Side Effects of Tattoo Removal

If you received a tattoo when you were younger and now you regret that decision, you are not alone.  It is estimated that at least nineteen per cent of the people living in the UK come to regret this decision when they are older. Due to the large number of people looking for ways to remove their tattoo, the medical industry has developed new ways of tattoo removal that are less expensive and less painful.

There are many different medical techniques and products on the market today promising to help you get rid of your tattoo.  Laser tattoo removal is the most common treatments used to help people remove their unwanted tattoos. This process has become popular because it has been very successful at diminishing tattoos with minimal side effects of tattoo removal.

Laser Tattoo Removal

With laser tattoo removal, pulses of laser light are directed into the tattoo.  This light works to break down the pigment of the tattoo which causes the tattoo to fade.  Each treatment includes about thirty pulses of light to be administered.  These light pulses do cause some pain as they are being applied and many people compare this pain to being snapped with an elastic band.  Your tattoo removal specialist will advise you to take an over-the-counter pain reliever the morning your procedure is to be done.  A local anaesthetic can also be applied to help reduce the amount of pain.

The complete healing time after this type of procedure is between six to eight weeks.  You will be able to resume normal activities as soon as the procedure is over but you may experience some soreness in the location that was treated. Your specialist will send you home with a complete set of aftercare directions that you should follow exactly as directed.  This process requires between six and twelve treatments depending on the size, colour, age and type of tattoo that you have. 

Side Effects of Tattoo Removal

The tattoo removal process has come a long way in recent years but there are still some side effects of tattoo removal that you should be aware of before you have the procedure done.  You can expect there to be some swelling, redness and soreness in the area that was treated.  These side effects will lessen with time and should be gone anywhere from two days to two weeks after treatment. You will also be at a higher risk of infection right after the treatment is done and your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic to help fight any possible infection.

In some cases, discolouration of the skin is noted to happen which will cause either hypopigmentation, which is the lightening of the skin or hyperpigmentation, which is the darkening of the skin.  In some cases this discolouration fades away over time but for some people the effect is permanent.  There is also a chance of scarring done to the area and this is experienced by about five per cent of the people who have this treatment done. Some of the other side effects of tattoo removal are caused when a person shows an allergic reaction to the treatment as the tattoo’s dye begins to break down.  This is rare and the doctor will be able to treat the reaction immediately.


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