoo removal in the winter provides a good time frame for healing and is free of inflammatory heat. Here are a few more reasons why we believe winter is the best season for laser tattoo removal.
Reasons to Book Your Laser Tattoo Removal in the Winter
Have a good time in the sun.
A professional laser technician will create a customized treatment plan for your specific skin type, color, and sensitivity level during your first visit, but they will also advise you to avoid the sun for several weeks before and after each treatment. Tanned or burned skin can affect the outcome of laser tattoo removal. A tan or sunburn, for example, will alter the sensitivity of your skin, increasing the likelihood of irritation during and after treatments. Furthermore, sun exposure increases melanin production in your body, making your skin more vulnerable to burns during laser tattoo removal. Sun exposure during the healing process in between treatments can also cause peeling and blistering, which can lead to scarring.
There is also the possibility of hyperpigmentation, or the permanent removal of skin pigment. To reduce the risk of hyperpigmentation, avoid the sun for several weeks following a treatment to allow the skin to heal. During the colder months, it is much easier to avoid the sun because you are not spending as much time outside and your skin is almost completely covered when you are. When you choose to have your tattoo removed in the winter, you can relax knowing that you will be able to fully enjoy your summer as you wish, without having to cover up your freshly cleaned skin.
Hairy does not have to be frightening.
The treated area of your skin will need time to heal after any laser tattoo removal session, and it cannot be shaved, waxed, or even plucked. Hair removal methods should be avoided because they may open scabs and cause blisters. This is yet another reason why the winter season is ideal for laser tattoo removal. Winter clothing that is longer and warmer will easily conceal treated areas, alleviating any concerns you may have about going “au naturel” while your skin heals. Allowing your hair to grow out in the winter isn’t a big deal; after all, it’s just hair.
It will be more exciting to reveal your progress.
Before you begin laser tattoo removal, keep in mind that it is not a one-time procedure. You will most likely come in for 8-10 short sessions.
During this time, your tattoo will gradually fade and may begin to look spotty, depending on your treatment plan, the ink colors in your tattoo, and the laser used during the procedure. Most people will still cover up these treated areas, especially if they are visible on their bodies, but this becomes less of an issue during the winter months.
If you have an unwanted tattoo you would like removed, start today and be ready for the summer. Contact us for a free consultation.