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What factors should you consider before getting a laser treatment to remove your tattoo?

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You should consider these factors:

  • Your tattoo removal site is at risk for infection and there's a slight chance you'll have a permanent scar.
  • It’s unlikely that your tattoo will be completely removed.
  • The skin that is treated may end up paler than the skin surrounding it. It's also possible the affected skin ends up darker than the rest of your skin.
  • Cosmetic tattoos like lip liner, eyeliner, and eyebrows may get darker after treatment. They do tend to fade with more sessions.

SOURCES:

Skinsight.com: "Tattoo Removal, Laser."

TeensHealth: "Tattoos."

Medscape: "Tattoo Lasers."

The Harris Poll: “Tattoo Takeover.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on March 06, 2019

SOURCES:

Skinsight.com: "Tattoo Removal, Laser."

TeensHealth: "Tattoos."

Medscape: "Tattoo Lasers."

The Harris Poll: “Tattoo Takeover.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on March 06, 2019

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