Laser Tattoo Removal Risks and Contraindications

Laser tattoo removal with PicoSure is safe. However, as with any surgery
or surgical procedure, you need to be aware of the risks & contraindications. Treatment is strongly discouraged in the following cases:


Just as you shouldn’t use creams to relieve pain during pregnancy and breastfeeding, it is not recommended you attempt tattoo removal during this period. However, if a woman is unaware of her pregnancy and undergoes a tattoo removal session, there is no need to worry.

Sun exposure and artificial tanning

Do not allow the areas you plan to treat to be exposed to the sun for at least 8 weeks before treatment. Not even for one hour. You should also be extra cautious of the effects of sun exposure on the area when engaging in snow and water sports. You should apply UV protection 8 weeks before and 2 to 3 weeks after a laser tattoo removal session. Self-tanning creams which involve an increase in melanin are also forbidden on the treated area before and after to avoid any risk of burns.

Sun-Sensitizing Drugs

It is essential to inform your practitioner if you take any sun-sensitizing medication (eg. anti-acne, antibiotics, etc.) before a session. For your safety, the technician may adapt or delay the treatment.

Cosmetics products

Perfumes, eau de toilettes, creams, and/or deodorants are to be avoided on the treatment areas the day of the appointment.

Medical Conditions

We don’t recommend PicoSure laser tattoo removal if you suffer from the following conditions:

  • Diabetes (insulin-dependent)
  • Hemophilia
  • AIDS
  • Hepatitis B or C
  • Eczema
  • Epilepsy
  • Allergy to tattoo products (inks, pigments, etc.)
  • Keloid scars