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What to Expect After Laser Tattoo Removal MARK A. SCHUSTERMAN, MD, FACS

Fellow of the American College of Surgeons American Society of Plastic Surgeons American Board of Plastic Surgery American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery American Board of Cosmetic Surgery Association of American Physicians and Surgeons Texas Surgical Society Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons

Laser tattoo removal helps men and women get rid of unwanted tattoos without having to buy expensive creams that do not work or go through a painful treatment. Experienced cosmetic surgeons who have experience working with a laser can help patients with different skin tones and ink colors. If you are thinking about getting a tattoo removed you may be wondering what to expect after a treatment.Immediately after the procedure patients frequently as if their skin is sunburned. It will be red and slightly swollen. Some patients have pinpoint bleeding or blisters but that is very uncommon when the procedure is done correctly. A few days after the a tattoo removal treatment patients may see some bruising around the treated area.

Although swelling, bruising, and the sunburn-like feel is common it can be minimized by elevation and off-and-on icing the treated area. Laser tattoo removal is a sterile procedure, which means antibiotics are rarely needed to treat these side effects. Patients can use an antibiotic cream to put over the treated area and cover with a bandage to help the healing process. The bandage can come off the day after treatment and patients can gently wash the area with soap and water. Men and women will see small scabs on the treated area one or two days after the procedure. These will be gone within a week.

To reduce the side effects a patient has when getting laser tattoo removal they can speak with their cosmetic surgeon during their consultation to go over what exactly they can do to prepare for the treatment and how to reduce symptoms after the procedure is done. Patients often need more than one treatment in order to get rid of the tattoo so these steps must be taken each time.


The expertise of the Houston plastic surgeons at MD Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is accentuated by their concern for their patients and their drive to give them the best experience during their laser tattoo removal treatments. Other plastic surgery procedures they offer include Botox injections, microdermabrasion, and breast augmentation in Houston.

Contact us today to schedule your appointment with the renowned plastic surgeon and breast & body specialist Dr. Mark Schusterman. Take your first steps to a more beautiful you.

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