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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Picosure Tattoo Removal

Try and find a board certified physician that has a PicoSure laser.  Chances are you'll need fewer treatments, with less risk of scarring.  Also avoid sun exposure, and make sure to follow up with your practitioner.  Good luck!

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.

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
4.0 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

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.

George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

Scarring with Laser Tattoo Removal

At Des Moines Plastic Surgery, we use the Quanta System, which is considered the gold standard for tattoo removal. This system is much less likely to cause permanent side effects such as scarring. Blistering is a possible side effect after a tattoo removal treatment and if not taken care of properly, can cause scarring. If our patients do blister, we recommend treating it as a wound and applying an antibiotic ointment, such as Bacitracin, and a bandage. Do not pick, pop, scratch, or pull skin off the area. This will almost always cause scarring. If you take care of the area properly, scarring is rare.

David L. Robbins, MD, FACS
West Des Moines Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Laser Tattoo Removal

Laser tattoo removal, with the right laser(s) should not leave a scar. After much research, including several of our own staff members receiving laser tattoo removal with others systems, including the PicoSure, we have determined that the most effective and safest laser is the PicoWave. It is has been successful in treating all skin colors without scarring or pigmentation issues. It is important to follow the instructions of your physician and keep the lasered area out of the sun after treatment. To accelerate healing, we have also implemented the use of a laser gel with healing ingredients and a healing light source. The Gentlewaves photomodulation system has been used by NASA for wound healing. We include both the healing gel and photomodulation treatments as part of the cost of treatment.

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 97 reviews

In the right hands with the right equipment, laser tattoo removal should not leave a scar.

In the right hands with the right equipment, laser tattoo removal should not leave a scar. While there is always a possibility of scarring with a laser, as long as you visit a board-certified dermatologist with experience in tattoo removal who uses the most up to date lasers, that possibility is dramatically decreased. Whether or not a tattoo can be completely removed depends on a number of factors, and your dermatologist should be able to let you know if complete elimination is a feasible goal during your consultation.


Rarely there could be white marks left if the area was scared by the tattooing process itself.vIf the intervals between laser sessions is 8 weeks or longer scarring is minimal. The color of ink and depth of ink dictates how much ink can be removed.cWith the 532 attachment picosure can successfully remove all or most ink .The addition of r20 ( two sessions in one) speeds  up the tattoo removal process.

Morris Westfried, MD
Long Island Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

No scar

we utilize the Picosure by Cynosure and it doesn't leave a scar. It requires 6 sessions spaced 2 months apart.

David S. Rosenberg, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

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
4.5 out of 5 stars 68 reviews

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