Laser Tattoo Removal Aftercare Advice
Laser tattoo removal is considered a safe and effective procedure when performed by suitably qualified professionals using high specification equipment. Following aftercare advice will help you to reduce risks and improve your healing and end results.
After treatment, application of a clean cool pack can aid with comfort and reduce swelling. The pack should be applied for 5 minutes on, followed by 5 minutes off.
Regular application of a moisturiser or topical product of your choice can reduce downtime and protect the skin.
Light bleeding or oozing may occur, which can be managed by the loose application of a non-adherent dressing, perhaps secured with micropore tape
The tattoo may develop a bruised, grey or purple appearance after treatment. Redness may be evident underneath, through or around the tattoo and this will typically all fade over the course 7-10 days.
Blisters should not be intentionally or unintentionally ruptured. They should settle if protected and left alone. The tattoo site should be protected from trauma so contact or vigorous sports should be avoided until the area is fully healed.
Do not apply creams to ruptured skin.
Showering or bathing is permitted after 24 hours but do not rub the treated skin. Only consider massaging the tattoo after 10-14 days when the skin has clearly healed and settled.
Signs of infection include: profound or increasing redness, pus, excessive swelling, excessive tenderness or pain. Contact the clinic for urgent review in this scenario.
Protect the treated area from direct sunlight by keeping it covered . Apply sunblock at least 1-2x a day, minimum SPF 30, once the skin has settled and you are certain that there is no broken skin.