Curious to know how to ensure the best outcomes at Rochester Tattoo Removal? We will go over the steps in this months’ blog.
At your first appointment, we’ll be sure to go over every step that makes the tattoo removal process a successful one. Detailing all of the aftercare that goes into your skin’s healing will be a priority for us to ensure that your healing process is as quick and painless as possible.
Tattoo removal with a laser is actually a process that works by creating a superficial skin wound, much like the wound of a burn. There may be some minor side effects to expect during this process. Some of these include bruising, skin whitening, swelling, scabbing and blistering. Don’t worry, as these are all very normal to the removal process, and they will go away within a few weeks. The after care that you take at home will help these side effects to subside.
Aftercare Suggestions for Laser Tattoo Removal
It is just as important for your skin health to take care of a tattoo removal as it is to take care of a fresh tattoo. There are processes to follow and certain things to avoid. It will be very tempting to itch during the healing process, just like a fresh tattoo, but it is crucial to avoid scratching! In addition, try to avoid exposure to the sun, and any water that isn’t fresh – this includes pools, hot tubs, and salt water.
You will likely experience some scabbing and possibly blistering, which can be remedied with the application of ointment. It may be tough to avoid picking at the scabs or popping the blisters, but this is not a good choice in the long run. In fact, avoid any activities that will come to near the skin’s surface, especially when scraping may be involved.
The First 24 Hours
Again, it’s very important to avoid any sort of liquid touching the skin that isn’t natural water or ointment. If you must shower immediately, wait at least two hours. In the shower, be sure to use water that is low in pressure, and avoid soaking the treated area. Afterwards, it will help to use a cold compress on the area, and elevate it if possible, to avoid inflammation and pain. Tylenol is a recommended pain reliever for the first 24 hours and beyond, but avoid ibuprofen as it can cause additional negative side effects.
The Next Three Days
These days are very important to the healing process, which will sail more smoothly with proper bandaging. The area must first be cleaned, if necessary, with water and possibly a very mild soap. Then, apply ointment in a thin layer, such as Neosporin or Aquaphor. Ensure that the bandage is fresh and sterile, and then apply to the tattoo removal area. Be sure to keep it bandaged at all time, and avoid makeup during these days as well.
The Following Five to Ten Days
This period is when you will likely see the most improvement; however, aftercare is still very critical at this time. Gentle massages throughout the day actually help your body to break up the ink and quicken the fading time. You’ll certainly want to continue covering it during this time and protecting it from sun exposure and anything unnatural.
Going forward, as your tattoo fades and the removal area heals, remember that it never hurts to be overly cautions – continue avoiding excessive sun exposure or chemicals in pools or hot tubs, and remember to protect it with at least SPF 25 for no less than three months. While the tattoo removal process can be a difficult one, our staff is always available to answer any questions or address any concerns about your healing process.