Why is only half of my tattoo blistering after my laser removal session? (photo)

I had my first session with tattoo laser removal and he said it would blister but only half of it did. Literally in a Line down the middle. Does that mean it didn't work on the other half?

Doctor Answers 3

Blistering After Tattoo Removal

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Thank you for your question!

Blistering after laser tattoo removal is fairly common in areas that require higher laser settings. The difference from one side to the other could be an indicator of changes in the setting or could be caused by other factors (body temperature, exposure, etc.). Your laser technician should be keeping record of the settings they use so this outcome should be reported to them. This will help with your future appointments. The lack of blisters on the other side does not mean that the treatment hasn't worked in these areas though. Make sure to follow the instructions your professional gave to you regarding the care of the blisters. Good luck!

Dallas Bariatric Surgeon

Blistering after tattoo removal

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My only guess is that the settings were changed midstream. I don't think that blisters are desired after treatment because there is more scarring risk with it. Make sure your laser provider knows about this and that the wounds are kept moist with aquaphor or Biafine.

Steven F. Weiner, MD
Panama City Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 75 reviews


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Thanks for your question and photo. Blistering is normal and if it doesn’t occur, it is not an indicator that the treatment failed. Blistering on one side could result from a couple of different things. Color(s) of tattoo- the laser may pick up on darker pigments causing the energy to be absorbed more. Hope this helps. Best, Dr. Katz

Bruce E. Katz, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
3.8 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

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