So you have taken the leap and started your laser tattoo removal treatments with us.
One of the most important parts of your removal journey is the aftercare – what you do with it once you leave our clinic.
Initially the Laser Tattoo Removal treatment may create a minor superficial wound and it needs to be cared for properly to avoid any chance of infection.
Here are some of the key things you will need to keep in mind post-treatment that will keep your skin clean & healthy, giving you the best outcome for your complete removal or lightening process.
What we recommend:
During the first 24 hours
-Your LaserTat technician will talk you through the correct aftercare practices directly after your treatment and provide you with a take home print out.
-After 2-3 hours post treatment, gently remove the bandage. Wash with an antibacterial soap and warm water and gently pat dry the area. Be cautious of temperate – showering is absolutely fine but please make sure the temperature is not too hot on the treated area.
-Apply a thin film of antibacterial ointment such as our recommended Skinstitute LaserAid 1-2 times a day.
-Most clients may experience bruising or swelling and the area may feel like a light sunburn. A cold compress can be used during this time to relieve any inflammation, swelling or discomfort.
-If the area is a lower leg (Especially ankle or foot) elevate the area as much as possible for the next 24-48 hours.
-Some clients may then go on to develop blisters, crusts, or scabs within 12-72 hours, which may last for 1-2 weeks or more. This is all part of the healing process yet not all clients will get this initial reaction. Everyone is completely different!
Over the next 2- 21 days
-Continue to keep the area clean and dry while it is healing. This included avoiding all spas, pools or saunas & intense physical activity to reduce the chance of infection
-If you did develop blisters or scabbing DO NOT pick, pop any blisters or touch the area unnecessarily. The fluid in blisters is actually there to help heal the underlying layers of skin.
- Avoid direct or prolonged exposure to the sun. Getting sunburned on your laser treatment area is a really bad idea. Avoid all tanning products until the area is fully healed. Now is a good time to embrace your natural skin colour!
- Avoid shaving over the treated area. This can irritate the area and set your healing time back.
- Drink lots of water! It’s good for you & helps hydrate the skin which can promote faster healing.
-Pay attention to your lasered area and remember we are here to help!
If it looks aggravated or not as we have advised, or if you have any questions or concerns after your treatment, please don’t hesitate to contact us.