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How Should I Care For My Skin After Laser Tattoo Removal

If you have gone through a laser tattoo removal, you will need to make sure that you are following the right protocol after the procedure.

Laser removal has been proven to be the most effective and the safest way to remove unwanted tattoos. If you have had a removal or are considering one, this is what you need to know.

What To Do After Laser Tattoo Removal:

  1. For the first 24 to 48 hours after a removal procedure, you should apply a cold compress intermittently to help reduce swelling. You should also avoid hot showers, vigorous exercise, or any exertion that might cause you to sweat. You will want to keep the skin as cool and comfortable as possible.
  2. For the first three days, you will want to apply a healing ointment such as Aquafor or an antibiotic ointment to aid in the healing process.
  3. Avoid the use of makeup, lotion, or any other topical creams on your skin that have not been directly prescribed by your doctor.
  4. You can take acetaminophen if you need some pain relief, but you cannot take aspirin, naproxen, or ibuprofen. These all can thin your blood, causing more bruising or can cause you to bleed excessively.
  5. Avoid sunlight, pools, hot tubs, salt water, or anything else that could irritate your skin for the first couple of weeks. You need to make sure your skin has healed before you can join in this type of activity.
  6. If your skin blisters at all, continue to apply the medicated ointment. Do not pop any blisters. The blisters need to pop on their own naturally to avoid any excess damage to your skin.
  7. Just like with blisters, do not pick at or scratch any scabs that form. Picking at the skin can cause infections and scarring, as well as delaying the healing process.
  8. Under no circumstances should you shave over the area that is receiving laser treatment. That can cause more skin irritation as well as scarring and infection.
  9. Once it has healed, you should make sure to cover the area with sunscreen. You should be using sunscreen on your face and body daily regardless, but do take special care of the treated area.
  10. For at least a month after your tattoo removal, do not use self-tanning sprays or lotions. These can both irritate the skin and can stain the area that you are having treated.

The best thing that you can do following your laser tattoo removal is to follow all of the guidelines that you receive from your doctor. These instructions are meant to give you the best possible outcome for your treatment and ensure that your skin heals properly.

No one should have to suffer with a tattoo that he or she doesn’t want. Picoway tattoo removal could be the solution that you have been waiting for. Call Yaletown Laser for more information on how laser tattoo removal can help you.



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