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Laser Tattoo Removal Aftercare

After treatment, your treated area may seem like a superficial burn wound. Many patients experience immediate whitening of the area, plus bruising, swelling, blistering, and scabbing. Here are some basic guidelines to handling these side effects and achieving excellent laser tattoo removal results:


  1. Keep the treated area clean and dry during the healing process. If necessary, clean the area gently with mild soap and water and pat dry.

  2. Blistering is common after laser treatment and is a part of the natural healing process. Do not be alarmed by blisters, but do protect the area and apply an ointment after the blisters have popped.

  3. You may apply cool compresses if necessary after the treatment to help reduce discomfort and inflammation in the unlikely event that this occurs.

  4. Do not pick any scabs that form. This step is very important to prevent scarring. Avoid any activity (such as shaving) in the treated area that may cause scabs to remove.

  5. Feel free to shower 2 hours after treatment, but avoid high water pressure hitting the treated area. Also, do not soak the treated area until all scabs and blisters have completely healed – that means no baths, hot tubs, or swimming to prevent the chance of infection.

  6. Exercise is generally safe after treatment, as long as all other after care instructions have been followed.

  7. Wear a sun block of SPF 30 or higher over the area for 3 months following treatment. Avoid wearing make-up or creams near the treated area for the first 48 hours after treatment.

  8. Itching is very common due to the dehydrating effect of the laser. Use Aquaphor, Vitamin E ointment, or hydrocortisone cream to moisturise the area as it heals.

  9. If the area looks infected (honey-coloured crusting, oozing, spreading redness) or you have an extreme reaction, immediately contact medical professionals for help.

  10. Healing is usually complete in about 4 to 8 weeks, depending on the patient’s after care, immune system, and level of treatment. Scarring, which can be hypertrophic or even keloid, can occur but is very rare. Loss of skin pigment (or excess gain of skin pigment) in the treated area may occur, but is temporary in almost all cases.

  11. After 72 Hours, start gently massaging the area carefully to help the bodies lymphatic system begin the elimination of the tattoo. 

  12. Stay Hydrated, drink plenty of water.

If you are unsure about anything after your treatment, please get in touch and I will be happy to answer any of your questions!

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