You have finally started your laser tattoo removal treatment! Now you are home and you realize that you forgot everything the laser tattoo removal specialist told you about properly caring for your treated area. If you are concerned that you are experiencing something out of the ordinary, you should find the information below to reassure you that the healing process is actually going smoothly. Following your aftercare instructions will ensure a speedy and healthy recovery.
What can you expect after treatment?
Laser tattoo removal is a relatively simple outpatient procedure. However, knowing exactly what to expect and how to care for the area will make your overall experience that much better.
- You must remove your bandages three hours after leaving the office.
- Keep the area clean and dry while it is healing. You may clean the area with soap and water and gently pat the area dry, do not rub it. You can shower three hours after your laser tattoo removal treatment, but we strongly advise you not to allow high pulsating water to hit the treated area.
- If the area itches, do not scratch it. We offer skin care products intended for laser treat skin, or you may apply a small amount of Aquaphor to the area to help reduce itching sensations. Cool compress may also relieve the itching.
- It will more than likely be a little raised, swollen and tender. Some people may experience slight bruising. If inflammation or discomfort arises, try applying cool compresses to the area for up to 24 hours after the treatment. Tylenol may be taken to help with these symptoms if it is a medication you have safely used in the past.
- Never Fear! Blisters may arise and are normal. They commonly appear around 8 hours after your laser tattoo removal treatment. As part of the healing process, blisters mean your immune system is trying to heal by removing the ink from the skin. Do not break blisters, allow them to drain on their own.
- Do not pick at any blisters, scabs or crusts that may form. This may result in scarring and infection! The healing process is similar to that of a new tattoo.
- Keep the treated area free of makeup, lotions or perfumes at least 48 hours after the treatment. It is best to keep the area completely free of any products during the entire healing process. Avoid sunless tanning products at the treated area for two weeks after your appointment.
- No sun exposure or tanning beds. This is extremely important to protect the treated area for three months after laser tattoo removal treatment. If you’re going to be in the sun and can’t keep the area covered, you will need to use a true zinc based SPF 30 or greater on the treated area.
Regular SPF will not suffice…it needs to be a zinc based product.
- Avoid swimming pools, hot tubs and Jacuzzis until after your scabs and blisters have healed.
- Drink lots of water and try to live as healthy of a lifestyle as you can. This will help pass the ink pigment as quickly as possible.
- Loss of skin pigment in the treated area is common and usually temporary.
- Healing is usually complete within a week, but can last several weeks.
We will follow up with you within 24 hours of your treatment and you are always welcome to contact us with ant questions or concerns.
If you are experiencing symptoms that are not listed above, be sure to contact us or visit your doctor immediately.