Laser Tattoo Removal Aftercare is important!
If you want your laser tattoo removal procedure to achieve the best results, you need to care for it properly. Take note of the aftercare instructions that your doctor gives you, and make sure you follow them. Here are some important tattoo removal aftercare instructions to follow:
The first three days after treatment
- Feel free to shower 2 hours after treatment, but avoid high water pressure hitting the treated area.
- For the first 24 hours following the procedure, any swelling and discomfort may be alleviated using a cold compress. Take regular Tylenol, but avoid aspirin (it can increase the risk of bruising or bleeding).
- Avoid physical activity, hot showers, and saunas for the first 24 hours following the procedure.
- Avoid wearing makeup or creams near the treated area for the first 2 days after treatment.
- For the first 3 days after treatment, keep the treated area bandaged with sterile gauze and protected with a thin layer of prescribed antibiotic or healing ointment. Change the dressing daily.
- After 3 days, 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.
Four days to three months
- For the first two weeks, avoid direct sun exposure, soaking in hot tubs, pool water, and saltwater. Wait until the treated area is fully healed.
- Wear a sunblock of SPF 25 or higher over the area for 3 months following treatment.
- Exercise is generally safe after treatment, as long as all other aftercare instructions have been followed.
- 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.
- Don’t 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.
- Itching is very common due to the dehydrating effect of the laser. Use Aquaphor, Vitamin E ointment, or hydrocortisone cream to moisturize the area as it heals.
- 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 for at least 24 hours after the blisters have popped.
- If the area looks infected (honey colored crusting, oozing, spreading redness) or you have an extreme reaction, immediately contact medical professionals for help.
Healing is usually complete in about 4 to 8 weeks, depending on the patient’s aftercare, immune system, and level of treatment.
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