The tattoo removal laser treatment may create a superficial burn wound. Some clients may experience redness, swelling, or bruising. There is an immediate whitening of the treated area which usually lasts for several minutes. Many clients develop blisters, crusts, or scabs within 12-72 hours, which may last for 1-2 weeks or more. The treated areas may be pale or pink after the scab separates. Loss of skin pigment in the treated area is common, and is usually temporary. Healing is usually complete by 6-8 weeks.

  • Keep the treated area clean and dry while it is healing. Clean the area gently with soap and water and then gently pat the area dry. You may apply a thin coating of antibiotic ointment up to three times a day while the area is healing but only necessary if you keep the area covered with a sterile dressing.
  • The treatment area may feel like a sunburn. You may apply cool compresses or ice as necessary for 24 hours after the laser treatment to help reduce discomfort and inflammation. You may take plain Tylenol, but avoid aspirin (it can increase the risk of bruising and/or bleeding.)
  • Do not pick the scab or allow the skin to become scraped, as this may result in infection and scarring. Shaving should be avoided in the treated area until it is completely healed.
  • Do not wear makeup or any cream or medication unless recommended by our office for 48 hours.
  • Avoid sun exposure when possible. Wear a sunblock with an SPF of 25 or higher over the area for 3 months following the treatment. Sun will travel through your shirt or pants.
  • Please call your primary care physician if an infection develops.
  • It takes 2 weeks for your body to absorb whatever amount of ink has been broken up during this treatment & may take a few treatments before you see a difference.
  • REMEMBER : Drink lots of water!!!
  • If you have any questions regarding your tattoo removal process, please do not hesitate to call us at 724.525.0314
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