Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Considering I am now 13 treatments into the laser tattoo removal process, I feel pretty confident about what is to be expected, so I do not think anything new happened this last treatment, per se. Perhaps it was the summer weather, but I decided to leave my bandages off for a bit during those few to four days immediately post the last treatment. Well to my surprise, the blisters, that were moderate in size as compared to those of past treatments, just oozed yellow juice to such a volume that it was hard not to bandage it right back up, but the bandages were bothering me. Now, I am not new to the oozing, but I guess with the bandages on I usually do not realize just how much of it there is during the healing process.

Upon seeing my burn, someone remarked that yellow ooze typically means something is infected, I immediately knew that was not true, because yellow ooze has been a staple of this process since I first began. Yet, it got me thinking about how certain people, whom are just getting their first treatment, might wonder similarly, is it a bad sign? No, definitely not. But then, what is it?

Well I looked it up and the blister ooze is actually called 'serum', and it is released from broken cells when they get damaged, such as when the dermis layer of skin is damaged in a second degree burn, which is the consequence of laser tattoo removal. It is yellow due to the albumin protein, same as eggs (GROSS!!). Hopefully this information will satisfy those that think it might be infected. (http://www.worsleyschool.net/science/files/blister/page.html)

I learned two things from this. The first was that these burns we receive are second degree burns. This was news as I had thought them to be first degree, therefore lesser degree burns. Ouch! Second, I learned that if the dermis layer is not damaged then blisters will not form (I think...), which might mean, going back to an old post, that when I did not blister the laser didn't go deep enough to hit the dermis layer or just didn't damage it. It makes me think that not blistering is a sign the laser didn't work, as I had suspected.

Either way, I wanted to post a gross pic, so that you can compare your ooze to mine in case you were wondering if it is normal. I'm not a doctor, but this is normal for me.

[It does look like egg yolk....yuck!]


  1. Hey Sarah. I wanted to thank you for the very detailed and accurate chronically of your tattoo removal process. I've really enjoyed watching your progress as I am about 3 sessions throughout what will no doubt be a long experience myself. I actually also live in Arizona, Tucson specifically, and have received the new, multi-pass "R20" removal process. If you would be willing, I'd be very interested in trading information about experiences. I've done a ton of research on the topic and I would be happy to share...I also have some questions for you about where you received your treatment, etc. I will put my email address below. Please contact me if your interested in sharing information. Thanks again and great writing!


  2. Phillip,

    You're welcome! I know I could have used this info years ago as well. I'm also in Tucson. We probably go to the same clinic, but I'm not publicly saying which one that is until I'm all done, just so that I can be entirely honest and open. I'd love to see what research you have on the R20 method. I thought that people could email me through the contact me button, but if not, my email is sarah2ya at gmail if you want to send me some links or share your progress. That would be neat!