What are the risks associated with tattoo removal?
Fortunately, complications from tattoo removal are infrequent. You should discuss the risks and potential complications with your aesthetic plastic surgeon during your consultation.
All procedures have some degree of risk. Some of the potential complications of all procedures are:
- Hematoma or seroma (an accumulation of blood or fluid under the skin that may require removal)
- Infection and bleeding
- Changes in sensation
- Allergic reactions
- Damage to underlying structures
- Unsatisfactory results that may necessitate additional procedures
Other risks specific to tattoo removal are:
- Skin discoloration such as hypopigmentation and hyperpigmentation
- Temporary changes in skin texture
- Paradoxical darkening of a tattoo (very rare)
You can help minimize tattoo removal risks by following your board-certified aesthetic plastic surgeon’s advice and instructions before and after your treatment.