We want you to feel comfortable with your laser tattoo removal session, so here are some general aftercare guidelines.
The removal process
After laser treatment, the area will be cooled. This helps reduce swelling and ease discomfort. Later, the area may feel warm, there may be reddening of the skin, swelling, bruising, dry skin, and skin sensitivity. Aloe vera gel (available from chemists) can provide relief.
Occasionally, the area may blister or you may get hives or small spots / white-heads, although these are relatively uncommon. If the area blisters, or if scabs appear after blistering, they should be kept soft with a gentle aqueous cream such as E45.
Care should be taken to prevent trauma to the treated area for the first five days following treatment: no baths (including swimming), no aerobic exercise, massaging, etc. Avoid tight clothing.
If the treatment area is to be exposed to dirt, it should be covered with a dressing for 10 days. You should not participate in rough sport until the skin returns to normal.
The skin near the treated area may become fragile. If this happens, make-up should be avoided and the area should not be rubbed as this might tear the skin.
There may be changes of pigmentation in the treated areas. Most instances occur in people with darker skin types, or when the treated area is exposed to direct sunlight. The changes usually fade in 3-6 months but in rare cases may be permanent.
Exposure to Sunlight
You should use the highest factor sunscreen possible and protect the treated area from exposure to sunlight for one month following treatment. Tanning after treatment sessions may enhance melanin regeneration, which can result in hyper-pigmentation (darkening of the skin.)
Tanning the area being treated, either in the sun or with tanning beds, will result in you being unable to have laser treatment until the tan has faded.
If you have any concerns, please contact us immediately.
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