When you visit us at TattooBeGoneSF for Laser Tattoo Removal, we provide all the necessary aftercare instructions for you to heal at your maximum potential. Laser Tattoo removal is a simple outpatient procedure, but we take care to provide you with the steps to assure great results.
A superficial burn wound can be created by the laser tattoo removal treatment, clients may experience swelling or bruising. The immediate whitening of the treated area is the inks reaction to the absorption of the lasers light energy creating steam within the surface of your skin which usually last for several minutes. Scabs, bruising and crusts are normal post treatment and usually occur 8-72 hours after the treatment, which can last 1-2 weeks or longer. When the scabs separates, the skin in the treated area may look pale or pink. Pigmentary changes due to loss of skin pigment can occur and is temporary except in rare cases. Although times can vary, Complete healing usually takes 4-6 weeks.
1. Treated Area should be kept clean and dry, keeping the skin clean with soap and water you can then pat the area dry. A antibiotic ointment can be used up to 3 times a day for 3 days. a sterile dressing should be used to cover the treated area for those 3 days.
2. Swelling and slight bruising, occurs post treatment which is a natural mechanism of the bodies immune system. It indicates that the healing process and the removal of the framented tattoo ink has begun. Continue to keep area clean.
3. Cold compresses and ice packs may be used as needed after the laser treatment for any discomfort or inflammation. Tylenol should be taken istead of aspirin to reduce discomfort. Aspirin can increase the chance of bruising and bleeding.
4. Picking at scabs or allowing the skin to get scraped increases your chances of getting a infection and also increases your chance of developing a scar. Any shaving in the treated area should be avoided until the area is completely healed.
5. Soaking in the form of hot tubs, swimming pools or baths are not recommended as this increase the chances of infection. Wait until all scabs are completely healed.
6. Exercise is ok after treatment, considering all other after care instructions are practiced.
7. Use a sun block with an SPF of 25 or higher over the treated area for 2 months following the treatment.
8. Due to the dehydrating effect of the laser treatment, itching is very common. Aquaphor, hydrocortisone cream, or vitamin E ointment can be used to the treated area.
9. If you experience and unusual discomfort or notice any bleeding or the treated area looks infected (yellow or honey colored oozing and crusting) or develpo any other complictations, please contact the office immediately with any concerns and questions.
10. If you have any extreme reactions, go the the emergency room or call 911.
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