Will my tattoo ever go away? (photos)

I am 10 laser treatments in. I had 9 with q-switched and 1 with picosure. I am almost 3 weeks post picosure and I am seeing a lot of redness/brown pigment in the treated area. I'm worried that once the ink is all gone (that is, if that is even possible), I'll be left with a brown scar of the tattoo. Does my tattoo removal progress look normal? I do not have any raised scarring, just some hyper pigmentation. Thanks in advance!

Doctor Answers 3

Laser tattoo removal

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It appears to be healing properly.  However, it seems you will have some residual hyperpigmentation.  This can resolve on its own but you can try a lightening agent to help speed up the process.
Good Luck!

New York Dermatologic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

Tattoo Removal -- Pico/Q Switched Laser

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This appears to be healing properly but needs more treatments and likely combination or R20 method. We will often combine with fractional lasers to help speed the process. Please see a laser expert. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 204 reviews

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation

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This pigment is due to the inflammation which occurs during the healing process. It does fade over time but often slowly. A topical lightening agent can be helpful such as this one below which you can order online from ZO Skin Health. If the topical alone is not working fast enough you could explore having an IPL treatment done to the area.


Lisa Vuich, MD

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Lisa Vuich, MD
Nashua Physician
4.7 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

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