Tattoo Removal Side Effect

I read an article from medicinet that around 10% of Americans has permanent tattoo. Unfortunately, 50 % of those people want their tattoo removed after a period of time. The question raised is

What are the side effects of removing permanent tattoo?

It depends on what techniques are going to be used to remove the tattoo. Using traditional methods such as excision, dermabrasion or salabrasion are obviously could cause more side effect of heavy infection. Well, the past few years, laser technology has been popular way to remove tattoo. This laser treatment minimize the side effect of tattoo removal. Below are the minimal side effects to tattoo removal by lasers. Even these are minimal side effect, you should know it well before taking the decision.

1. Upon removing tattoo using laser, there is a risk of infection in the tattoo area. It means that there is a small chance that the laser burn will leave you with a permanent scar.

2. As laser has burning capability, you might have the treated skin paler than the surrounding skin. Or you might have the treated skin is darker than the surrounding skin. In medical term, they call risk of hypopigmentation for the first case and risk of hyperpigmentation for the latter case.

The side effect of tattoo removal sometimes depend on the color of the tattoo. It is not because the color affect the laser behavior. But because the color could determine the length of laser treatment. Some colors can be easily removed and some colors need more treatment.

In the end, it is better to consult to a experienced physician on laser tattoo removal because the treatment could be different from one case to another.



May 4, 2009 at 4:01 AM

some people just suggested me to think twice before getting my first tattoo. I think there's no way to remove completely a tattoo without side effects. But if you think twice than you will never get one. Tattoos are not for people who think twice. If you want to get a tattoo, just get it, and never regret it. If you think twice about it, just leave it, tattoos are not for you.

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February 16, 2010 at 5:15 PM

I'm in the same boat with the 50%, can't stand my current tattoo but removal is just so costly.


June 4, 2012 at 6:00 AM

In general, tattoos are not well received by the public and often create a barrier to employment. Individuals with tattoos. are often perceived as antisocial, aggressive, or immature and as being unable to accept controls and authority.


June 20, 2012 at 3:08 AM

Unpublished data from the Candela Laser Corporation indicate that, in the United States, 9-11% of men have tattoos and 50,000-100,000 women actively pursu tattooing as body art each year. Finally tattoo like to everybody.