An adverse reaction is an unexpected reaction to a drug or procedure. With regards to laser tattoo removal, an adverse reaction might also be considered an unexpected side effect. Common and expected side effects include blisters, swelling, redness, pinpoint bleeding, raised skin in the area of the tattoo, and temporary darkening or bruising of the skin. These are not considered adverse reactions, however, and they usually clear up within a few hours or days.
Although hypopigmentation occurs at a rate of five percent when laser tattoo removal is done properly, hypopigmentation-caused scarring is still the most common adverse reaction after treatment. This happens when melanin is removed, creating a significant contrast between the normal skin tone and the affected area.
Though rare, infection does occur after a laser tattoo removal session. It’s particularly common when treatments aren’t performed properly or the best medical lasers aren’t used. Additionally, it’s important that those who undergo laser tattoo removal treatments follow appropriate aftercare procedures. Not doing so puts the skin more at risk for infection. Always refrain from picking scabs or popping blisters, because these actions are likely to cause scar formation.
Muscle soreness is extremely rare after laser tattoo removal, but it may occur. This depends mostly on the treatment area and usually does not actually affect the muscles, yet it still simulates the feeling. It’s important to refrain from treating it as muscle soreness because applying ice or heat can severely damage the skin. It’s best to apply a bag of frozen vegetable wrapped in a clean cloth or allow the skin to heal on its own.