Before starting the process of laser tattoo removal its important to understand that results may vary with each individual. Some tattoos partially fade after a few treatments and may leave a faint outline of your tattoo, like a “ghost image.”
The number of treatments needed for laser tattoo removal cannot be predetermined as it varies from each patient and multiple sessions will be required. Be cautious of places that guarantee removal after a specific number.
After treatment, it is normal to have blisters, swelling, raising of the tattoo, pinpoint bleeding, redness, and temporary darkening. These common post treatment symptoms subside after a few weeks.
The most common side effect of laser tattoo removal is the darkening or lightening of the skin known as hyper or hypo pigmentation. The laser targets pigment and the coming and going of color from the tattoo and your skin is normal. This goes away with time and usually takes about 6-12 months.
Potential risks of laser tattoo removal are infections, burns, and textural changes of the skin. Scars are potential risks where the skin is raised (keloid scarring) or change in texture.
We do not treat cosmetic tattoos because of the type of ink used. Cosmetic tattoos contain iron will oxidize or darken immediately after treatment because of titanium dioxide. These tattoos will darken with laser treatment and will not produce favorable results.
Laser tattoo removal is safe when performed by a qualified clinician or doctor. Ask to see before and after pictures of patients with similar skin type and tattoos.
PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal- Post 3 Treatments