So you recently completed your first laser tattoo removal treatment, but in the midst of all the excitement, you forgot everything the laser tattoo removal specialist told you about properly caring for your treated area. No worries, below are five useful laser tattoo removal aftercare tips that will ensure a speedy and healthy recovery.
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. So before we get into the five tips, let’s first cover what you can expect.
- The newly treated area may create a superficial burn or wound. It will more than likely be a little raised, swollen and tender.
- Some people may experience slight bruising.
- Many clients will develop small blisters, crusts or scabs within 12 to 48 hours after the treatment. This is common and should only last for 1 to 2 weeks.
- Loss of skin pigment in the treated area is common and usually temporary.
- Healing is usually complete in 6 to 8 weeks
Now that you know what to expect, below are seven tips to properly care for the newly treated area.
- Keep the area clean and dry while it is healing. You may clean the area with soap and water and you’ll want to gently pat the area dry.
- If the area itches, do not itch it. Instead, apply an antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin to the area to help reduce itching sensations.
- If inflammation or discomfort arises, try applying cool compresses to the area for up to 24 hours after the treatment. If you’re still experiencing discomfort or inflammation, Aleve may be taken to help with these symptoms.
- Do not pick at the scabs or allow the area to be scratched or scraped. This may result in scarring and infection. Protect the area to the best of your ability.
- Do not wear any makeup or lotions on the treated area for at least 48 hours after the treatment. Really, we like to say keep the area completely free of any lotions or makeup.
- No sun or tanning beds. This is extremely important. 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 25 or greater on the treated area. Regular SPF will not suffice…it needs to be zinc based.
- Drink lots of water and try to live as healthy of a lifestyle you can. This will help pass the ink pigment as quickly as possible.