Tattoo Removal Side Effects
Q-switched laser treatment can result in an allergic reaction to tattoo ink. The lasers can also darken yellow, flesh, and pink colors, when the ink oxidizes beneath the skin and essentially rusts. This effect can be impossible to erase. Scarring or textural changes of the skin tissues are possible too.
Purpura, a redish-purple discoloration of the skin, can occur from the shorter Nd:YAG wavelength (532 nm). The side effect can last one to 10 days, though it will eventually subside. In 80% of cases, alexandrite lasers can result in hypopigmentation (skin lightening), lasting an average of two years before finally vanishing - if it ever does.
Who shouldn't use it: Lasers can discolor and scar darker skin tones. The tanned are included in this group, so if you're sporting a summer glow, wait until the winter to undergo tattoo removal. The pastier, the better.
Recovery Time For Tattoo Removal
Multiple treatments will be required, so make sure to follow the aftercare instructions following each laser treatment.
Swelling or drying of the treatment area can last one to two weeks and, if not taken care of properly, can delay additional treatments.
After care for tattoo removal: Topical moisturizing creams are recommended for one to two weeks after an anti-tattoo zapathon to decrease the occurrence of scarring.