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Getting a tattoo removed by laser is tolerable — many patients compare it to a snapping rubber band. For additional comfort, we may numb the tattooed area with topical or local anesthesia, or with cool air.
Please keep in mind that:
It may not prove possible to remove 100 percent of your tattoo. Certain pigments are especially stubborn and may require multiple treatments or a different laser.
Multiple treatments (typically 6 to 12 or more) may be required, depending on the characteristics of the tattoo pigment and your goals.
After getting your tattoo removed, make sure to:
Use water and mild soap to wash the area, gently patting it dry.
Apply an ointment such as Vaseline twice a day until the area has fully healed.
You may use ice and acetaminophen (Tylenol) or oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
medications to ease any discomfort.
Tattoo removal side effects
Laser tattoo removal is well tolerated by most people, but please call us at 650-725-5272 if you have any questions or concerns.
In rare cases, you may experience:
Darkening of some cosmetic tattoos (especially eyeliner, lip-liner and flesh-colored tattoos)
Skin hyperpigmentation (dark discoloration) or hypopigmentation (lightening), though it's usually temporary
Indentations, scarring, depressions or other skin texture changes