Laser Tattoo Removal Aftercare Instructions
If you have just left our clinic after your first session, it is important to follow the following aftercare instructions. These guidelines must be followed to avoid side-effects such as skin infections and skin texture alteration. It’s important to follow all instructions as precisely as possible. This will also speed up your recovery and the pain that may come along with it.
1. Keep the Area Clean and Dry
It’s okay to experience a variety of side effects after the first session. The most common side effects include redness, tenderness, swelling, blistering, scabbing, bruising, and hyper- or hypo-pigmentation of the treatment site. It’s crucial to clean the affected skin gently with mild soap and water. Pat, do not rub, the healing area to dry it after a shower, bath or cleansing.
2. Deal with Blisters Wisely
An individual may experience blistering after the treatment, depending on skin sensitivity, the age of the tattoo, and the density of the ink used. Blistering may appear as one or more bubbles in the top layer of skin. Blistering will typically last three to five days and should not be disturbed during this healing period. If a blister becomes painful, carefully puncture it with a sterilized needle. Allow the blister to drain and promptly apply an adequate amount of antibiotic ointment and protect it with gauze.
3. Soothe pain using a Cool Compress
To reduce the mild after-treatment discomfort experienced in some patients, apply cold compresses to the affected area as needed in the days following the procedure. Cold compresses have been known to alleviate skin swellings and inflammations. Over-the-counter pain relief medications can also be administered. Avoid taking aspirin as it can increase your risk of bleeding and bruising.
4. Wear Loose, Soft Clothing
Common side-effects include tenderness and redness of the removal site. These side effects can occur for up to 72 hours after the procedure. This redness merely indicates that the top layer of skin is very sensitive and should be handled with caution. To avoid friction of the skin, wear loose, soft clothing that will not irritate the skin. Breathable cotton is ideal.
5. Do Not Pick at the Affected Area
If the area becomes irritated or itchy, you may be tempted to touch or pick at the skin as it heals. As your hands may contain harmful bacteria, it’s crucial not to touch the healing skin unless when cleaning it. Avoid shaving the removal site until your skin around the area is 100% healed.
Recovery is relatively quick, and the risk of infection is relatively low. By following these aftercare tips, you can minimize your risk of infection and other health problems. As mentioned, it’s important to follow these skin care protocols to have the best removal result possible and to avoid any infections.
By following proper skin care instructions, such as these, you can safely have your tattoo removed without further issues. If there an emergency please call 911.