Many clients want to know what their tattoo will look like immediately after their laser tattoo removal treatment. It is very natural to have concerns about the side effects. Laser tattoo removal is generally a safe and effective procedure, when done by a laser tattoo removal specialist, with minimal side effects. One of the side effects of tattoo removal is the white puffy frosting that occurs with tattoo removal.
What is frosting?
When the laser hits the ink in the skin it heats up the pigment. This causes gas or plasma to form, which is then released through the top layers of skin as carbon dioxide. The release of the carbon dioxide through the layers of skin causes the tattoo to become white and puffy, which is also known as frosting.
Frosting is a very temporary side effect lasting anywhere from 15-30 minutes following treatment. Ink colors respond differently to lasers so you may not see frosting with certain colors.
Is frosting a good thing?
Frosting is a good thing. It is a sign that the laser is effectively targeting the ink in the tattoo and that your body is responding. Frosting is generally more visible in the beginning of the tattoo removal process because there is more pigment.
If you have any questions about frosting or any other side effects of tattoo removal – give us a call today at 414-617-2849! Remove a tattoo is a physician performed tattoo removal clinic, located in Glendale, serving the greater Milwaukee area.