Side Effects

Laser Tattoo Removal Side Effects

99% of laser tattoo removal procedures do not have any serious side effects. However, before undertaking any laser treatments, it is important to understand the possible r

side effects. Most complications can be avoided by following the recommended aftercare instructions. However, some unavoidable tattoo removal side effects include redness, swelling, and possible blistering. Preparing for these will improve your overall experience, ease treatment anxiety, and improve overall results.

There are a few side effects that you may experidence, such as discomfort and blistering.

Pain and Discomfort

Everyone’s pain tolerance is different. For most people, the pain is tolerable and does not prevent them from having treatments. Certain areas of the body are more sesitive to laser tretments. Feel free to have your doctor prescrible a topical pain med if you are concerned. We also sell some topical cream you can purchase for your next treatment. We feel the best description of the pain is similar to having hot grease splattered on your or like a rubber band snapping against your skin. It is not pleasant. But, generally, the procedure is over quickly as most tats take less than 10 minutes to treat.

You will also experience some tenerness afterward. This will subside within a few days. Acetaminiphen or ibuprofen can help with the minor discomfort.


Blistering is a common but temporary side effect of laser tattoo removal treatments. Treatment areas tend to blister more during the first few sessions when there is more ink. As treatments progress, and there is less ink for the laser to attach, the blistering will occur less often or not at all. Popping the blisters can cause scarring and infection. Keep the area covered and treat with a topical antibacterial cream.

Hyperpigmentation & Hypopigmentation

It is called hyperpigmentation when treated skin becomes darker than the non-treated areas. This side effect is usually temporary and fades over time. There are several reasons why hyperpigmentation can occur, including skin tone, skin health, and lack of proper aftercare. Generally, hyperpigmentation is gone within 6-12 months, thanks to the body’s immune system. However, in extremely rare cases, hyperpigmentation can be permanent.

Hypopigmentation is the lightening of skin at or around treatment areas. Permanent hypopigmentation is incredibly rare. Most cases are a consequence of poor aftercare, like sun exposure. Mild tattoo removal hypopigmentation is usually treatable, but it is best to avoid this complication by following the aftercare instructions provided by the laser tattoo removal specialist.


It is common for tattoo artists to cause scarring while tattooing, especially in areas of heavily saturated ink. These scars are hidden by ink pigments and are only noticeable when the tattoo is removed. Scarring from tattoo removal is completely avoidable. Popping blisters, picking off scabs, and applying cosmetics or lotions too soon after treatment will cause permanent texture changes to the skin.