How long does it take for skin to heal following Laser Tattoo Removal?


At FADE, we only use PicoSure® - the world’s leading Laser Tattoo Removal technology. It’s the gentlest and most advanced aesthetic laser technology available today.

During treatments with PicoSure®, PressureWave technology is used to deliver ultra-short pulses of specialized energy to targeted ink particles. These pulses are so rapid they cause a change in pressure that breaks ink apart into tiny dust-like particles. These tiny particles are then absorbed by the lymphatic system, a part of your body’s immune system, and eliminated naturally. With PicoSure®, ink is removed with pressure, rather than heat, making the treatments more comfortable and more effective than older technologies.

Treatments are quick - they are typically less than 10 minutes, and you can have treatment every 6 - 8 weeks. The sensation of the laser light on skin is uncomfortable and may feel like a slight pinprick or the sensation of heat. These sensations may last for a few hours.

As you have your treatment, you’ll notice an immediate ‘frosting’ appear over your tattoo - this is a normal part of the process and usually fades within a few hours or less. The frosting effect may become less pronounced as you have more treatments. You’ll see a noticeable fading of your tattoo from your first treatment.

Depending on your skin type, tattoos may blister or have pinpoint bleeding for a few days after treatment. We recommend that you treat the area gently, allowing it to heal and avoiding any irritants. With correct post-treatment care, your skin should start to heal immediately and in most cases will be well on the way to recovery within a few days.


Our full post-treatment directions are:

  • After cleansing and while skin is still moist, apply a thin layer of Aloe Vera or Aquaphor ointment to the treated tattoo.
  • Apply a non-stick pad over the tattoo until it is healed.
  • Avoid sun exposure to the treated area. Use a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply to the treated area every 2 hours when exposed to the sun. It is recommended that you make this a part of your skin care routine.
  • Cleanse the treated area at least daily with water and mild soap, and then pat dry.
  • Do not rub or scratch the area.
  • Discomfort may be relieved by using cool gel packs or acetaminophen.
  • If blistering occurs, keep the area moist by applying Aquaphor 3 times per day or antibiotic ointment on the recommendation of your GP.
  • Avoid swimming, soaking or using hot tubs/whirlpools until the skin heals.

Your FADE clinician will be able to run over all of these questions in detail with you, and will be able to map out a treatment plan and timeline based on your skin type and tattoo. Get in touch, or come in and talk to us today to take the first step in fading your tattoo.