Aftercare instructions for Laser Tattoo Removal

Here are our aftercare instructions which all patients receive at their first laser tattoo removal session. Patient must follow these instructions to ensure the safest and most effective results.

  • A dressing will be applied to the treated area immediately after your treatment in the office & should be left in place (or replaced with a fresh one) until the next day.

  • Exercise after a treatment the first day is permitted if there's no friction on the treated area.

  • Cleanse gently twice a day with soap and water.

  • Apply aloe vera aftersun gel while treated area is red, puffy or blistered

  • If you have ever developed a thickened scar or a keloid, or want to minimize your chances of scarring, purchase & apply Contractubex twice a day for at least 8 weeks after each treatment.

  • If blisters form (this is not unusual, especially with early treatments or tattoos that were done on top of another), do not puncture them. Let them reabsorb or break on their own but keep Vaseline or antibiotic ointment & a bandage over them.

  • Keep the treated area moist 24 hours a day until any crusting is gone and then start applying Germoline or savlon

  • If there is any crusting or oozing from the treated area (this is not unusual, especially with early treatments) continue applying Vaseline or antibiotic ointment after cleansing and then cover with a bandage to help the ointment keep the treated area moist.

  • If you develop crusting or a scab, don’t pick at it or you may cause scarring & avoid swimming or using hot tubs until it is dry.

  • If you don’t develop any crusting or blisters you may remove the bandage the morning after the treatment.

  • The treated area may feel slightly sunburned for a couple of days and cold packs can be applied as needed for comfort.

  • The treated area may remain red & puffy for a few weeks.

  • It’s common to develop an itching sensation in the treated area even weeks after a treatment. If applying Vaseline to the area doesn’t decrease the itching, you can apply 1% hydrocortisone ointment.

  • In between tattoo removal treatments, cover the tattoo when outside. Sunscreen alone is not enough protection.

  • If you develop redness in the treated areas or stop seeing improvement in the fading of the tattoo, extending the interval between treatments to 12 weeks often provides improvement in results.

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