What is the normal postoperative course?
Some patients may experience minor irritation of the skin or may have minimal blisters or pinpoint bleeding at the site of laser treatment which is adequately treated by the use of a topical application such as aloe vera gel. This skin irritation subsides and the skin heals within a few days. A light dressing maybe applied for a few days and will need to be changed everyday.
What precautions should I take after laser treatment?
Extremes of temperature such as a very hot bath and shower or very cold water should be avoided, as this can be slightly uncomfortable. Patients are also instructed to avoid exposure to direct sunlight.
What can I realistically expect from laser treatment?
The first treatment is usually a test patch to see if the tattoo will respond well to the laser. If this treatment is successful than most patients require between three and six and sometimes up to ten treatment sessions to see a significant change. These changes brought about by a reduction in the size of the pigment particles, which are gradually absorbed and removed from the area.
Are there any complications from laser treatment?
Patients of Asian or Afro-Caribbean extraction may see long-standing changes in the pigmentation of the skin which has been treated. The skin may become permanently hypopigmented or hyperpigmented although this is unusual.