Tips for Healing After Laser Tattoo Removal
A laser tattoo-removal treatment is performed as a simple outpatient procedure. During the process, heat energy is used to shatter the ink pigment particles of a tattoo. These particles are naturally flushed out by the body.
Helpful Tips for Laser Tattoo-Removal Patients
Healing times for laser tattoo removal vary between patients. With the following tips, you can expect to make a successful recovery after laser tattoo removal:
- Tip #1: After the tattoo is removed, ensure the area remains dry and clean. When necessary, use a mild soap to clean the treated area. Use water to rinse and gently pat dry. Avoid rubbing the area.
- Tip #2: We recommend applying a topical antibiotic ointment to the treated area. Apply it as recommended, especially during the first few days after the treatment. After applying the ointment, cover the area with a clean dressing.
- Tip #3: Some people report mild blistering within eight hours after the removal. Blisters are a normal part of the process and can be treated with ointment.
- Tip #4: If you’re noticing any inflammation or discomfort, apply a cool compress to the affected area as required. You may need to do this in the first 24 hours after the tattoo is removed.
- If you are experiencing extreme pain after the treatment, speak to Dr. Romans and Dr. Silk about a recommended pain-relief medication. Avoid taking aspirin, as it can increase the chances of bruise formation.
- Tip #5: All the tips mentioned above will minimize the risk of infections, but you still need to be vigilant about it. Abnormal crusting, oozing, spreading redness, tenderness, and bleeding are the basic signs to look for. Immediately notify Doctors Silk and Romans if you see any of these signs.
- Tip #6: Avoid picking at your scabs. This scrapes the skin and may cause scarring and infection.
- Tip #7: Avoid shaving in the treated areas until your skin has healed.
- Tip #8: You may shower after two hours. However, avoid using high-pressure jets to clean the treated area. Avoid soaking in a bathtub or sauna until your scabs and blisters have healed.
- Tip #9: You may resume exercising after the treatment, but take into account the instructions for personal care mentioned in these tips.
- Tip #10: When heading out, be sure to apply at least SPF-25 sunblock or higher. Please follow this routine for up to three months after the procedure. Avoid wearing creams or makeup near or on the treated skin for up to two days.
- Tip #11: Laser tattoo removal has a dehydrating effect on the body. Because of this, it can cause lots of itching. Apply a Vitamin E ointment or hydrocortisone cream to feel relief from itching.
- Tip #12: If the treated area appears honey-colored, has spreading redness, or is bleeding, contact us immediately.
By using these tips, you can expect optimal healing following laser tattoo removal.
Contact Us for More Information on Laser Tattoo Removal
To arrange your laser tattoo-removal consultation, contact the office of Dr. Matthew Romans and Dr. Jeremy Silk, board-certified plastic surgeons with years of experience. The doctors will be available to discuss this treatment in detail and can answer all your questions.