A MAN’S finger was left swollen and blistered after suffering a horrific reaction to a laser tattoo removal treatment.
Andrew Milne wanted his ex-wife’s initials removed from his ring finger and opted for a cheap laser therapy option.
But after his second treatment the 32-year-old was left with a huge pus-filled blister that caused his finger to swell to half an inch wide.
Andrew, a fashion account manager from Northamptonshire, said: “When I went to bed on Friday night the skin was slightly raised, about a couple of millimetres, which is quite normal after the first couple of laser sessions.
“But then I woke up on Saturday morning and it had really come up.
“It’s about an inch long and half an inch high, and it seems to be quite tough.”
“It’s not too painful, but it’s just very unsightly. It doesn’t look great at all. It’s lasted two days now, and it’s still going strong.
“I have mentioned it to the woman who did the laser session, and she seemed a bit concerned. She told me to just do my best not to pop it.”
Andrew has been careful not to pop the blister, which could leave him at risk of infection if bacteria were to get into an open wound.
“It does leak every now and then,” he said.
“I don’t think it’s anything to do with the place I had it done, I’m fairly sure that I’ve just had a bad reaction to it.”
Andrew had so far paid £35 for each of the two laser sessions he has had, and was told it would take anywhere between four and nine sessions to fully remove the tattoo.
Laser tattoo removal works by breaking down the tattoo ink into tiny pieces, which are eventually absorbed into the bloodstream and safely passed out of the body.
The tattoo should become progressively lighter with each treatment, but it’s a long, slow process, the NHS warns.
Afterwards the skin may be red with a raised rash in the area.
You should ice the skin to calm any irritation.
It may also be more sensitive to the sun, but you should have any adverse reactions like blisters, pus, bleeding or swelling.
For Andrew, his blister has made him reconsider the rest of his sessions.
“I’m not entirely sure if I will continue with the tattoo removal,” he admitted.
“It’s kind of put me off taking it any further.”
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