Can You Tattoo Over Laser Tattoo Removal

Can You Tattoo Over Laser Tattoo Removal.

Blog, Tattoo Removal

Yes, you can tattoo over laser tattoo removal. Cover-up tattoo removal allows you to either remove or fade your unwanted tattoo and cover up the clear skin with a new tattoo. However, before you book your next tattoo appointment, you must allow your skin to heal fully after completing your laser removal sessions.

Steps For Getting A New Tattoo

Now that you know you can tattoo over laser tattoo removal, follow these 3 steps before getting your new tattoo.

Complete All Tattoo Removal Sessions

Before you start planning your new tattoo, you need to complete all your recommended laser sessions. 

Tattoo removal sessions involve the use of lasers to break up the ink particles in the skin, gradually fading the tattoo over each session. The number of sessions you will need will depend on your skin tone, the age of your tattoo, the colour of your tattoo, the location of the tattoo, and the ink depth in your skin.

It’s important to attend all of these sessions as scheduled to ensure that the laser can effectively break down the ink particles. Skipping or delaying sessions can lead to incomplete removal of the tattoo, which will delay your new tattoo. 

Completing all of your laser treatment sessions will ensure that all the ink from the previous tattoo is fully removed to allow for your new tattoo to look its best.

At Pulse Light Clinic, we use the latest laser removal technology in our laser tattoo removal so that we can fully remove your tattoo within 6 – 10 sessions. 

Take Time To Heal

Allowing your skin to heal fully is essential before you can tattoo over laser tattoo removal.

During each laser session, high-intensity light energy from the laser is absorbed by the tattoo ink in the skin, causing the ink to break down into smaller particles. The body’s immune system then works to remove these particles from the skin, which can cause some inflammation and redness in the treated area.

It’s important to allow your skin time to heal and recover between laser tattoo removal sessions. This allows the body to flush out the broken-down ink particles and repair any minimal damage caused by the laser energy. 

Healed skin also creates the best base for a new tattoo as it reduces any chances of colour bleeding, uneven ink absorption, or scarring that could affect the look of your new tattoo.

To help your skin heal so that you can tattoo over the laser tattoo removal area, follow our effective post-laser care instructions after each session.

Get Advice From A Professional

To ensure your skin is ready for a new tattoo, have an accredited professional check how your lasered skin has healed.

The recommended healing time for getting a new tattoo after laser removal treatment is 6 – 12 weeks, but in certain cases, the healing process can be longer. By having your laser skin checked by a professional, you can then confidently book your first tattoo session knowing that your skin is healed and ready. 

Our tattoo removal specialists will happily advise you on whether your skin is ready for a new tattoo.

Risks Of Re-Tattooing

One major risk that could hold you back from getting your new tattoo is scar tissue.

Scar tissue is a build-up of damaged tissue that can occur after having a tattoo removed. Scar tissue can alter how receptive your skin is to hold the new ink, which can lead to your new tattoo looking uneven, patchy, or faded in certain areas.

Luckily, there is a low likelihood of laser tattoo removal causing scar tissue. While scar tissue is uncommon, have a professional assess the skin to check for potential scar tissue that could impact your new tattoo.

You can book a free consultation with us to assess your laser removal area so that you can confidently get your new tattoo.


How long until you can tattoo over laser?

The recommended minimum waiting time is 6 - 12 weeks after your final laser tattoo removal session. You should always consult a professional to ensure your lasered skin is ready for a new tattoo.

Does laser tattoo removal ever fail?

Laser tattoo removal is an effective method to remove a tattoo, but certain aspects such as tattoo age, depth of ink, and the laser used can impact the success of laser tattoo removal.

What is the hardest colour tattoo to remove?

Pastel colours, as well as yellow, green, blue, and white, are the toughest tattoo colours to remove. These colours tend to reflect the laser light during laser tattoo removal.

How do you cover a laser tattoo removal?

You can cover a lasered area with a new tattoo, ensuring you complete all your laser tattoo removal sessions, allow your skin to heal fully, and consult a professional.