Many people thinking about having laser tattoo removal are concerned about the possibility of scarring. This is a valid concern – it wouldn’t make a lot of sense to remove a tattoo and replace it with a scar. Scar formation as a result of laser tattoo removal treatment is a rare occurrence. Most people will not scar from tattoo removal. This post will discuss a few circumstances that can cause scarring.
Not following aftercare instructions
Following the aftercare instructions, both when getting a tattoo and when getting one removed, is vital to the prevention of skin related side effects. Properly caring for the tattoo as it is healing makes a big difference in what the skin will look like long term. This includes staying out of the sun, avoiding swimming, keeping the tattoo bandaged, and not popping or picking at the tattoo. Dr. Brotzman gives each patient detailed instruction for caring for the tattoo and is available to answer any questions during the aftercare procedure.
Scarring caused by the initial application of the tattoo
Sometimes scarring is pre-existing, meaning it happened as a result of application of the tattoo. This may be very noticeable or can go undetected. There is more chance for damage to the surrounding tissue during the tattoo application than the removal. If the tattoo is already scarred before removal, the scar will remain and will become more visible as the ink fades. During the consultation Dr. Brotzman will examine the tattoo site to determine if there is any pre-existing scars or tissue damage.
Improper laser devices for tattoo removal
Laser technology has improved a lot over the past decade. The older methods of tattoo removal such as using CO2 laser often did significant damage to the surrounding tissue and left scars and damaged skin in their wake. Today there are new laser systems that target the ink and don’t do any damage to the overlying skin. At Remove a Tattoo – laser tattoo removal clinic in Glendale, we use the most up to date tattoo removal technology, the Astanza Trinity laser system. These lasers allow us to treat all ink colors. We will use the most appropriate laser for your tattoo at the time of your visit. All laser treatments at Remove a Tattoo are performed by Dr. Brotzman.
Take home message
During your laser tattoo removal consult visit, should you decide to start the process that day, we cover the possibility of scarring and texture changes to the skin as possible side effects of laser tattoo removal treatment during the consent process. Scarring is an infrequent side effect of laser tattoo removal. Following the aftercare instructions, discussing pre-existing scarring during the consultation, and making sure you choose a laser clinic with up to date technology and a certified tattoo removal technician are all steps you can take to reduce your chances of scarring.