Laser Tattoo Removal

Does Laser Tattoo Removal Leave Scars?

Myth: Laser tattoo removal leaves a scar.

Laser tattoo removal typically doesn’t result in scar formation. You can help prevent scarring, and we’ve got the expert tips to ensure you’re successful!

Prevent Laser Tattoo Removal Scarring Before Your Visit

  • Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated before and after your procedure will increase the speed of recovery.
  • Stop smoking! The success of removing a tattoo after ten treatments are reduced by 70% if you’re a smoker. Quit smoking beforehand and switch to nicotine gum.

And to Prevent Laser Tattoo Removal Scarring After Your Visit

  • Apply aquaphor or vaseline three times a day. This will increase the speed of healing and reduce scarring.
  • Take it easy for the next few days.
  • Wash twice a day with mild soap and water. Antibacterial soap can cause irritation and inflammation.
  • Always pat the treated area with a paper towel to dry, and don’t rub. Rubbing can cause the healing skin to exfoliate too early, resulting in a longer healing process.
  • Change bandage and dressing after every wash.
  • Don’t pick at scabs; this causes scarring.
  • Don’t pop any blisters; this also causes scarring.
  • Stay out of the sun. You should stay out of the sun for several weeks after your last laser tattoo removal session. Sun exposure causes blistering and increases the time it takes to heal.
  • Use sunblock when you’re out in the sun.
  • Wait at least eight weeks between laser tattoo removal sessions. Why? Because your body continues to break down the ink in the tattoo long after the laser zaps it. The longer you wait, the better results you’ll have.
  • Once again, quit smoking!


By following these tips you should significantly minimize chances of scarring. While scarring is possible, laser tattoo removal targets the pigmentation, not skin cells—which leaves the skin cells intact and undamaged. Most lasers are specifically designed to only travel deep enough into the skin to target the ink and pigment, not the skin cells that rest deeply and can produce scarring.

If you have a scar you tattooed over, or if the skin actually developed scar tissue from the original tattooing procedure, laser tattoo removal will not remove that scar tissue. Indeed, the scar may even become more visible.

Nothing Works Better than Laser Tattoo Removal

Laser tattoo removal is the only safe and effective method to remove unwanted tattoos. After a series of successful laser treatments, most tattoos are  gone. Keep in mind, however, that how fast your tattoo disappears depends on its color pigments, depth, and age. But even stubborn cases aren’t hopeless. Though colors such as yellow, green, or light blue are more difficult to remove, they can certainly be faded. The same goes for ink that rests deep within the dermis.

Let LaserAway Liberate You from Unwanted Tattoos.


Why LaserAway?

We’ve committed over a decade to helping people of all skin types discover their best skin ever, with over 3 million treatments performed and new locations opening every month! We use state-of-the-art technology for maximum results, our clinics are supervised by board-certified, industry-leading dermatologists, and our treatments are implemented by registered nurses, nurse practitioners or physician associates who undergo one of the most comprehensive training programs in the business. Our mission is to make our clients feel beautiful by providing the best and most effective aesthetic treatments in the nation in a friendly, relaxed environment.

Ready to invest in yourself? Schedule a free consultation today by filling out a request form or calling the LaserAway staff at (855) 233-9134. Our nurses look forward to making sure your service and skin are as smooth as possible!