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Will I Have Scars After Laser Tattoo Removal?

By: Dr. James D. Fontaine


Life changes, and maybe you have decided to have a tattoo removed. However, you might be hesitant to have laser tattoo removal because you are concerned about scarring. It is very uncommon for Laser tattoo removal to result in your skin scarring. The process will remove or considerably lighten the tattoo with little to no scarring.

?Dr. James D. Fontaine is a board-certified physician who specializes in anti-aging treatments, aesthetic procedures, and preventive medicine at Fontaine MD Aesthetics and Anti-Aging Medicine in San Diego, CA. He will meet with you to evaluate your tattoo and discuss what you can expect from the laser tattoo removal process. Dr. Fontaine performs tattoo removal using an innovative laser. The laser is more effective than previous laser tattoo removal devices. In most cases, the tattoo removal process using the laser will take fewer treatments than previous laser removal procedures.

How does laser tattoo removal work?

Laser tattoo removal is highly effective. You will undergo the laser treatment focusing on the tattoo location. Following the laser treatment, the team at Fontaine MD Aesthetics and Anti-Aging Medicine in San Diego, CA will apply an ointment to the skin and bandage the area for protection. As the healing process starts, the treated area will take on the appearance of a sunburn. You might experience redness, sensitivity, and swelling. Minor scabbing will also start to develop. It is imperative that you follow all aftercare instructions to hasten the healing process and ensure success.

Dr. Fontaine will typically recommend that you undergo laser tattoo removal treatments every 4 – 7 weeks until you achieve the results you seek.

Historically, laser tattoo removal methods were painful and rarely removed the tattoo completely. However, the tattoo technology used by Dr. Fontaine at Fontaine MD Aesthetics and Anti-Aging Medicine in San Diego, CA produces better results. The laser breaks up the color pigmentation under the skin’s surface. As the pigment breaks up, the color starts to lighten.

The success of laser tattoo removal depends on a variety of factors, such as the following:

  • Age of the tattoo

  • Size of the tattoo

  • Your age

  • The condition of your skin

  • The location of the tattoo on the body

  • The type of ink colors used

Dr. Fontaine will evaluate the above criteria to develop your own personalized treatment plan.

What to expect from laser tattoo removal

It will take several laser treatments for the tattoo to begin to fade. When the laser passes over the skin where the tattoo is located, most patients report that the process feels like their skin is being snapped with a rubber band.

In the past, laser tattoo removal was often considered painful, but modern lasers have made the process tolerable for most individuals. The team at Fontaine MD Aesthetics and Anti-Aging Medicine in San Diego, CA will apply a topical pain relief cream and administer lidocaine injections to the treatment area to reduce the level of pain and increase comfort.

Following treatment, you should:

  • Protect the treated area from direct sunlight

  • Gently clean the treated area with soap and water

  • Not pick the scabs that develop

  • Continue to apply ointment to the area

Schedule a consultation for laser tattoo removal in San Diego, CA

If you want to have a tattoo removed by Dr. James D. Fontaine and the medical team at Fontaine MD Aesthetics and Anti-Aging Medicine in San Diego, CA, then schedule a consultation today. Dr. Fontaine will meet with you to answer any questions or concerns that you might have about laser tattoo removal. Although patients do not generally experience scarring from tattoo removal, all ink might not be removed during the process.

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