Before & After: Tattoo Removal After One Session

Tattoos can be completed in one sitting, so why can’t the removal be done in the same amount of time? People are always surprised at how long laser tattoo removal can take, but the truth is that the laser removal process is much harder on your body than the process of getting inked. With that being said, tattoo removal after one session may show more results than you expect.

Can tattoos be removed in one session?

It’s very rare that a tattoo can be removed in just one treatment. The only cases where we’ve seen that happen were very light tattoos, applied in an amateur manner on fair skin. So what can you expect to see after one tattoo removal session?

Well, the clearance after one session is much like how many treatments it will take; every tattoo and individual will vary.

Laser Tattoo Removal Results After First Treatment

When you come in for your free consultation, one of our Certified Licensed Laser Technicians will be able to give you a realistic expectation of how your removal will go. However, we have seen successful 50% clearance on solid black ink tattoos, but more than likely, it may be somewhere between 10%-50% for a first session.

We want to ensure the entire process is as comfortable and straightforward as possible. While we have tons of experience and have a good idea of what to expect with different tattoos, every body is different. That’s why if your tattoo removal takes longer than the estimated number of sessions, we’ll continue treating the area at no additional cost for up to one year.

What happens after first session of tattoo removal?

While you can mostly go back to normal life after laser treatments, there are a few side effects to keep an eye on, and it may be best to lay low after your session if possible. After your first laser treatment, the area will get red and have some swelling. There might be a tingly sunburn sensation for 30-45 minutes post-treatment, and blistering is the most severe of side effects, which typically pops up within 24 hours of your first session.

Blisters are more common after the first 1-3 rounds of treatment which is why our Certified Licensed Laser Technicians will walk you through the steps of proper aftercare. With blistering, aftercare is extremely important and can impact your recovery and the success of erasing your ink.

We also want our clients to understand that getting blisters or not does not mean the treatment was any better or worse; it’s just the way the individual responds. So it is totally possible to have a safe and successful tattoo removal with little to no blistering.

What will my tattoo look like between laser tattoo removal sessions?

In the moments immediately after your laser treatment, you will see the treated area turn white – this is known as “frosting” and will only last a few minutes. Following this, you may begin to experience a little discomfort and blistering. However, this is nothing worse than the feeling of a sunburn, and a simple cold compress can help soothe.

As we said above, you should expect blistering and some irritation in the first few days after your first laser treatment. However, if you have any questions or concerns, we urge you to get in touch with us via phone or text. Oftentimes, ER doctors have not seen laser tattoo removal and will treat these blisters as a third-degree burn. As long as you follow our aftercare instructions, the area will heal up just fine!

We will advise that if you see discharge coming from the treated area or the typical symptoms haven’t subsided after two weeks, you should call a doctor as these could be signs of possible infection.

Remember, the blistering is your body trying to heal itself, and they will go away on their own with time. Do not pick at your treated area and follow the aftercare, and you should heal up nicely. Laser is the safest and most effective way to remove a tattoo, but it is not a magic wand and will not erase your ink in just one session. Laser tattoo removal is a process that you will have to commit to, but clients have always been happy with their results and say it’s worth the wait.

Before and after of arm tattoo after one laser session

Experience Safe Tattoo Removal at MEDermis Laser Clinic

If you’re curious about what the tattoo removal process could look like for you, schedule a free consultation with our team. We’ve been removing tattoos in San Antonio and Austin for over a decade, and our Certified Laser Technicians will put your mind at ease and clear up any questions you may have.

The MEDermis Laser Clinic team has years of experience and is ready to answer all of your laser tattoo removal questions. Are you ready to schedule your FREE consultation? Get in touch with MEDermis Laser Clinics today by calling our Austin tattoo removal clinic at 512-637-5277, the San Antonio tattoo removal clinic at 210-402-4030, or by filling out our online contact form.

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