Laser tattoo removal – post procedural care guidelines
There are various techniques for tattoo removal, including skin peels and microdermabrasion. By far the most effective though is laser treatment. Whilst laser treatment is a safe procedure, certain post-procedural measures must be observed, in order to avoid infection and ensure satisfactory results.
Apply an antibiotic ointment to the treated area, 3 times a day, throughout the 3 days that follow your laser treatment procedure. This keeps the skin safe from infection. It is necessary to protect the treated area using a sterile dressing. This will stop dust, dirt and any foreign bodies from coming into contact with the treated area.
The treated area must be kept clean and dry throughout the healing process. It is fine to clean the area with soap and water during bathing, as you would the rest of your body, but be sure to pat the area dry before gently applying a thin coating of antibiotic ointment.
Blistering after Laser Tattoo Removal
The blistering of the treated area is a perfectly normal reaction to the laser treatment procedure, and should not be cause for alarm. Blistering is a positive indication that the healing process is going as planned, and that the ink is being removed from your body. It is also normal for the blisters to burst, and means that the skin will heal faster.
Whilst it is not essential, you may want to apply a cold pack to the treated area. This will serve to ease discomfort and inflammation. Provided you are not prone to an allergic reaction, you may also want to take a Paracetamol based painkiller, and/or anti-inflammatory. Do not take any aspirin based pain relief, as this will thin the blood and risk unnecessary bruising and bleeding to the treated area, thus jeopardising the healing process.
As long as at least 2 hours have elapsed since the procedure, it is okay to take a shower; however, avoid exposing the treated area to direct pressure, and do not soak the area in a bath, hot tub or swimming pool until it has completely healed.
Using makeup on the treated area
The treated area will be particularly sensitive to sunlight so it is essential that you wear sunblock with a minimum SPF of 25, for at least 3 months after receiving the treatment.
Do not wear make-up either on or around the treated area until it is completely healed. Itching around the treated area is a completely normal reaction to the dehydrating that occurs during laser treatment. This itching can be eased using a vitamin E ointment or a hydrocortisone cream.
If the treated area starts to secrete yellowish liquid at any point or begins bleeding, or if you experience any discomfort that hasn’t been described above, then it is important to contact the clinic where the procedure was carried out. In case of an extreme reaction, call 999 and/or go straight to your nearest A&E department.