A 19-year-old female asked:
i got a home made tattoo 9 weeks ago & it looks a bit wrinkly & you can feel the lining. i plan on laser removal in a year. will i be scarred after?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard answered
20 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Laser tattoo removal: There is a reasonable risk for scarring with laser tattoo removal although the lasers have gotten very good in the last few years. The best approach for laser tattoo removal is "slow & low"... Low energy settings on the laser over several treatments (can take 8-12 treatments for some tattoos). Orange, yellow, red colors are more difficult - as is darker skin. Good idea to wait at least one year.
Answered on Oct 20, 2018
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