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How Long Will My Skin Take to Heal After Laser Tattoo Removal?

By: Dr. James D. Fontaine


Laser tattoo removal is a popular way to remove unwanted ink that may cause emotional distress or embarrassment. The process involves using a high-powered laser to break up the ink into smaller particles that the body can dispel naturally. Fontaine MD Aesthetics and Anti-Aging Medicine provides safe and effective laser technology to produce great results.

If you are considering ink removal, you may wonder how long it takes the skin to heal after treatment. While there is no definitive answer, patients can speed up the healing process and achieve excellent outcomes. Board-certified physician Dr. James D. Fontaine can prepare you for what to expect during recovery when you schedule a consultation in San Diego, CA.

How does laser technology reduce tattoo ink?

Laser tattoo removal works by using a cutting-edge laser to break up the tattoo ink into smaller particles so they are safely processed by your body. The number, type, and intensity of the laser treatments required for ink removal will depend on the size, location, age, and colors of the tattoo. Dr. Fontaine can provide a personalized treatment plan to address your individual goals.

What side effects are normal after laser treatment?

Most patients report mild redness and swelling after laser tattoo removal at Fontaine MD Aesthetics and Anti-Aging Medicine. It may feel as if you have a sunburn, and minor scabbing is also possible. These side effects are not long-lasting and typically resolve soon after ink removal. Dr. Fontaine will apply ointment and bandages after each appointment to protect the healing skin from damage.

Our trained staff will also provide post-treatment instructions to minimize discomfort and maximize your outcomes in San Diego, CA. Follow these directions closely to prevent infection and other complications:

  • Avoid sun rays: Keep the treated area out of direct sunlight. Wear sunscreen and cover the skin with UV-protective clothing whenever possible.

  • Clean the area gently: Gently wash the treated area with soap and water. Do not scrub or use products that might irritate the skin.

  • Do not pick at scabs: It is tempting to pick at healing scabs, but this can damage the skin and cause scarring. Leave any scabs alone so they fall off on their own.

  • Apply ointment: Apply a thin layer of ointment as directed by Dr. Fontaine. Do not use any products that have not been pre-approved by a member of our knowledgeable team.

How long does it take to recover in between appointments?

Patients should not schedule laser tattoo appointments sooner than 4 – 7 weeks apart. This helps your skin heal in between sessions and ensures optimal results.

You may notice that your tattoo fades a little after each treatment. This is normal and indicates that the ink is being removed successfully. Once the tattoo is gone, you will need to avoid direct sunlight and use sunscreen to prevent skin damage.

Safely remove your tattoo

An unwanted tattoo can be a source of embarrassment or regret. If you are considering laser tattoo removal in San Diego, CA, we encourage you to contact Fontaine MD Aesthetics and Anti-Aging Medicine to consult with Dr. James D. Fontaine. We can address your concerns and develop a treatment plan to help you achieve great results with the least amount of downtime.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.