Understanding the Risks and Side Effects of Laser Tattoo Removal

Understanding the Risks and Side Effects of Laser Tattoo Removal

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Understanding the Risks and Side Effects of Laser Tattoo Removal

Laser tattoo removal has been around for over 30 years, prior to that other methods of removal generally ended in scarring and a high amount of side effects using acidic products or saline solutions.
Initially laser tattoo removal was introduced in the 80’s using photothermolysis to target specific pigment colours, with the use of the Ruby and NdYag lasers which allowed for the removal of black and green ink. This generally took anywhere up to 15 sessions. Lasers are rapidly being developed and it is likely that removal will eventually become even faster than it is today.

Initially laser tattoo removal began with nano second lasers, as of 2012 Pico second became and still is the forefront of tattoo removal. The development of the first Picosecond laser from the likes of Cynosure, with the Alexandrite Picosure laser chnaged the industry. Instead of 12-15 sessions, tattoos now take an average of 6 sessions. Here at Pulse Light Clinic, we saw the advantages of such new technology and have been using it since, more recently adding the Picosure Pro to our range with added benefits. After the introduction of the Picosecond lasers Picoway was developed from Candela, allowing for the safe removal of ink from Asian and Darker skin types, whilst still utilising the effectiveness and saftey of picosecond technology.

Pulse Light Clinic is one of the only clinics in Europe with such an extensive and high tech range of laser tattoo removal machines, important not only for results but also tattoo removal safety, treating all skin and ink types to the best degree. Book a consultation today to begin your journey towards a more confident you with Pulse Light Clinic.

Even with the latest FDA approved quality equipment there are still potential risks and side effects associated with laser tattoo removal safety. Although it is important to note that these risks are hugely reduced with quality FDA approved equipment, there are unfortunately many cheap alternatives that will not ensure the safety of the skin and will compromise the quality of the treatment.

Common temporary side effects 1-5 days

Erythema – redness due to the heat from the laser
Swelling – normal, more likely on extremities
Blisters – can be reduced with ice packs post treatment
Pin point bleeding- mostly towards the end of the sessions as the laser becomes deeper
Itching – skin irritation whilst the skin is healing, anti histamines can help

Rare side effects

Pigmentation – Hyperpigmentation (treatable with prescription creams)
Pigmentation- Hypopigmentation (mostly caused by itching or picking scabs post treatment, can resolve on its own with gradual sun exposure)
Scarring – extremely rare with our lasers (can be removed with CO2 or Halo lasers)

Aftercare of Laser Tattoo Removal

Caring for your tattoo after every session hugely reduces the potential risks and side effects. Having delivered, researched and developed tattoo removal for over 15 years, Pulse Light Clinic (unlike most clinics), has developed intense training schemes with Senior, Level 4 Practitioners, to ensure every tattoo removal journey is of the highest quality. The senior practitioners will guide each client on our tried and tested after care techniques, utilising high quality, breathable bandages and products, to minimise side effects and risks.