Due to the depth of treatment required to remove tattoo inks, the treatment is generally considered to be painful, although this will vary from person to person due to different tolerances to pain. Stinging or burning sensation will be noticed during the procedure, and the area treated may feel hot for some time after the treatment. Your practitioner can advise on ways to alleviate any pain and discomfort during the treatment with topical anaesthetic and cooling devices.
During the treatment, most patients will experience small white dots which appear on the skin for several minutes after each firing of the laser, this is only water vaporized by the heated tattoo pigment and fades within a few minutes. After the treatment, minor bleeding may occur, with skin redness, swelling and oozing, plus blistering appearing over the treated area.
The treated area may also feel very tender to the touch. This will fade for few days, once blistering, crusting or scabs have resolved, the area of skin over the tattoo will look shiny for a number of weeks. It’s vital that the skin is well looked after immediately after the treatment. The treatment site should be considered as a minor burn and should not be picked at and blisters should not be appear. There is a risk of infection if the area is not properly looked after, once the skin has returned to normal, generally after 4-6 weeks, then repeat the treatment can be performed.