Laser tattoo removal is generally a safe procedure, but like any medical treatment, it does carry some risk of side effects. The most common side effects of laser tattoo removal include:
- Pain: Laser tattoo removal can be painful, although most people tolerate the treatment well. The pain is usually described as similar to the sensation of being snapped with a rubber band.
- Swelling and redness: The treated area may be swollen and red immediately after the treatment. This usually subsides within a few hours or days.
- Blistering: Blistering is a common side effect of laser tattoo removal, especially in the first few days after treatment. These blisters are usually small and resolve on their own within a few days.
- Infection: There is a risk of infection with any skin procedure, including laser tattoo removal. It is important to keep the treated area clean and to follow your doctor’s instructions for care after the treatment.
- Changes in skin color: The treated area may be lighter or darker than the surrounding skin after laser tattoo removal. This is usually temporary, but in rare cases, the skin color change may be permanent.
- Scarring: Scarring is a rare side effect of laser tattoo removal, but it can occur. This is more likely to happen if the tattoo was deep or the person has a history of scarring.
TakeTatt will be able to advise you on the best course of treatment for your specific situation.