Why do I have hives after a laser tattoo removal?

When a patient is having large areas treated for laser tattoo removal and the areas have very dense tattoo ink, it is not unusual to have an allergic-like response immediately after treatment including the development of raised hives around the area treated.  Some theorize that this is related to the body reacting to a large amount of fragmented ink particles all at once.  Symptoms may be immediate swelling, redness, and itching to the area.  The skin/tissue surrounding the tattoo may become raised and hard.


To minimize this reaction, it may be recommended to take an anti-histamine (Benadryl) one hour prior to the procedure each and every time there is a laser tattoo removal treatment performed.  Using hydrocortisone cream (not ointment) and cooling measures immediately following the treatment will also help lessen this response.  For those patients that experience a profound, exuberant reaction, it may be necessary to divide the laser tattoo removal treatments into two separate visits.


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Photos of allergic reaction including hives and raised bumps after laser tattoo removal treatment.

More Orange County, CA laser tattoo removal before and after pictures at www.celibre.com/tatba.aspx.  

Make certain your practitioner is experienced and knowledgeable in how to manage negative side effects following a laser treatment.


Lori Haney, RN, MEP-C

Certified Medical Laser Safety Officer

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