The Truth About Laser Tattoo Removal

Tattoos are said to be something that you will have for the rest of your life. Is it true?

Laser tattoo removal is a procedure that is available these days for a large number of people. This is working with the help of selective thermolysis. There are several different lasers used and their energy affects the dyes and the carbon particles that can be found in the tattoo. This way the unnatural pigment can be selectively destroyed and the damage caused to the skin of the patient is minimized.

Tattoo removal through laser can be used in case of professional, amateur, medicinal, cosmetic and other kinds of tattoos, but the varying colors might have different reaction to the laser. This is an effective and non-invasive solution for getting rid of the unwanted tattoos.

Laser Tattoo Removal

Is there any pain associated with laser tattoo removal?

Every person has a different pain threshold. In case of a lower level, the pain associated with the procedure is similar as if you were snapping a rubber band against your skin. In case of higher fluencies you may need local anesthesia.

This way you won’t experience any discomfort while having the procedure. It may also be necessary to use anesthetic cream.

How many treatments you needed in case of tattoo removal with laser?

In order to get rid of a tattoo you will need several treatments at an interval of 4-8 weeks, no more. After the last session the lightening of the tattoo could go on for months. Usually the black tattoos made by amateurs are easier to remove than the professional ones.

Postoperative care

After the laser tattoo removal you could expect to experience the appearance of blisters and swelling. Also right after the treatment you may experience white crusting. Everything that appears after the procedure should disappear in about two weeks.

After each session of the tattoo removal with laser you will be able to see the tattoo lightening for about 4-8 weeks. In order to help the healing procedure and to avoid infection you may need wound care. Usually it is suggested that you use ointment with antibiotics and you should change the dressing.

In order to be able to remove multicolored tattoos through tattoo removal with laser there will be need for multiple wavelengths.


It is possible to experience pigment changes after laser tattoo removal, caused by the fact that the wavelengths that are used also absorb melanin that is the natural pigment of the skin. This means that the skin can get lighter or darker. Darkening of the skin happens more often, and this might be something temporary but also it could turn into something permanent.

Who is a suitable candidate for tattoo removal with laser?

Anyone who has an unwanted tattoo is a suitable candidate for the procedure. The majority of the colors can be lightened or even eliminated. In case of skin colored ink, due to laser tattoo removal, the ink could get irreversibly darker. This has been seen happening to white, flesh-toned, pink inks and also light brown inks up to now.


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