Laser Tattoo Removal Scar

When getting the laser removal for tattoos, does it leave a scar and will it get rid of the tattoo completely?

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Tattoo removal usually leaves imperfect results.

Hi!  Three points:

1)  Tattoo removal is often not complete.

2)  The lasered skin can look bleached.

3)   If the tattoo color is deep, and the laser is done very deeply trying to remove all the color, then you can get unsightly scarring.

Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Tattoo Removal

The process of tattoo removal is a unique process where the individual colors are removed based on the unique colors of the different ink.  If the correct settings and lasers are used there should be no scar to remove the tattoo completely.  Please consult a board certified dermatologist with experience with tattoo removal for the best cosmetic results.

Laser tattoo removal requires multiple treatments

Generally speaking, laser tattoo removal does not result in scar formation. However, invariably, there is some loss of pigmentation especially with darker complected individuals. Over time this becomes less noticeable and sometimes the outline of the orginal tattoo can persist.

Scott Trimas, MD
Jacksonville Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Laser Tattoo Removal and the Possibility of Scarring

In general with Tattoo Removal, you should not have scarring. If the treatment provider uses caution and the correct power frequency, scarring should not be an issue. However, on occasion, an inexperienced laser tattoo removal technician could use too high of a power beam to try to break apart the colour, resulting in scarring. This is why it is important to only choose an expert and a reputable clinic when considering your laser tattoo removal.

Cory Torgerson, MD, PhD, FRCSC
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Scarring with Laser Tattoo Removal

When performed by a skilled and experienced technician/ treatment provider typically there shouldn’t be any scarring, but there is a possibility of hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation on a darker skin type.

Amateur tattoos clear faster as compared to professionally done tattoos due to depth penetration and quality of the ink being used.

Staying out of the sun directly before and after your treatment sessions will also prevent any scarring from occurring.

Mansour Bendago, FRCSC
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Laser tattoo removal typically provides an excellent cosmetic outcome when a performed by a skilled and experienced provider.  There is certainly the possibility of hypo or hyper pigmentation when treating tattoos in individuals with darker skin types but this has been a very rare occurrence in my experience.  
Amateur tattoos are often cleared more quickly than professional tattoos due to placement and quality of the tattoo ink.  Various colored tattoo inks (Yellow, green, blue) may also prove difficult to completely clear unless your provider has a laser with the applicable wavelengths and necessary energy for the colored ink absorption and thus clearance.  Do your research and find a provider you trust and I am sure you will be very happy with the cosmetic result.
Best Regards,

Jacque P. LeBeau, MD
Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Jacque P. LeBeau, MD
Pensacola Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Laser Tattoo Removal

Great question, it depends. New pico-lasers that fire energy over picoseconds have great success with tattoo removal. Even better than with the nanosecond laser I have. Nanosecond Nd-Yag lasers are built for black tattoos and do quite well, removing 95-100% of pigment from an area without a “negative” image of where the tattoo used to be. Colors are harder, especially reds and greens. Professional tattoos are harder than amateur ones that are more superficial. Smaller tattoos are easier to remove than their larger counterparts.

Bobby Buka, MD
New York Dermatologist
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Laser Tattoo Removal Scar

Yes laser tattoo removal will get rid of a tattoo completely and easier if it is black.MedLite C6 is best known as the industry's gold standard laser for multi-colored tattoo removal.

Jhonny Salomon, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Scarring with Tattoo Removal

Laser tattoo removal has been around for a while and there are many types of lasers that can effectively remove tattoos. The most important thing to remember is to make sure that the person doing the procedure is well versed in lasers and laser tattoo removal.  So, the answer to your questions — scarring with lasers can always happen – and can happen even in the best hands.  Tattoo lasers of today can remove tattoos completely and at times they do not --- each tattoo is unique and it may require many treatments and several different tattoo lasers to make things work.

Michael Gold, MD
Nashville Dermatologic Surgeon
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Not ususally

Scars are unusual but can occur, especially, I think, on the small of the back.  Post treatment wound care is very important.  This is a controlled second degree burn and must be treated as such to avoid scarring. 

Stuart H. Bentkover, MD
Boston Facial Plastic Surgeon
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