Laser tattoo removal is the safest, most effective, noninvasive method for getting rid of unwanted ink. However, great results can only be achieved through proper aftercare. Our laser promises to do its job by breaking up the ink in your skin, but it is the patient’s responsibility to make sure his/her skin receives the care it needs to heal outside of our clinic. Proper aftercare prevents infection and serious unwanted side effects from occurring. Below are general guidelines on how to care for your skin after a laser session. All patients will receive a detailed aftercare instruction sheet to take home after their treatment.
Keep the treated area clean and dry. Lightly clean the area with soap and water, then pat to dry. Cover the treated area with a bandage and antibiotic ointment the first three days following a treatment. Change the bandage at least three times during that duration.
Avoid any water activities that involve soaking of the treated area. This includes baths, pools, hot tubs, swimming activities, etc. Showers can be taken as long as the treated area is not directly being hit by high pressure water.
Do not be alarmed by scabbing or blistering. These are very common side effects and are signs that your body is working to remove the ink from your skin. Allow these side effects to heal on their own. Picking or popping any scabs or blisters can lead to infection and more serious unwanted side effects like scarring. Apply an antibiotic ointment at least 24 hours after the scab or blister naturally falls off or pops on its own.
Patients may experience temporary itchiness and swelling. Apply a cold compress or soothing ointment (Aquaphor or Vitamin E oil) to alleviate any discomfort.
Patients may experience inflammation and slight discomfort. Tylenol may be taken, but patients should avoid taking aspirin to avoid risks of bruising or bleeding.
Patients should avoid excessive sun exposure and tanning activities to avoid skin discoloration. Apply a sunblock of SPF 25 or higher the first three months after the treatment site has completely healed.
Patients with stronger immune systems have experienced faster fading. Daily exercise and increased water intake will help boost the immune system and increase blood flow to the treatment site.
Patients should contact our office immediately if unusual or more serious side effects are experienced.