Blistering is a common side effect of PicoSure laser treatment but it is not indicative of whether a treatment will be more successful. These blisters are generally not thermal in nature but rather, they are produced by the photomechanical action of the PressureWave. Several factors may increase the likelihood of blistering including the size, color and location of the tattoo. I have performed thousands of PicoSure treatments and found that while blistering is common it is also harmless. Some patients blister very little or not at all and still have outstanding clinical results. When blistering is severe it can be unnerving to a patient who experiences this phenomenon for the first time. Large blisters can be drained and the entire area should be kept clean, moisturized (I recommend Aquaphor) and covered. Blistering usually subsides in about a week and can be followed by redness which can last up to 8 weeks. It’s important to remember that these signs and symptoms are normal responses to treatment with PicoSure.
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