Sometimes we realize that the tattoo we have, that we were absolutely certain we were going to love forever, no longer reflects the person we are or the lifestyle we now lead. The tattoo could be an unwanted reminder of a memory you want to forget or be a barrier to your future goals. Luckily, there are ways to remove your unwanted tattoo.
Rochester Tattoo Removal provides safe and easy laser tattoo removal. Using the latest and most advanced laser light technology, we remove unwanted ink from your skin. It is a very safe process, however, there is a particular aftercare protocol to follow in order to maximize your healing. Scabbing, blistering, and crusting are common after laser tattoo removal and need to be attended to otherwise scarring might occur.
Your Skin During and After Laser Tattoo Removal
How does it work? A laser tattoo removal involves generating a superficial burn to diffuse the pigmented ink and to pressure the skin into the generation and reproduction stage. The new skin that is formed is tattoo-free.
There is an immediate whitening of the skin area and some clients may experience swelling or bruising. The whitening lasts for only several minutes but following that, within 8 to 72 hours, clients develop blisters, scabs, or crusts.
Blisters look like a bubbles on the top layer of skin. They are your body’s way of protecting your skin and preventing bacteria from entering. It is not advisable to pop or burst your blisters as bursting a blister might result in infection.
Once the blisters have receded, it is common for crusting and dryness to occur and for scabs to begin forming. It is important not to irritate your skin and to pick at or remove skin from a scab as that might cause unnecessary scarring. Be patient at this step since crusts and scabs serve as protection for your skin as it heals. As scabs begin to fall off, the skin area might lose all pigment but that is only temporary. In many cases, it takes four weeks for the area to heal.
Care Protocol and How to Heal After a Laser Tattoo Removal Procedure
Every Rochester Tattoo Removal specialist will provide you with specific instructions on how to care for your skin. Follow their directions and also keep these tips in mind:
- Keep the area clean and dry, using only mild soap and water.
- Apply antibacterial ointment to the area and cover in gauze for three days following your procedure.
- Apply a cool compress as needed for twenty four hours after the procedure to reduce tenderness and inflammation. Taking Tylenol is advisable, but not aspirin as it increases the chances of bleeding or bruising.
- Do not pop or burst blisters as that increases chances of infection.
- Wear a sunblock of 25 SPF or higher for at least three months after the treatment.
- Rest, relax, and do your best to avoid strenuous physical activity. In addition to keeping sweat off the area, your body needs time to recuperate and regenerate healthy skin.
Proper laser tattoo removal aftercare is crucial to a successful procedure. It helps your body and skin heal faster and better.
If you are considering tattoo removal, Rochester Tattoo Removal can help you by efficiently and professionally removing unwanted tattoos. Remove a specific portion of an existing tattoo, fade a design to prepare your skin for a brand new tattoo, or remove an entire tattoo. Expertly trained staff members are dedicated to amazing results and high client satisfaction.