Is Swelling Normal After Laser Tattoo Removal?

Is it normal to be swollen after a laser tattoo removal session? If so, how long will it last?

Doctor Answers 4


Swelling after getting a laser done is completely normal. You can put ice on the area to help reduce the swelling.

New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling after laser tattoo removal

Yes, swelling is normal after this procedure. I can take a few days to get better. Ice and topical steroid cream can help.

Steven F. Weiner, MD
Panama City Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling After Laser Treatment

Swelling is normal after most surface laser treatments, including tattoo removal.  If there was no swelling at all, the energy level used in treatment might not be adequate.

Swelling can be controlled by elevating the part treated and applying cool compresses (but not ice directly on the skin).  Swelling should begin to resolve in 2 or 3 days.  If the area becomes increasingly swollen or red after that, let your doctor know as it might be a sign of early infection.

Stephen Kay, MD
Washington DC Plastic Surgeon
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Side effects after tattoo treatment

Ot is normal to have some swelling and localized reaction after laser tattoo removal.  Continue to keep the area clean and it will take a few days to a week to resolve.  For the best cosmetic results please consult aboard certified dermatologist with experience with tattoo removal.

Michele S. Green, MD
New York Dermatologist
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