Laser tattoo removal is the only effective, noninvasive method for removing unwanted ink in the skin. Other methods for tattoo removal include salabrasion, dermabrasion, and others. There are also creams and ointments which are simply ineffective, and a waste of money and time.
Laser tattoo removal is a safe and effective procedure that produces minimal side effects. The mostly commonly experienced side effects are temporary redness, swelling, scabbing, blistering, and lightening or darkening of the surrounding skin. Some or none of these may be experienced. Proper aftercare is required to the treatment site to maximize healing efforts and to avoid risks of more serious, permanent side effects.
Laser tattoo removal is a simple procedure which requires both time and commitment from the patient. While the laser is being directed at the tattoo there is a slight sting, similar to a small rubber band snapping on the skin. Patients may experience slight discomfort, but overall treatments are very tolerable. If you are able to have the tattoo applied, you can definitely tolerate having one removed by laser.
After the procedure your skin will have a white discoloration and appear slightly swollen. This is typical and will disappear. Follow up treatments are typically 4-6 weeks, and are dependent upon the individual and tattoo being removed. This time is needed to allow the body to naturally flush away the ink, and for the skin to heal.