Can Laser Tattoo Removal Cause Blistering?

There are several reasons why people have tattoos and later decide to have their ink removed. When it’s time to have your tattoo removed, the best, safest and most effective method for eliminating tattoo ink is laser tattoo removal.

Laser removal involves targeting specific pigment and breaking it apart, then having the body use its natural processes to remove the ink. When looking into whether laser removal is right for you, it’s natural to be wary of potential side effects and research what you could experience.

Common Side Effects of Laser Tattoo Removal

Like many procedures, side effects are possible post-treatment. Common side effects of laser tattoo removal are minimal and uncommon in most patients. But you shouldn’t be alarmed if you find signs of frosting, scabbing, swelling, discomfort, itching, hypo- and hyperpigmentation and blistering.

Although there are several potential side effects associated with laser tattoo removal, they are the signs that your body is healing, and most are treatable. As long as you follow proper aftercare instructions, you won’t experience much discomfort after sessions.

The Truth About Blistering

While blisters can be painful and unsightly, they are signs that your body’s healing processes have begun. Blisters after laser tattoo removal sessions are often caused by the laser.

The laser heats up the ink particles in your skin which can then cause blood vessels surrounding the tattoo area to break. Therefore, blisters containing ink and water may appear on your skin. Luckily, the blister will heal anywhere between three and 14 days if properly cared for.

Aftercare Instructions

Every patient is likely to react to their laser tattoo removal differently, but you’ll experience less discomfort or side effects if you follow proper aftercare instructions provided by your technician. To ensure optimal removal results, follow these tips:

  • For several days after the procedure, keep your tattoo clean, coated with ointment and covered with a bandaged dressing.
  • To minimize any swelling or bruising, apply a cold press to the site as needed.
  • With blisters, avoid popping them and keep them coated with your ointment and dressings. With little interference, they will heal on their own.
  • Avoid immersing your tattoo area in hot water, including baths and saunas, for several days after the session.
  • Keep your tattoo out of direct sunlight, covering the site with clothing, bandages and sunscreen.

Trust MEDermis Laser Clinic With Your Tattoo Removal Today

With over 12 years of experience and almost 300,000 tattoo removals, MEDermis Laser Clinic of San Antonio and Austin, TX has the most experience to safely remove your tattoo with minimal side effects — even unpleasant blistering. To achieve our stellar 98 percent clearance rate and minimal side effects, we use the best laser technology — the Spectra laser — and removal techniques available.

During your free consultation, we’ll discuss with you the number of sessions required for successful removal and address any concerns you may have. For additional information, speak to one of our technicians one of our technicians in Austin (512-637-5277) or San Antonio (210-402-4030).