Will I need to avoid sun exposure after tattoo removal?

I'm planning to go on vacation to a tropical climate in a few weeks. Should I wait to start my laser tattoo removal treatments until I come back?

Answers from doctors (3)


Because we are a medical office and all certified here, our main goal is to remove the ink but at the same time, we do not damage the skin. If you are in the sun (and tan), this is considered sun damage and you would take a higher risk of losing skin pigment. We recommend waiting at least 2 weeks or more until you are no longer tan or sunburned.

Answered by Clean Slate Tattoo Removal at Vein Specialties (View Profile)

Because we are a medical office and all certified here, our main goal is to remove the ink but at the same time, we do not damage the skin. If you are in the sun (and tan), this is considered sun damage and you would take a higher risk of losing skin pigment. We recommend waiting at least 2 weeks or more until you are no longer tan or sunburned.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Brooklyn Laser Tattoo Removal, Inc.

Published on Mar 05, 2016

Our safety info says keep the tattoo out of sun 2 to 3 months after laser treatment. If it is not possible to cover it, use spf 50. Some of our patients skip a treatment, then wait 4 weeks after exposure before treatment. Since we care about our patients, we advise a treatment in April, then skip the summer and wait till October if you will be in the summer sun.

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Answered by Brooklyn Laser Tattoo Removal, Inc.

Our safety info says keep the tattoo out of sun 2 to 3 months after laser treatment. If it is not possible to cover it, use spf 50. Some of our patients skip a treatment, then wait 4 weeks after exposure before treatment. Since we care about our patients, we advise a treatment in April, then skip the summer and wait till October if you will be in the summer sun.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Celibre Medical Corporation

Published on Feb 11, 2010

Yes you should wait. Heavy sun exposure immediately after or shortly after a tattoo removal treatment can cause damage to the skin's natural pigment during the healing process. This goes for any time you have a laser tattoo removal procedure. You definitely want to protect the tattoo after the treatment by avoiding the sun until it is fully healed (at least 2 weeks).

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Answered by Celibre Medical Corporation

Yes you should wait. Heavy sun exposure immediately after or shortly after a tattoo removal treatment can cause damage to the skin's natural pigment during the healing process. This goes for any time you have a laser tattoo removal procedure. You definitely want to protect the tattoo after the treatment by avoiding the sun until it is fully healed (at least 2 weeks).

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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