Fast Tattoo Removal: Factors That Affect How Quickly Your Tattoo Can Be Removed (And What You Can Do to Help)

This short article will give you some tips and tricks on how to speed up tattoo removal process.

Before I jump into how to take care of laser tattoo removal, I want to make something clear.

The speed of getting your tattoo removed depends on MANY different things. Factors both before getting your tattoo removed (your age, health, etc) and factors after getting your tattoo removed (proper care and following the clinic’s instructions).

This article will focus on post-tattoo removal care. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to learn more about other factors that influence the speed of laser tattoo removal.


Can I tan after laser tattoo removal?

The short answer – no.

It is always dangerous to expose recently laser treated skin to sunlight for a week as this will potentially increase the thermal injury to the skin resulting in blisters.

Tanning beds or sun exposure causes darkening of the skin by stimulating the melanocytes to produce melanin.

In non-scientific terms: it can be dangerous and you shouldn’t do it.

The same goes for tattoo removal sun exposure, not just tanning beds.

You should protect the skin over the tattoo throughout the course of treatment to keep the skin from tanning. You can help by covering or using a high degree of sunblock to the tattoo treatment area after the first week of treatment passes. During the first week after your treatment, the area should always be covered.

Laser Tattoo Removal requires commitment and you must treat your tattoo removal care process as a top priority.


Can I smoke cigarettes after getting my tattoo removed?

It might sound unrelated, but smoking is one of the key factors that can slow down the treatment process.

The tobacco toxins found in cigarettes constrict the blood vessels and reduce blood circulation.

During tattoo removal treatments, the emitted laser light and heat energy will break down the ink into smaller pieces allowing the immune system fighting cells to remove these ink particles from the body.

Anything that reduces the ability of these cells to come and go as they remove tattoo ink will slow the process down.

You can help by reduction or cessation of smoking as part of your tattoo removal care plan.

Body Habits and General Health

Your general health influences how quickly your tattoo will be removed.

And improving your general health should always be on the top of the list for you, whether you’re getting a tattoo removed or not…

Here are a couple of things to think about:

You shouldn’t consume lots of alcohol before laser tattoo removal… And realistically throughout the whole process.

If you’re not overweight, keep it that way.

If you are overweight, consider eating healthier and exercising more because…

As body weight increases there is a general reduction in the speed of tattoo removal.

Blood circulation plays a role here. As weight increases, the body’s overall metabolic function worsens. Glucose resistance becomes more of a problem potentially leading to diabetes. This worsens circulation.

Also as one’s general health declines, skin blood flow may worsen and skin integrity may decline. This may require a prolonged (but safer) treatment plan.

A healthy lifestyle plays a big role in tattoo removal care. Not only will it positively affect the speed of the treatment process, but it will also improve treatment outcomes.

Below is some more information about other factors that influence the speed of tattoo removal.

How quickly your tattoo is removed depends on many different factors:


The size of the tattoo may have an effect on how quickly it can be removed. This is due to the fact that each area of your body has different blood circulation (which directly affects how quickly your tattoo will be removed).

So if you have a half-sleeve tattoo starting from your fingers to your elbow, then your fingers may take slightly longer to remove since the blood circulation is less prevalent.


Tattoo ink sits underneath the top layer of your skin.

But there’s more to it than that…

Different colored inks reside in different layers of the skin.

Red ink does not sit in the same layer of your skin as does black ink. Make sense?

So if you have a tattoo with lots of color, it’ll take a different amount of time to remove than a tattoo with only black ink.

Age of Tattoo:

The age of the tattoo influences how quickly it can be removed.

I want you to think about tattoo ink as a foreign invader to your body, almost like a cancer cell.

Whenever any sort of foreign invader (whether a cancer cell, flu virus, dirt, etc) enters your body, then your body does its best to rid that foreign invader.

So tattoo ink naturally fades over time because your body is naturally trying to get rid of it.

As a result, a tattoo that’s one year old will be much darker and brighter than a tattoo that’s 30 years old.

Consequently, a 30-year old tattoo is often easier and quicker to remove (all other factors – age and health of the person, the color of the tattoo, etc) remains the same.

Location of Tattoo:

The location of the tattoo affects the speed of the tattoo removal process.

It all has to do with blood flow and circulation.

Areas of your body with better circulation will flush out the ink particles and remove them faster than areas with less circulation.

Your neck and chest will have better circulation than your fingers and toes.


The overall health of the individual will affect how quickly a tattoo can be removed.

If you smoke 2 packs of cigarettes each day, are 75 lbs overweight, and never exercise, then your tattoo will most likely take longer to remove than someone who is very healthy, exercises a couple of times each week, and manages their stress properly.