With the proper laser, calibrated correctly, and a knowledgeable laser tech, laser tattoo removal is a very safe and effective way to remove an unwanted tattoo. When properly calibrated the laser will deliver extremely short pulses of intensely focused light energy into the skin where that energy is absorbed by the pigment in the tattoo ink. The ink particles heat rapidly, shatter, and cool off before permanent damage to surrounding tissue can occur. The shattered ink is then small enough for the immune system to remove through a natural process. The after effects of laser tattoo removal treatments do mimic a second degree burn in most cases. Redness, tenderness, scabbing, and blistering are all very common. These effects are often fully healed within a few weeks.
Occasionally, scar tissue is present in the tattoo prior to treatment and can be felt as a raised area in the tattoo. When a scar is already present, it is possibly for it to become visible once the ink is removed.
Even more uncommon, a patient may have a high incidence of scarring or a history of abnormal scarring such as keloids. In these cases it is possible that the trauma caused to the skin during laser treatment may cause some scarring.
All of this will be discussed during your consultation. You will then be free to decide if laser tattoo removal is a good choice for you.