The Pros and Cons of Laser Tattoo Removal

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For most people, a tattoo is an art, the ultimate expression of one’s self. For others, tattoos are a source or regret, something that has to be eliminated for good. If you are dealing with bouts of tattoo regret, chances are, you want to have it removed.

When it comes to tattoo removal, technology has come a long way. Laser tattoo removal is a proven safe and fairly painless way to remove tattoo permanently. This process is the most effective method of fading out unwanted tattoos of any size. And if you’re curious about the treatment and what to expect, we’ve put together a list of laser tattoo removal pros and cons for you to consider:

The Pros of Laser Tattoo Removal

Relatively Painless

We can’t say that laser tattoo removal is 100% painless because it’s not. In fact, some patients believe that removing a tattoo is more painful than having it done. The process requires an intense beam of light to pass over the affected area. The light will break down the ink bit by bit until the tattoo gradually fades. Most patients describe the sensation as having a hot rubber band being popped on the skin. The laser will leave the skin red and inflamed temporarily.

It’s Non-Invasive

Laser tattoo removal does not require anesthesia or surgery. There is no incision made so there is no bleeding involved. The entire process is very quick with barely any downtime. It won’t put you out of commission for days. In fact, you can go back to your normal routine after each session.

High Success Rate

Is laser tattoo removal effective in removing tattoos of all kind? You bet! Laser treatment has a very high success rate, in general, including tattoo removal. You might not see the results right away, but the treatment will gradually fade out tattoos permanently.

The Cons of Laser Tattoo Removal

May Cause Skin Irritation

Because a powerful beam of light passes over the tattooed skin several times, the affected area is left red and sensitive to the touch. In some cases, the affected area becomes inflamed. This procedure is also known to cause mild skin allergy. To be on the safe side, we recommend consulting your doctor first before committing to the treatment.

Risk of Infection

Because the skin becomes inflamed, it will become itchy as it heals. This increases the risk of infection. Skin infection does occur though extremely rarely. Taking antibiotics reduces the risk of skin infection but again, you need to consult your doctor first. Also, it helps if you keep the healing skin hydrated to reduce itching. You can do that by applying a topical ointment or Vaseline. You can also use regular lotion but make sure that the affected area is free from cuts or wounds.

Uneven Skin Color

There are also rare cases of uneven color occurring after completing a laser treatment. This happens when the skin pigment reacts with the powerful laser. The exposure to extreme light can trigger melanin production. When this happens, the affected area becomes darker than the surrounding skin. If this occurs, make sure to apply sunblock to the affected area to keep the sensitive skin from darkening even more.