Often patients have concerns about blisters and swelling following their laser tattoo removal treatment. The most common cause of these symptoms is not following the aftercare instructions. Especially, the instructions that require patients to ice the area, keep it elevated (above the level of the heart) and limit physical activity until the area is fully healed.
Not everyone has the same definition of “physical activity”. Everyone understands that they should not exercise. Still, many people do not know that cooking, gardening, grocery shopping, and even driving are all physical activities. This all can lead to blisters and swelling.
While not following aftercare instructions is usually the cause of blisters and swelling, it can also occur with the treatment of dense tattoos, “cover up” tattoos, and colored tattoos. Every so often, blistering or swelling can occur for no reason at all.
The good news is that while blisters and swelling may be off-putting, they usually resolve without incidence as long as proper care is followed.
Successful treatment of blisters and swelling is very simple: