Does Tattoo Removal Leave Scars Or Blisters?

The question “Does tattoo removal leave scars or blisters?” is a common one

Whatever reasons may have lead you to start thinking about having a tattoo removed, it’s always best to do your research and ask all the important questions beforehand. One of the most common questions people have before committing to laser tattoo removal is,  “Does tattoo removal leave scars or blisters?”. In recent years, the technology used for laser tattoo removal has advanced significantly and the risk of ending up with tattoo removal scars or blisters has reduced significantly. It’s 2018 and tattoo removal lasers are now faster, cheaper, and more effective than they were in previous years. But, does that mean tattoo removal scars and blisters are no longer something you should worry about at all?

Why should I be be asking “Does tattoo removal leave scars?”

Many people are concerned about scars and blisters resulting from laser tattoo removal because they want their skin to look as natural as possible once the process is said and done. This is not an unreasonable expectation. Nobody wants to pay for a tattoo to be removed only to be left with damaged skin that makes one regret the entire process altogether. The process of tattoo removal is a unique one and even though scarring is rare there are extra steps you can take to ensure your skin looks and heals properly.

Preventing tattoo removal scars

Educate yourself on the laser tattoo removal process

Do research and ask questions before you do anything else. Patients that are informed in all areas of laser tattoo removal are more likely to continue treatment, handle side effects properly and be satisfied with their tattoo removal experience. Expectations should be realistic and you should be encouraged by the tattoo removal process as you learn how to get the best results and ensure your skin remains happy and healthy.

Hire a trained professional

When laser tattoo removal isn’t performed by a trained professional or outdated technology is used, there is a greater risk for tattoo removal scars. Older equipment can more easily heat the skin tissue to the point of causing permanent damage and scarring. Newer lasers shatter ink particles more efficiently with shorter pulses of light, leaving the surrounding skin unharmed. Always seek out a qualified tattoo removal technician who can answer your questions openly and honestly. Make sure to ask your technician the same question, “Does tattoo removal leave scars?”, and be cautious of any answer that doesn’t back up your own research on the topic. It’s even a good idea to seek out a registered nurse or physician who has the experience and expertise to ensure the tattoo removal process doesn’t result in pain or scarring. The right equipment in the hands of a well trained professional will reduce your risk of tattoo removal scars exponentially. A properly trained and experienced technician will want to gather specific information from you during your initial consultation. He or she will then determine your skin type and ink density which will help them adjust the laser settings accordingly for your treatments. Be curious, be cautious, and ask questions until you have little or no doubt in your mind you’ve find the right person for the job.

Follow The Laser Tattoo Removal Aftercare Instructions Religiously

When you first ask your tattoo removal technician “Does tattoo removal leave scars?”, you should expect to be informed of how to significantly reduce the risk of scarring through proper aftercare procedures. Proper laser tattoo removal aftercare is extremely important for preventing laser tattoo removal scars or blisters. These details will be explained to you in detail by your technician. Don’t rush to the finish line. Allow proper healing time in-between treatments. Expect that time to be between 4 and 8 weeks. Patience will return better overall results. The more time you allow your skin to heal, the less chance you’ll have experiencing side effects like scars or blisters.

Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated by drinking lots of water will help your skin before and after your treatments as well. This will speed up the healing process and your skin will thank you for it later.

Resist The Urge To Pop, Pick or Itch

Blistering is actually normal and is a sign your immune system is doing its job to heal the affected area by removing the ink from your skin, it’s just part of the healing process. Blisters are most likely to appear after your first couple treatments due to ink density, but do not pop them! If they do pop, let the skin flake off on it’s own. Do not pick or itch the skin away. Picking and itching can ultimately lead to  scarring or infection.

Keep It Clean

Your treatment site needs to be kept clean, but that does not mean it needs to be kept covered. With that being said, dirt or grime can interfere with the healing process which could induce skin related side effects. We recommend gently cleaning the area with light, mild or anti-bacterial soap and water a couple times a day. Avoid scented soaps. Scented soaps can irritate and/or inflame the healing skin. We even suggest avoiding high pulsating water around the healing area. Do not soak or swim in baths or hot tubs until the blister or scabs are fully healed. Areas of water like these contain bacteria that can invade the healing process which can lead to infection and scarring.

Stay Out Of The Sun

Remember our blog post about tattoo removal being best during the winter? Stay out of the sun. It’s no secret that the sun and UV light is the enemy of healthy skin. You need to keep your treated areas covered throughout the entire process to avoid burning or related scarring. The sun can also increase blistering and slow down the healing process. Your skin will be sensitive to direct sunlight for several weeks and/or months after your treatments. If you plan on going outside, cover up for the best results. If it’s merely impossible for you to do so then keep at least an SPF 25 sunblock on you at all times to protect the treated area as much as possible. Be aware, most sunblocks contain fragrance which can affect the healing process as well. Look for sunscreen that contains zinc. Wear it even if your clothes cover the treated area but you can still see through it. The sun can penetrate through clothing.

Alcohol And Smoking Are Not Your Friend

Don’t drink too much alcohol. Alcohol can dehydrate your skin and impede the ability of your kidneys and liver to flush out ink. Ensure your vital organs are operating at maximum capacity by drinking more water instead. You’ll feel better and have faster results. Smoking can reduce the success of tattoo removal by as much as 70%. Smoking restricts circulation, lowering the chance that the shattered ink particles will be carried away from the tattoo. This results in slower fading and a longer recovery time.