- You will feel some pain during treatment. The pain is mild and
- It is similar to snapping the skin with a rubber band. Some areas are more sensitive than others.
- Laser surgery may cause a superficial burn on the surface of the skin which takes several days to heal. This may result in swelling, weeping and crusting of the treated area. This usually takes four to ten days to heal.
In most patients the treated area loses pigmentation (hypopigmentation) and becomes lighter in colour than the surrounding skin temporarily. This type of reaction tends to gradually fade away and return to normal over a period of two to four weeks. With repeated treatments the pigment loss may become more persistent and take time to heal, up to six to eight months. There is some risk of permanent loss in the area of treatment, leaving a white shape similar to the original tattoo or pigment lesion being treated, but this is rare and usually avoidable by allowing adequate healing time between treatments.
There is some risk of increased pigmentation (hyperpigmentation) as a healing reaction. However, this type of change is very rare. If this should occur, the increased pigment usually fades away over a two to six month period.
Scarring is a very rare occurrence but it is a possibility. To minimize the chances of scarring, it is important that you follow the post-operation instructions carefully.
Persistence of Tattoo or Pigment
Some tattoo ink or pigment is located too deep in the skin to be removed completely in spite of repeated treatments and may leave vague spots of colour remaining after treatment. There may be some ink colours that change colour prior to removal and others that simply will not respond to this laser (eg. green tattoo). This means that it may not be possible to completely remove all tattoo and skin pigmentations with this laser. If this situation arises, there may be other treatment alternative available.