The Health Risks of Laser Tattoo Removal

When deciding on the best method for tattoo removal you may not think that laser is the safest route, but if you’ve been reading our blogs for a while then you know that laser tattoo removal is actually the safest and most effective way to erase and fade unwanted ink. Read on to learn about the health risks of laser tattoo removal and what you should know before going through the process yourself.

Laser tattoo removal is safer and more successful in removing tattoos than creams, surgeries, chemical peels, or even dermabrasion. However, that doesn’t mean that it comes without its own set of risks.

Undergoing laser tattoo removal is very safe when done by a certified laser technician with experience using the laser. With this in mind, there are still quite a few questions we get on a regular basis.

Laser Tattoo Removal Health Risks

The laser is so effective because it penetrates the skin, without damaging the outer layer of the dermis, to really target and break up the ink particles so that your body can flush them out. Choosing a reputable clinic with certified and experienced laser technicians is only part of the job, ensuring that your side effects are minimal you must follow up with complete aftercare.

As part of your treatment at MEDermis Laser Clinic, we make sure our clients know that we are available 24/7 to answer any questions or concerns that may arise during your removal and healing process.

In our 15 years of experience we have been asked some good questions – take a look through some of the most helpful ones that will certainly be relevant for your tattoo removal.

  • What are the risks of getting a tattoo removed? Some of the laser tattoo removal risks involve infections, burns, keloid scarring, and textural changes to the skin. Keep in mind that proper aftercare and an experienced technician are both key to ensuring minimal side effects.
  • I have sensitive skin, should I be worried? No! We have removed and faded tattoos on all types of skins. However, if you do have sensitive skin that is prone to scarring, burning, etc. then you will want to be extra careful and sure to follow the aftercare instructions provided by your laser technician.
  • Will the removal site bleed? It’s possible to experience pinpoint bleeding after a laser tattoo removal session although it is very unusual.
  • What type of laser is used? At MEDermis Laser Clinic we only use the best tattoo removal technology and at the moment the best is the Spectra Pico Plus laser system by Lutronic. The Spectra Pico laser delivers light at incredibly high energy for a tiny fraction of a second onto the skin. Additionally, it has four different wavelengths which allow us to target and control the intensity level of the beam.
  • How long does it take to heal? While the immediate sensitivity and discomfort will likely subside within a few days your skin will need a few weeks to fully recover. This is why we schedule sessions 6-8 weeks apart.
  • Will my skin scar or blister? The Spectra Laser by Lutronic that we use leaves virtually no scars. However, it’s important to know that people with scarring disorders such as keloids may have an increased risk of forming a scar. To lower your risk, follow all of our instructions carefully – both before and after sessions.

We hope these questions shed some light on why aftercare is so important to minimize the risks of long-term damage to the skin. Our goal at MEDermis Laser Clinic is to erase your ink while keeping you safe and healthy. To ensure that your laser tattoo removal is as safe and effective as possible you will have an in-depth consultation with one of our certified laser technicians.

MEDermis Laser Clinic Can Help!

Removing your tattoo can be done safely, but be sure you consult the pros! We’re proud to have been serving clients in Austin and San Antonio longer than any other clinic in the entire southwest region of the U.S. Contact us today to schedule your FREE consultation!

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