What Risks Are Associated With Laser Tattoo Removal?
As with any cosmetic procedure, laser tattoo removal does come with a few risks: "Whenever laser energy is involved, there is a risk of loss of pigment, darkening of the skin, or a change in the texture of the skin," Dr. Hartman said. He notes, however, that textural changes are rare, "since the laser targets pigment, and pigment makes up the normal skin anatomy."
How Much Does Tattoo Removal Cost?
Prices for tattoo remove largely depend on where you live, but in general, if you're looking to get a tattoo removed via laser treatment, you should know that it's not cheap. According to Dr. Hartman, the process can cost anywhere between $150 to $500 a session, depending on the size of the tattoo.
What Should I Do After Each Session?
After your tattoo removal session, the skin in the tattooed area might appear frosty, red, and cracked, and it may also feel sensitive. This is no reason to worry, as the sensation is only temporary and can be calmed with topical products. "This is easily treated with a healing ointment like Aquaphor Healing Ointment For Dry & Cracked Skin ($14) and resolves within days," Dr. Hartman said. "The tender sensation resolves within a couple of hours and the skin can be gently washed with a mild cleanser."