Laser tattoo removal is most successful with black and blue pigments. Other colors such as red, green and yellow are harder to remove. More than one treatment is usually required to remove tattoos. Sometimes, the skin is paler in the area where the laser removed the tattoo.
This is called “ghosting”. Your plastic surgeon will discuss with you whether surgical removal or laser is a better option for your tattoo removal. Immediately after laser treatment for either tattoo or hair removal, the skin will look pink and slightly swollen, similar to a sunburn. This will subside within a few hours and the skin will return to normal. Occasionally, a patient may have pigment changes, blistering, or scabbing. As with electrolysis, cases of scarring have been reported with laser hair removal, but these are rare. A test spot is sometimes the best determinant of how each individual’s skin will react.