What Will My Skin Look Like After Tattoo Removal With PicoSure®?

By: Lori Alessandrini


The PicoSure laser is an effective tool for erasing an old or unwanted tattoo. But how will your skin look after treatment is over? While minor side effects like redness and irritation are expected, all patients should expect clear-looking skin virtually free from ink or other blemishes at the end of their sessions.

Certified laser technician Lori Alessandrini can help you understand the potential side effects of tattoo removal and how to care for your skin after laser treatment. Call Essential Aesthetics & Laser in Charlotte, NC to book a consultation and learn how to get started.

Who is qualified for laser tattoo removal?

Sometimes, a tattoo can represent a phase in your life that has now ended. For others, it means a painful memory they would rather forget. Laser tattoo removal can help you move on no matter your reasons for seeking treatment.

The first step is to meet with a qualified laser technician, like Lori Alessandrini, to see if you are eligible for this process. Some factors that may influence your candidacy include the size, location, and color of your tattoo, as well as your skin tone. Patients must be in good health and have no infections or lesions in the affected area.

What are the side effects of laser tattoo removal?

The PicoSure laser is one of the latest and most advanced technologies for tattoo removal. Instead of incorporating heat into your procedure, PicoSure administers a short burst of high energy to break down the ink into small particles. Your lymphatic system then naturally removes those particles over time.

While the PicoSure system at Essential Aesthetics & Laser is virtually unmatched in its ability to target and remove tattoo ink, it is important to understand that treatments will result in some minor side effects. However, any redness, skin irritation, and swelling can be alleviated with simple at-home measures.

How can you ease discomfort after laser treatment?

Lori Alessandrini may recommend over-the-counter pain medication or a topical cream to ease any discomfort after laser treatment in Charlotte, NC. We may also recommend the following for reducing the appearance of red or irritated skin:

  • Keep the treated area clean and dry: Gently clean the area twice a day. Avoid scrubbing or using any harsh chemicals.

  • Apply a cool compress: Place a clean, cool cloth on the treatment area for 10 – 15 minutes at a time.

  • Use sunscreen: UV rays are known to damage the skin, so be sure to apply sunscreen when spending time outdoors.

  • Do not pick at the treatment area: Let your skin heal naturally to avoid infection and scarring.

What outcomes can I expect from laser tattoo removal?

Most people require 4 – 5 appointments spaced several weeks apart to achieve their desired results. The total number of laser sessions needed depends on the size, location, and color of your tattoo. By the end of your treatment plan, your tattoo should be significantly faded, and your skin should return to its normal state. Our patients at Essential Aesthetics & Laser are always thrilled with their results.

No more unwanted ink

Unwanted ink does not have to be a permanent fixture in your life. Now, Essential Aesthetics & Laser offers advanced tools, like the PicoSure laser, so you achieve clear skin without unwanted side effects or scarring. Lori Alessandrini is a certified laser technician with years of experience helping patients erase tattoos in Charlotte, NC. Call for your consultation about laser tattoo removal.

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