Tattoo removal is achieved using a laser which breaks down the ink under the skin. This treatment may require a few sessions to be successful and does have a few side effects. These side effects includemild burning,reddening, temporary bruising or blistering. A lightening of the skin (known as hypopigmentation) or darkening of the skin (known as hyperpigmentation) or may occur. These symptomsusually resolve themselves in 1-2 weeks, but the damage can take up to 3-6 months to heal.
Colourand/or textual changes in the skin, like loss of freckles or pigmented lesions,can occur and can be permanent. Laser treatment of flesh or white coloured tattoos may cause a dark brown/black colour change. Although there are side effects, most of which are only temporary, laser treatment is the best option to permanently remove tattoos.