You may have found yourself in the unfortunate situation of needing a tattoo removed. You might start to dislike an old tattoo, or you might want to remove a new one that didn’t turn out the way you’d hoped. Your tattoo artist probably told you what to do to take care of your tattoo, but there are also some things you should avoid before you get it removed. Here are five things to avoid before your session at Rochester Tattoo Removal:
1. Sun Exposure
Being in the sun increases your risk of hypopigmentation, or skin lightening, after your tattoo removal. Keep the tattoo covered up for at least a few weeks before your session to prevent pigment issues.
2. Spray Tans
Like sun exposure, a spray tan can also affect your skin’s pigment when you have the tattoo removed. Even if you try to avoid the tattoo with the spray tan, it’s very risky.
3. Topical Removal Creams
Tattoo removal creams have very low success rates and can damage your skin, so they’re not worth trying. Getting your tattoo professionally removed after using a cream can cause skin damage as well, so you’ll have to wait at least six weeks after the last usage to make an appointment.
You’ll have to be off of antibiotics for two weeks before your tattoo removal session. Taking your antibiotics properly is more important than your tattoo, so if you get sick and need to take them, reschedule your appointment. Be honest with your technician about antibiotics and other medications you’re on.
5. Removing It Immediately
Unfortunately, you have to wait six weeks after getting your tattoo to have it removed. This will give your skin time to heal. If you immediately regret the tattoo, try to keep it covered up and be patient until you can make an appointment.
Make sure you avoid all of these things before your appointment at Rochester Tattoo Removal. If you have done any of these, be honest with your technician. It’s better to reschedule your appointment than to risk further damage to your skin by removing your tattoo when it’s not safe.