The purpose of this Informed Consent is to help you decide whether Laser Tattoo Removal is right for you and to help you make an informed decision to undergo this procedure. This Informed Consent gives you general information about the laser removal procedure and identifies the benefits, risks, side effects, and possible complications associated with Laser Tattoo Removal procedures.
RISK AND COMPLICATIONS:
* The laser procedure is an intense burst of light that is absorbed by the target lesion in the skin. There is a risk of eye damage from the lasers, which will be minimized by the wearing of protective goggles by all personnel in the treatment room during laser use.
* Clinical endpoints will change throughout the course of treatment. The sensation of the light may be uncomfortable at times or feel like a slight pinprick or a sensation of heat that may last from minutes to a few hours.
* Before the treatment, test spots may be performed. Test spots help to determine effective treatment settings.
* Cold air or a cool gel pack may be used during treatment or post-treatment to cool the skin and to minimize warmth. You will also hear a slight snapping sound during the treatment and feel the touch of the laser distance gauge (part of the device) in the treated area.
* Frosting (a white film) will appear on the skin only after the first treatment.
* Risk of patchy residual pigment, the persistence of tattoo pattern, change of permanent lightening of the skin color, change in skin texture, or hair loss/ thinning.
* Blistering and pinpoint bleeding may occur and is normal. You should elevate the treated area above the heart and minimize activity while the area is healing.
* Pain, discomfort, stinging, discoloration, redness, bruising, swelling, blistering, and crusting are common, but infection is rare.
* Previous treatment by any other method may increase any or all of the risks.
* Scarring is a rare possibility.
* Irregular pigmentation and mild texture changes can occur as a result of laser treatment, but these changes usually return back to "normal" over a period of 6 months to 1 year after the final treatment. You may also develop an acne-like breakout; it should resolve without intervention in 3-7 days as the lesion may turn to scab and slough off.
* After each treatment different amounts of fading will occur ranging from very little to significant amounts during the course of treatment.
* Despite our best efforts there remains the possibility that not all of the ink will be removed. Certain colors and certain types of ink may be more difficult to remove and many may appear darker before getting lighter. Multiple procedures may be necessary. Follow all necessary post-care aftercare required.
* Hyper/ Hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin) are possible risks and complications of the procedure. I understand that sun exposure and not adhering to the post-care instructions provided to me may increase my chance of complications.
TOPICAL ANESTHETIC REQUIREMENT (OPTIONAL):
* A topical numbing cream may be recommended. This should be applied approximately 1 hour before your scheduled laser tattoo removal session. There have been rare cases of lidocaine toxicity when used on very large treatment areas (full legs, back). For this reason, we strongly suggest coverage should not exceed the size larger than we suggest.
POST PROCEDURE INSTRUCTIONS:
* It is important that you comply with all post-procedure instructions. Please contact your doctor promptly if complications develop after the procedure. Laser-treated areas should not be exposed to sun or tanning beds. Not adhering to the post-treatment skincare instructions may increase the risk of complications.