Proper Aftercare For Laser Tattoo Removal

Proper Aftercare is needed to prevent unwanted effects from tattoo removal!

At our tattoo removal shop in Cincinnati we get a lot of questions post treatment about the best way to heal.  The laser tattoo removal treatment creates a superficial skin wound, along with bruising and swelling. There is immediate whitening of the treatment area, and then clients may experience  bleeding, itching, redness and swelling followed by the development of blisters, crusts, or scabs within 8 to 72 hours. These may last up to 2 weeks. You may have a treatment when blistering or other skin impairments do not happen. This does not mean a treatment was too aggressive or not aggressive enough or that the process is not working. You can react differently to each treatment. The treated area may turn pink or pale after the scab separates. Skin pigment changes can occur, and is temporary except in rare cases. Your site should be healed in 4-6 weeks.

Aftercare Instructions:

  • Leave the ointment and dressing in place for 3 hours to24 hours.  Then remove the dressing and keep it clean and unbothered till the site is healed. After the site is healed start our scar prevention protocol.

  • Shower, next day. Do not actively clean/rub the area; do allow soap and water to run over the site. If you take hot showers, decrease the temperature for 3 days. Keep the site clean and dry. You may cover the site with a non-stick dressing to keep the site clean and prevent irritation from clothing.

  • Do not use Neosporin or any other antibacterial ointment, these promote blisters, and impair healing.

  • Scar prevention protocol: Apply alcohol free Aloe Vera Gel or Acquaphor Ointment to the site up to 4 times daily. Massage the product of choice into the site. This will stimulate blood flow to the area, keep the site moist, help with scar prevention, and facilitate ink removal.

Treat the site only as needed:

  • Pain: Tylenol as per package directions and Ice bag for 10 minutes/off 30 minutes, etc.

  • Itching: This is common because a treatment results in dryness to the area. Use Hydrocortisone cream, Aloe Vera Gel, or a store brand of anti-itch cream. If the site is dry, blister free and has no open areas start the scar prevention protocol. This can help with itching and irritation.

  • Blisters: Be patient they will heal. Avoid tearing them, if they are large (dime sized) use a sterile needle or lancet and pop them at the base and allow the accumulated fluid to drain off; blisters do sometimes refill. You can cover the site with non-stick dressings till the blisters have cleared to prevent irritation from clothing.

Stay Healthy:

  • Avoid the sun; do not allow sun exposure to the treated area! UV exposure can slow the progress and cause scarring. If the site is free of blisters and open areas you may cover the site with Maximum Strength Desitin, do not rub it in, or rub it off, just put a generous layer over the treatment site before sun exposure. Make sure the site is well covered with Desitin before getting in a pool, beach, or lake. (This product is found in the infant/baby product aisle at most stores). This serves as a sunblock, not sunscreen. Re-apply as needed to the treatment area to maintain a layer of coverage as long as you are outdoors.
    Avoid hot tubs and saunas, they dehydrate and irritate the treated area.
    Do not shave the treatment area till healed.

  • No tanning, self-tanner, bronzer or spray tan 4 weeks before and after treatment unless the area is well protected, and the tanning products do not touch the treatment site.

  • The healthier you are the faster your body will attack and get rid of the tattoo. Exercise, eat healthy, hydrate (drink water), and refrain from smoking (Smoking slows down the removal of ink).

For more tips to help remove that unwanted ink check out this article by TattooRemovalSG