Will I Have Scarring after Laser Tattoo Removal?

scarring after LTR

When it comes to tattoo regret, there are two choices you have as solutions to getting rid of that unwanted ink. The first is to have the tattoo covered-up with another larger, and darker tattoo. The second, is to have laser tattoo removal to completely remove the ink from your skin for good.

More and more patients with tattoo regret are choosing to have laser tattoo removal with today’s advanced technology that can completely remove the ink from your skin in as little as 4-6 sessions. But after the ink is drawn out of your skin, are you going to be left with an unsightly scar that still brings unwanted attention to the area?

How the PicoSure Treatment Is More Effective

At Laser Aesthetic Center, we’re proud to offer our patients the latest technology in modern day tattoo removal with the use of the PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal treatment.

Traditional methods of laser tattoo removal work by heating the ink you want removed, but certain colors of tattoo ink absorb laser light making it more difficult to completely remove the ink from the skin, or requiring more treatments to get the desired results.

PicoSure works by absorbing the light, heating the tattoo ink, and fracturing the ink into little particles making it more efficient for the ink to disperse and is a quicker overall process, sometimes often twice as quick as the old removal process.

Will the PicoSure Laser Scar My Skin?

Scarring from tattoo removal is based on a number of things. Scarring depends on:

  • The amount of ink you are having removed
  • How deeply it was applied when you first got the tattoo
  • How you care for the skin after treatment

Scarring is also preventable by using the appropriate amount of laser power used to remove the tattoo, referred to as fluence. Finding a qualified and experienced physician is vital in eliminating your chances of scarring.

Scar Prevention after Laser Tattoo Removal

Following aftercare instructions, as prescribed by the tattoo removal clinic is vital in reducing your chances of having scarring after laser tattoo removal. Post-removal care is very similar to post-tattoo care and includes:

  • Caring for your skin.

Keeping the treatment area clean and dry for as long as your physician recommends will help to prevent scarring by allowing the skin to properly heal before exposing it to other elements. Avoid swimming for at least two weeks after treatment and keep showers to less than 10 minutes.

  • Avoid picking.

Picking at any scabbing or peeling skin on the removal site will lead to scarring and can damage your skin cells.

  • Sunlight and UV rays.

Avoid direct sunlight while the skin is healing by wearing long sleeves or long pants while out in the sun to prevent exposure, and use a sunscreen when outdoors. Stay out of the sun completely while your skin is healing from laser treatment.

  • Scar minimizing cream.

Use a scar minimizing cream on existing scars to reduce their appearance. Following the manufacturer’s instructions for use and applying the product several times a day over several weeks can significantly reduce the appearance of scarring on the skin’s surface.

Laser Scar Removal

If you do experience scarring from a laser tattoo removal treatment, consult with your doctor about surgical or laser scar removal treatments. Laser and surgical treatments are often expensive, and only available in a medical setting, however they are most effective on severe scarring.

Even though scarring is rare and only occurs in less than 2% of cases, PicoSure must include this as possible side effect with its laser removal treatment.

Prior to your treatment session, our staff at Laser Aesthetic Center will consider your skin type and ask whether you have any history of scarring. If you’re concerned about the possibility of scarring from a tattoo removal, schedule your consultation with our staff today to learn more about how to remove a tattoo while protecting your healthy skin.

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