Question about Laser Tattoo Removal: i have been researching tattoo removal and understand that blistering q863

Article medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic physician, liposuctionist)

Dr. Gavin Chan

Templestowe Lower and Berwick Clinics

Dr. Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since 2004, Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction, fat transfer, skin needling, and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections.
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I have been researching tattoo removal, and understand that blistering can occur after treatment. I have seen photos of unusually large blisters (size of a small apple) . Photo is here:
Has this happened with your patients, is this normal? As I have a tattoo on my lower back it will be very difficult sleeping/dressing if I blistered so severely.


This is an impressive blister! Although possible, it is not the norm. Usually we don’t use such high levels of treatment on the first treatment, so that this does not happen. Normally, it does take about 1 to 2 weeks to heal from each session, and during this time there is some mild swelling, redness, scabbing (and sometimes blistering). 

Dr. Gavin Chan
Dr. Gavin Chan

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