A tattoo is a simple and convenient way to enhance or modify your appearance. The process is relatively straightforward and comes with little downtime – though, to some, it can be quite painful. 

However, as you change and grow, you may realize that you don’t like how your tattoo looks and want to get rid of it. Don’t worry: you are not the first to realize that, and you won’t be the last. In fact, one in five people who get a tattoo end up getting it removed. 

While permanent tattoos are a great way to change your look, they come at a cost: they won’t go away on their own. Fortunately, with recent technological advancements and the advent of laser tattoo removal, you can get your tattoos taken off.

It’s important to keep in mind that as convenient and effective as laser tattoo removal is, it isn’t without its side effects. Below, we’ll break down the possible side effects of tattoo removal, so you know exactly what will happen.

Read on to learn more.

Set Clear Expectations

People who consider this procedure often wonder if tattoo removal hurts or what it costs. The answer to what tattoo removal costs depends on factors like size, location and type of tattoo you have. However, questions about comfort level have a more straightforward answer.

Tattoo removal is not an entirely pain-free process. You can expect some mild discomfort, but it shouldn’t be too bothersome. In fact, most people compare the sensation to a rubber band snapping against their skin. It is not nearly as painful as getting a tattoo.

If you are particularly sensitive to pain, we can work around it by using local anesthetics or over-the-counter pain medication. No matter your situation, we’ll find a way to help you.

Although getting a tattoo can take hours, removing it doesn’t take nearly as long. Most tattoo removal sessions take only a few minutes. However, the length of time varies depending on the location and size of your tattoo.

Fortunately, there is no downtime, so you don’t have to stick around after your session. You can immediately get back to daily life. 

Expect Some Side-Effects:

Side-effects following tattoo removal procedures are not uncommon, so you should be prepared for your skin’s possible reactions. Some common aftereffects of the process include:

  • Redness
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Blistering
  • Scabs
  • Bruising

Luckily, most adverse effects of the tattoo removal process are self-limiting and go away independently. Others may persist but usually resolve with time, responsible aftercare and over-the-counter medication.

Cutting-Edge Technology at Derm.ca

Derm.ca is leading the cosmetic dermatology revolution with state-of-the-art technology. As a full-service and certified clinic, we offer everything you need to boost your health and enhance your looks.

Our laser tattoo removal services, in particular, provide excellent results with minimal side effects. Using the latest technology and technical expertise, we can remove your tattoos and keep you safe and comfortable during the process.

Contact Us for Your Tattoo Removal Needs

At Derm.ca Dermatology and Laser Clinic in Calgary, we know that sometimes people change their minds about tattoos. Whether you regret getting a tattoo altogether or your taste has simply changed over time, we can help you remove your unwanted body ink. 

Book a one-to-one consultation with one of our experts today and take the first step to remove your tattoos. Give us a call at 403.202.4038 or get in touch using our online form.