The laser treatment may create a superficial burn wound. There is immediate whitening of the treated area, which lasts for several minutes. Patients may then develop blisters, crusts, or scabs within 24 to 72 hours, which may last one to two weeks. Some patients may experience bruising or swelling. The treated area may be pink or pale after the scab separates. Loss of skin pigment in the treated area is common, but usually temporary. Most patients are able to resume normal activity and work the same day. Showering and bathing are usually not a problem, but sun exposure should be avoided in the treated area.
For several reasons, we can only estimate the number of treatments it will take to completely remove a tattoo, so please consult with our Symbios Medical Spa team. According to patient feedback, the pain is very minimal. Most patients find that minimal discomfort is well worth the removal of their tattoos.