Anytime there is physical trauma to the skin, there is a potential for scarring, however, with the right laser the risk of scarring is extremely minimal. Some lasers are very effective in removing ink from the skin, but are not designed to do so. By using a laser for tattoo removal that was not designed for that task is a very risky move. Hair removal lasers, IPL, and CO2 treatments can cause major scarring if used to treat tattoos. In addition, improperly calibrated tattoo removal lasers can have an adverse effect on the skin as well which could lead to scarring.
There is also a heightened risk of scarring when you have a high history of abnormal scarring (think keloids), or you are a “bad patient,” like one of our laser specialists, and pick at your scabs. Following proper aftercare techniques; such as keeping the area clean, dry, and covered for the first few days; changing the bandage regularly; and allowing the tattoo ample time to heal between treatments, can reduce the already limited risk of scarring from laser tattoo removal treatments.
For a detailed list of proper aftercare procedures, click here… https://www.vanishdfw.com/vanish-laser-clinic-patient-concierge/laser-tattoo-removal-and-skin-aesthetic-after-procedure-care.html. When there is pre-existing scar tissue in the tattoo, be it from the tattoo process itself or some other trauma, it is likely that the scar tissue will be visible after the tattoo has been removed. The photo below shows a tattoo that was treated before coming to Vanish. There is significant scar tissue present in the “before” photo (top left) most likely from a laser not designed for tattoo removal or from an improperly calibrated laser. We were able to continue to lighten the ink with our Astanza Trinity Laser, however the pre-existing scar tissue remained virtually unchanged.
As always, don’t hesitate to talk to our laser specialists if you have any questions or concerns. It is our goal that you are not only pleased with your treatments, but are confident in the care you are receiving and that your tattoo is progressing properly.