Late fall and winter are great times to have a tattoo removed, as a New York Times article points out.
Why? Because the laser treatments used to remove tattoos are most effective on un-tanned skin.
“The danger is that your natural sun pigment—melanin—absorbs the laser light, and you end up with scabbing and crusting, then a temporary period of skin lightening,” a dermatologist told the Times.
But, as the Times article notes, “with winter on the horizon, patients are likely to keep their inked shoulder blades under chunky knits, safely out of the sun, for the duration of treatment.”
Tattoo removal often requires 6 to 12 sessions, so experts recommend scheduling before the winter season begins. Be sure to seek care from a physician experienced in removing tattoos.
Source: Saint Louis, Catherine. “A Change in Season and Regimen.” New York Times. Nov. 10, 2010.