Laser Tattoo Removal Aftercare.
Here is some important information regarding the aftercare for your laser treatment. It is important that you follow our recommended steps to achieve the best possible results.
Please keep in mind that like the laser tattoo removal process itself, the healing process varies depending on the individual. For most people, however, immediately after the laser treatment the area may be raised, red, and swollen. It can feel like bad sunburn. The affected area may have a pulsating feeling, as if your skin has a heartbeat of its own. The area will feel warm or hot to touch. These sensations are the effect created by the laser and your body’s natural response to it, indicating that the process that breaks down the ink in your tattoo has begun.
Below are other important steps you should take as part of the aftercare of your laser tattoo removal treatment:
Drink as much water as possible after receiving your laser treatment.
You can take Advil as needed, but please do not take any aspirin.
Clean the area with an anti-bacterial soap 2-3 times a day, and gently pat dry.
Blisters are common after a laser treatment and are likely to occur within 8 to 72 hours. Using a sterile lancet, pop any blisters. After a blister is popped, it will drain a yellowish or red fluid. This is normal. Apply hydrogen peroxide to the affected area after popping blisters. Blisters will typical refill after being popped. Be prepared to repeat this process as needed. Along with blisters, crusting, scabbing, bruising and redness can occur. This is all a normal part of the healing process.
Apply coconut oil on the area 2-3 times a day. Coconut oil is a natural anti-bacterial and will keep the area moisturized and help it heal.
For the first 3 to 7 days post-treatment, bandage the tattoo while you are out and about in the environment. Only keep it bandaged during the day, let it breathe overnight.
Pinpoint bleeding is common after a laser tattoo removal treatment, which refers to tiny bleeding spots that look like the point of a pin. This bleeding can last up to 48 hours after your treatment. Scabbing can be expected when you have pinpoint bleeding.
The skin at the laser treated area may be pink or pale after scabs separate from the skin. Loss of your natural pigment can occur, but in most cases is temporary. Healing is usually completed within 4 weeks, but can take longer.
It is very common to experience intense itchiness post treatment. Approximately 5-7 days after your treatment, the treated area starts to heal. It will begin to itch and possible scab. At this point, no bandage is necessary. The continued use of coconut oil, however, will help with the itch.
For the first week post laser, avoid exposing the laser treated area to extremely hot or cold water, hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms or swimming pools. This exposure may aggravate the area or cause infection.
It is fine to exercise post treatment but please listen to your body. If you experience any unusual pain or discomfort during exercise, please refrain from your workout.
You must protect the laser treated area from the sun with a zinc oxide sunscreen. Do not expose your skin to the sun in the 10 days following your treatment. You must wait until the area is completely healed. Sun exposure can cause hyper/hypo-pigmentation and other complications. If you are getting any sun exposure on the lasered area, please use a zinc oxide sunscreen.