The tattoo is completely black ink, consists of 5 small symbols across my chest, has only had 1 touch up, and is over 2 years old. I am young, with pale white skin. I had 5 laser treatments so far and seem to bleed a lot. Yet the only difference I've seen are tiny white dots forming in the tattoo. You can't see a difference at all unless you look at it closely and it's not fading well. Am I doomed, should I have more patience, or should I try seeing a different specialist? Thank you.
Is This Normal or is my Tattoo Removal Specialist Not Doing a Good Job?
Doctor Answers (2)
Questions to ponder if tattoo laser is working slowly or not at all
Based on your description you may be responding less than would be typical. There are factors that may come into play, including the type of ink but also the laser which is being used and the settings.
Assuming you have an experienced laser physician, the settings are likely okay but you may wish to ask directly.
The most effective lasers for tattoo reduction are the Q-switched lasers, specifically Q-switched YAG and Q-switched Alexandrite. In some cases with less than expected response, it may be worth considering switching from one to another (e.g. using a YAG instead of Alexandrite or vice versa). Different brands of the same laser may have differing profiles and sometimes it's worth even trying a treatment with a different brand of the same laser (e.g. a different YAG).
All this is worth a discussion with your MD....
Bleeding and minimal results after tattoo removal
The first question I would ask is who is performing the removal? It should be a board-certified dermatologist because they are truly the specialists. The bleeding does not seem normal. I would discuss this with your doctor.