Tattoo Laser Removal Aftercare
Here are some suggestions that you should follow after a tattoo removal session.
- Your skin is likely to experience some frosting in the area where the treatment took place. The heat from the laser can cause gas or plasma to form and carbon dioxide to be released from the skin, which causes the frosting. Your skin may swell. There may also be some redness right after the treatment. You can take Tylenol or ibuprofen to reduce the symptoms. You can also use a cold compress. Aspirin should be avoided.
- You will want to clean that area two times a day using a mild soap and water. You can pat the area dry in a gentle way.
- It is common for medical professionals to recommend a scar gel to be applied to the area that received treatment. This will soothe the skin and promote healing. A bandage should not be applied during this time.
- You do not want to disturb the skin while it is going through the healing process. You may see blisters form. You do not want to pop these blisters. Scabs are also likely to form. Be sure that you do not pick at, rub, or scratch them. If you do notice that a blister starts to ooze, a dressing may be applied. It should be changed twice a day until the drainage stops.
- You should avoid shaving or waxing the area that received treatment until the skin is completely healed.
- Besides the healing serum that was recommended by the doctor, no other lotions, creams, or makeup should be applied to the area during the first couple of days after the treatment.
- Avoid swimming, using a hot tub, and going to the sauna until the skin has completely healed.
- Avoid activities that will cause excessive sweating during the first two to seven days after treatment. Exercise and other physical activities can cause you to sweat, which can disrupt the healing process.
- After the initiate healing phase, you want to apply sunscreen to your skin. It should be at least 30 SPF or higher.
- Monitor your skin to make sure that it is healing properly.