Laser tattoo removal is a relatively simple procedure with little down time. One of the questions we get on a regular basis is what the tattoo treatment area will look like during the laser tattoo removal process. Everyone is different, but here is a general guide of what you can expect the treatment site to look like in between treatments.
Stage 1 – Initial Care
Immediately after the laser is finished targeting the tattoo, the initial care phase begins. Sometimes the tattoo will appear puffy and red, other times you will experience frosting. The tattoo may burn slightly or feel like a sunburn. In some cases there will be minor bleeding. You will want to keep the tattoo moist during this stage and follow the aftercare instructions closely. This stage usually lasts up to 72 hours.
Stage 2 – Healing
As the tattoo begins to heal, blisters may form over the tattoo. The tattoo may still appear red around the edges and slightly blotchy. As the tattoo continues to heal the redness will fade and there may be some scabbing or pealing. Do not pick the tattoo and continue to follow your aftercare instructions. This stage usually lasts three to ten days. Itching is very common in this stage.
Stage 3 – Fading
As your immune system begins to kick in and carry the ink particles away, your tattoo will begin to fade. The fading may not be noticeable to someone who looks at the tattoo every day. One good way to gauge the fading is by taking pictures. Areas with lower ink density (shading and gray wash) will fade faster than areas with higher ink density (outlines or solid fills). Tattoos will fade at different lengths, so be sure to check out our facebook page for pictures of tattoo removals in progress or our gallery of before and after pictures.
If you have any concerns about what your tattoo looks like between appointments or you want to get started on your laser tattoo removal journey today, give us a call. Remove a Tattoo is a physician performed tattoo removal treatment center serving the greater Milwaukee area.