As we get older, our likes, dislikes, values, and beliefs change. As part of your transition, there may be certain regrets. 

While it isn’t possible to turn back time, there are past decisions that don’t have to be permanent. Tattoos are the perfect example.

This article will introduce you to laser tattoo removal, and answer the commonly asked question, “can laser tattoo removal cause skin discoloration?”


Does Laser Tattoo Removal Cause Skin Discoloration?

Although laser tattoo removal is an effective procedure with minimal side effects, some may experience skin discoloration. 

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to how or even if changes to skin color will occur, as this depends on multiple factors. Skin type, skin color, age of the tattoo, and the type of ink used are some of the determining factors. 

Having a skilled technician will help minimize the level of pigmentation change. Our trained and experienced professionals are knowledgeable in best practices and have dealt with many skin types and pigmentations.


Types of Pigmentation That can Occur


This skin pigmentation results from the skin producing too little melanin as a reaction to laser tattoo removal. This significantly lightens the affected area leading to a condition called hypopigmentation. 


Laser tattoo removal may also cause hyperpigmentation, especially for darker skin toned people. The body reacts to the treatment by producing too much melanin. This darkens the treated area resulting in hyperpigmentation. 


What to do if Pigmentation Issues Occur After Treatment

Both types of possible skin pigmentation issues are cosmetic and do not present any health concerns. Although laser tattoo removal treatments have undergone multiple tests to ensure their safety, all situations cannot be predicted or controlled.

If you are experiencing skin pigmentation, it is advisable to stop the treatment and wait for the skin to return to its normal tone before continuing treatment. Aggressive and continuous lasering when there is skin pigmentation can cause permanent skin damage and more prominent discoloration.


Can Pigmentation Problems be Reversed? 

Preventing pigmentation problems with good aftercare is best, but if pigmentation problems do arise, know that they can be reversed. Diligently following the laser tattoo removal aftercare tips that your technician will provide is so important.  These general tips have proven to be helpful.

  • Protect the affected area from direct sunlight. 
  • Keep the area clean and dry until the area is healed
  • Do not remove the dressing other than as advised by your technician
  • Clean the area with mild soap

There may be swelling and redness due to the frosting of the area. You can apply a cold compress to the area to reduce discomfort. Other recommendations are:

  • Take an over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever to deal with the pain. Do not take Aspirin® or acetylsalicylic acid containing OTCs since it can cause bleeding and bruising.
  • Avoid shaving the treated area and do not apply makeup, or medicated soaps. Keep the area out of direct sunlight.
  • Do not peel, scratch, or rub the area. Do not use hot tubs or saunas until the area is completely healed. 
  • Exercising and heavy physical activities that may cause perspiration should be avoided. Perspiration can slow down the healing process.

Talk to the Experts

Laser tattoo removal should be done in a comfortable and safe environment and should only be performed by a skilled technician. At Bare Tattoo & Hair Removal, we know how difficult it is to trust your skin to someone else. 

We care to make sure you get safe, high-quality services. If you’re planning to remove a tattoo, call us at (219) 237-0044 or complete our contact form, and we will get in touch.