Why Can Skin Be Temporarily Yellow After Tattoo Removal?

Why Can Skin Be Temporarily Yellow After Tattoo Removal?

Tattoos are now common in everyday life. However, it reaches a time when the tattooed person may tire of it. At this time, they may seek tattoo removal. It is prudent to do your due diligence and identify the best ways to remove your tattoo.

Otherwise, you may end up with an infection that may lead to scarring and other complications. So, can skin be temporarily yellow after tattoo removal? Read up to learn more.

Can Skin Be Yellow After Tattoo Removal?


Yes, this is possible. However, the chances are minimal if you go to a professional. The technology you use to remove your tattoo matters. Therefore, be careful and ask all the questions you can before starting the process. Overall, yellowing is not usually permanent. It resolves itself within a couple of days.

What Causes Yellowing?


There are several causes of skin yellowing after tattoo removal. It can be due to hypopigmentation, blistering, or infection. Proper care in these cases will ensure that the issue resolves itself. Here is a look at each cause.



Hypopigmentation refers to the lightening of the skin in a tattoo removal treatment area that contrasts with the surrounding skin. It clears up in mild cases. However, it can be permanent if the hypopigmentation is severe.

A dermatologist or laser tattoo removal specialist should be able to examine your skin more accurately to determine if it is a total loss of pigment. Sometimes, it may be a reduction of color that will resolve itself over time. Check and give it time before rushing for treatment.



Sometimes, your skin may have some redness after removal. When the redness resolves, it may leave behind a yellow patch. The patch is still part of the bruising that will go away after some time. Many of those times, it will not leave any permanent mark. However, see a dermatologist if it does not go away. 



Sometimes, yellowing may be a sign of infection. Thus, you need to consult your laser tattoo specialist or your doctor when you notice the yellowing does not go away. They may recommend an antihistamine to reduce the swelling and inflammation. They may also recommend a topical cream to help with healing and hydrate the treatment area.

How to Avoid Yellowing


Yellowing is avoidable. However, start with getting an expert who will be mindful of the wavelength they are using. Your laser tattoo removal technician should also know when the ink lightening is too much. Other things you need to be careful about include:

  • Sun exposure: Too much sun exposure before or after tattoo removal can cause yellowing. Hence, be careful how much you walk in the sun before and after tattoo removal. Always use sunscreen before going out in the sun.

  • Improper care: You can avoid infections and bruises by cleaning the treatment area with warm water and mild soap. Avoid itching, and keep your bedsheets clean. Cleanliness will ensure that dirt, dust, or pet hair does not come into contact with the treatment area.

For more information on skin yellowing after tattoo removal, call inkoff.me at our office in, Stockton at (209) 323-8332 to discuss any questions or to book an appointment today.


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