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I just got a homemade tattoo 9 weeks ago, it looks a bit wrinkly & u can feel some of the parts of the letters. Getting laser removal, will I be scarred?
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
5 doctors agree
In brief: Not scarred...
But you may not be able to get full removal of the tattoo as well.
Home-grown tattoos may not come out as well as a professional tattoo since the ink may be deposited at different levels in the skin. The type of pigment also impacts the 'erasability.' a doctor with experience in tattoo removal will be able to give you an idea of how much improvement you can get.

In brief: Not scarred...
But you may not be able to get full removal of the tattoo as well.
Home-grown tattoos may not come out as well as a professional tattoo since the ink may be deposited at different levels in the skin. The type of pigment also impacts the 'erasability.' a doctor with experience in tattoo removal will be able to give you an idea of how much improvement you can get.
Dr. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Possibly
Yes it is quite possible that you will sustain scarring.
This is due to the darker deposition of pigment that may cause deep dermal scarring when absorbing the laser energy.

In brief: Possibly
Yes it is quite possible that you will sustain scarring.
This is due to the darker deposition of pigment that may cause deep dermal scarring when absorbing the laser energy.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Francisco Agullo
The pigment is easier to remove with lasers when the tattoo is homemade.
Dr. Glenn Messina
Aesthetic Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Most likely
Ammature tattoos tend to be more sensitive to laser therapy due to poor ink and uneven layering of the ink in your skin.
A tattoo placed with a real machine have a very even layering of ink in your dermis. If you used a needle only then you have ink sometimes in the dermis sometimes in the epidermis. THe proper laser would be less likely to scar but your placement may have created a scar

In brief: Most likely
Ammature tattoos tend to be more sensitive to laser therapy due to poor ink and uneven layering of the ink in your skin.
A tattoo placed with a real machine have a very even layering of ink in your dermis. If you used a needle only then you have ink sometimes in the dermis sometimes in the epidermis. THe proper laser would be less likely to scar but your placement may have created a scar
Dr. Glenn Messina
Dr. Glenn Messina
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Dr. Annette Occhialini
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends
Homemade tattoos can be difficult to remove even with a laser as the pigment can be placed at different depths.
Be sure to see someone who has experience with lasers for tattoo removal. It will take multiple treatments and even then may not completely resolve problem.

In brief: Depends
Homemade tattoos can be difficult to remove even with a laser as the pigment can be placed at different depths.
Be sure to see someone who has experience with lasers for tattoo removal. It will take multiple treatments and even then may not completely resolve problem.
Dr. Annette Occhialini
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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: I'll answer that w
Another question: how could you possibly worried about it if you consented to a homemade tatoo? You maybe having an inflammatory response that could possibly subside.
Any type of tatoo removal leaves scar. It's possible mederma or keeping paper tape or silicone sheeting on might help.

In brief: I'll answer that w
Another question: how could you possibly worried about it if you consented to a homemade tatoo? You maybe having an inflammatory response that could possibly subside.
Any type of tatoo removal leaves scar. It's possible mederma or keeping paper tape or silicone sheeting on might help.
Dr. Todd Sisto
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Dr. James Zasuly
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Bad choice
Homemade tatoos are irregular in their depth and very difficult to remove well.
Scarring is possible with aggressive lasering.

In brief: Bad choice
Homemade tatoos are irregular in their depth and very difficult to remove well.
Scarring is possible with aggressive lasering.
Dr. James Zasuly
Dr. James Zasuly
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Dr. Francisco Agullo
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Some pain
You will experience some pain during your tattoo removal with laser.
Depending on the size of the tattoo you might be able to have topical or local anesthesia.

In brief: Some pain
You will experience some pain during your tattoo removal with laser.
Depending on the size of the tattoo you might be able to have topical or local anesthesia.
Dr. Francisco Agullo
Dr. Francisco Agullo
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