Aftercare for Tattoo Removal

Tattoo Removal Aftercare

Aftercare for Tattoo Removal

A tattoo removed by laser treatment can create a superficial burn wound. Some people may experience swelling or bruising. You may experience an immediate whitening surrounding the treated area, this usually lasts for a few minutes. After laser tattoo removal some clients can then develop scabs, crusts or blisters within 12-72 hours from laser tattoo removal, this can last for 1 to 2 weeks or even more. The treated areas of the tattooed skin may be pale or pink after the scab has separated. A loss of skin pigment can occur in the treated area and can be a common symptom, but is usually only temporary. The healing process for tattoo removal is usually complete from between 6 to 8 weeks.

Tattoo Removal Aftercare Instructions

You will need to keep the treated tattoo area clean and also dry during the healing process. Gently clean the area with unscented soap and water then pat the area dry gently with a clean cloth. A thin coating of antibiotic cream may be applied from two to three times a day whilst the area is healing but remember to keep the treated area covered with sterile dressing.

A cool compresses can be applied as and when necessary for up to 24 hours after the tattoo laser treatment to reduce inflammation and discomfort. Asprin should be avoided but you may take plain Tylenol (Asprin can increase the risk of bleeding or bruising.)

Try to avoid the skin to become scraped or scratched and do not pick at any scabs that form, as this may result in scarring or infection. Avoid shaving the treated area until it is healed completely.

Do not wear make-up or any cream or medication unless recommended by our office for 48 hours.

For 3 months following you laser treatment wear a sunblock with an SPF of 25 or higher over the area where the tattoo has been removed.

If you see that the area looks infected (spreading redness, oozing or crusting the colour of honey), if you experience bleeding or unusual discomfort, if you find that other complications develop, or if indeed you have any concerns or questions, contact the tattoo laser surgery without delay. Of course, for any extreme reaction (such as moderate to severe rash, moderate to severe facial swelling, if your in distress or have any difficulty breathing) call the emergency services and go to your nearest hospital emergency department.

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