Why does laser tattoo removal cause frosting?

August 10, 2021

Author: Jamie Tomlinson

So you’ve finally decided to get rid of that unwanted tattoo. And have already started doing some research. In which case you may have come across the term ‘Frosting’. You may have seen some images or videos of the ‘frosting’ caused by laser tattoo removal.

Why does laser tattoo removal cause frosting?

‘Frosting’ or whitening of the tattoo pigment is the reaction caused by the laser penetrating the ink.

Now for the science:

The laser heats the ink pigment, which creates gas bubbles. This gas rises to the surface of the skin and is released in the form of carbon dioxide. Whilst this might look a little alarming, there is no cause for concern.

We want to see the frosting because this means the laser has penetrated the ink and the body is already going through the healing process.


Laser tattoo removal frosting photo

The frosting is only temporary and doesn’t last very long. In fact, in most cases only lasts for 10-15 minutes.

You are most likely to see significant frosting in the earlier sessions, and this reduces with each following session.

This is because each time we are treating the tattoo, we are dealing with lesser ink than before, therefore not as much frosting.

It’s important to note that not all colours cause frosting, and this is because not all colours react to the laser in the same way.


What else to expect after a treatment

Other than the frosting, immediately after a treatment, you may experience redness, swelling or pinpoint bleeding. The days and weeks following a treatment, you may see mild bruising, scabbing, crusting, or blistering. This is nothing to worry about and is all part of the healing process.

At Goodbye Tattoos, we will take you through all the aftercare post treatment. So you’ll have all the information you need.

After the treatment we apply a scar therapy gel which soothes the area. The gel helps with healing and scarring and draws the heat out area. Resulting in quicker recovery time. We advise that for 24-48 hours, you avoid swimming pools and saunas. Try and stay out of the sun, and make you apply sunscreen. Try to avoid any form of physical exercise. The area will feel tender for a few days to a few weeks so help avoid any skin damage it’s important to take precaution.

By following the aftercare advice you are given, you are ensuring your skin stays in the best possible condition and ready for the next treatment.

If you have any questions about the laser tattoo removal process, get in with Goodbye Tattoos in Sydney today. We offer free consultations and we are here to help you get on your laser tattoo removal journey. 1300 74 50 74 or info@goodbyetattos.com

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