So, you finally decided to get rid of that tattoo. Making that decision was probably tough, but the decision-making doesn’t end there!
When should you get your tattoo removed? Laser tattoo removal isn’t a walk in the park - it comes with its own risks that you must be careful about.
When picking out the right time to get your tattoo removed, you have to consider several factors - from sun exposure to the healing process and even your own personal comfort.
Let’s look at all the things you should consider and what the best time of the year is to get a laser tattoo removal.
How Weather Affects Laser Tattoo Removal
Weather, particularly sun exposure and environmental conditions, can significantly impact the process and outcome of tattoo removal. Here’s how the weather factors in.
Excessive sun exposure before and after laser tattoo removal can cause problems with the treatment. Sunburned or tanned skin is much more susceptible to damage during the procedure and can increase the risk of complications. You could end up with blistering, hyperpigmentation, and even scarring.
To ensure your skin is in the best condition for laser therapy, avoid any sun exposure and tanning beds for a while before your treatment.
Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun slows down the healing process after the laser treatment. This makes the recovery process much longer, and you may even see some side effects.
You should be protecting your skin from UV radiation anyway since it can cause photoaging and skin cancer, but it’s especially important to do this before your tattoo removal. You can wear clothes that cover the tattoo or use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF.
Heat & Humidity
After a tattoo removal procedure, you should avoid high temperatures and humidity. In hot and humid weather, you’re much more likely to sweat, which can increase the risk of infection at the removal site. This will naturally stretch the recovery time longer.
Avoiding intense physical activity and keeping the treated area clean and dry during the initial healing period is a good idea.
While cold weather doesn’t have a direct effect on tattoo removal, it does contribute by making things uncomfortable for you. Cold temperatures can sting, and when your skin is already raw from the process, it can hurt more. You can use numbing creams to make it easier for yourself.
If you live in an area with a cold climate, you should protect the treated area from extreme cold and harsh weather conditions to make sure it heals properly.
Seasonal changes can also cause problems sometimes. Not that the change in seasons causes problems on its own, but when you pick out the season depending on what provides the best conditions for healing, it won’t necessarily last that way.
You should be adjusting your post-op care depending on the day-to-day weather.
Which Season Is Best For Laser Tattoo Removal?
So, in which season should you be getting your tattoo removed? Every season offers different benefits in terms of environmental conditions, but which is the best one?
Winter is generally the best time of the year to get your tattoo removed. Because winters are cold and dry, you don’t sweat as much. So, you’re a lot less susceptible to infections than you could be during warmer days.
Winter days usually bring about less sun exposure since the days are shorter, which helps protect the healing site from UV radiation. Also, most people will bundle up and keep the healing site covered with clothing, and this does help matters.
Everything about winter is perfect for ensuring you recover from the laser treatment quickly.
That said, remember that tattoos are usually not removed in one sitting, and your sessions may extend into the spring and summer months.
The next best time to get your tattoo removed is the fall. As your summer tan fades away, the contrast between the tattoo site and the natural skin tone becomes much more apparent, making it much easier for your technician to target the ink.
The weather during the fall is also much milder, and you probably won’t be sweating much or feeling too uncomfortable. That said, there is still plenty of sun during this time, and you should keep the treated area protected. Even limited exposure can mess up the healing process.
Since your tattoo removal sessions can extend into other seasons, spring is usually an ideal time to begin the journey. Starting the process in spring gives you the time to get multiple sessions and let your skin heal before summer arrives.
By completing most of the removal sessions during spring, you can confidently showcase your tattoo-free skin during the summer. Any remaining fading or touch-ups can be addressed without compromising sun protection.
That said, you still need to protect the treated area from direct sunlight at every stage of the recovery process.
Summer is generally the worst time to get your tattoo removed. Not only is there more sun, but it’s also a lot harsher than the rest of the year. The humidity levels are also high, and so is the amount of sweat and perspiration - a recipe for disaster.
Still, summer isn’t always a bad time to get your tattoo removed. If your tattoo is in an area properly protected from sunlight, you can still consider going through treatment.
In general, though, it’s not a good idea to get your tattoo removed during summer.
Consult a Professional
To better understand when you should start with the process, you should consult a tattoo removal specialist, like Counterpunch Tattoo Removal. We will give you all the information about the process - from the factors to look out for, and post-op care.
Email us at email@example.com or dial 0419 028 854 for more info!