Laser tattoo removal aftercare

Cold compresses (not ice) and recommended skin care products such as Aloe Vera may be useful to reduce swelling and erythema or general discomfort. Erythema may last for several hours.

  • A sterile non-stick dressing such as Boots Melolin may have been used on the treatment area just to allow you to get home without clothing or belts etc rubbing the area. It is advisable to remove this as soon as you get home to allow the lasered area to dry and heal naturally.
  • Your skin will be fragile for 2 to 3 days. Use gentle cleaning – do not rub the treatment area. Aloe Vera gel can help aid recovery
  • Avoid sun exposure and tanning creams during the entire course of treatments. Use SPF 30 or greater on the treatment area if you go into the sun.
  • The treatment area may be left open and uncovered. Do not scrub the area. Do not use any products on the treated area without first consulting your Aesthetic Laser Therapist.
  • Avoid soaking for 24 to 48 hours. No hot tubs, whirlpools or baths, but showers are allowed if tepid water is used.
  • Avoid excessive sweating for 24 to 48 hours. No saunas or vigorous working out.
  • Keep areas well moisturised and allow the blisters to flake and fall off on their own. DO NOT PICK AT THE BLISTERS! This is the most common cause of infections and subsequent scarring.
  • Avoid irritants such as Retin-A, Retinol, Renova, glycolics, bleaching creams and exfoliants for at least two weeks.
  • Refrain from alcohol for 3-7 days (alcohol may dilate blood vessels in the treatment area)
  • Keep well hydrated
  • It is best to avoid smoking for a period of several weeks before and after your procedure, as smoking constricts the capillaries and taxes the immune system, thereby slowing healing and results
  • Avoid photosensitivity inducing foods (Celery, Leek etc)

On occasion, clients may experience honey coloured fluid (pus) oozing from the blistered skin. If it does occur, the client should apply a topical antiseptic ointment such as Savlon. If this oozing pus lasts for more than two full days the client needs to seek medical attention from their GP who will probably prescribe antibiotic cream.


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