LASER TATTOO REMOVAL PRE-CARE
Prior to your laser tattoo removal treatment, please avoid the following:
- Direct sun exposure or sun tanning booths for 21 days, or more, prior to treatment
- Use of sunless tanning creams for 5-7 days prior to treatment
- Use of tattoo "fading creams" for 4-6 weeks prior to treatment
Clients scheduled for a laser tattoo removal treatment should make certain the skin is thoroughly cleaned and dried, removing any cosmetics, oils, creams, or self-tanning lotions. Comfortable, loose fitting clothing that allows easy access to the treatment area should be worn.
We will be using our Smart Cool system pre/during/post treatment as cold air has been shown to provide the most effective relief during laser treatments. It is not recommended to take aspirin or ibuprofen before the treatment as this can produce pronounced bruising after the treatment is done. Tylenol or other non-aspirin products can be used, however, Ibuprofen and ice packs are strongly recommended post treatment as they can provide some pain relief and alleviate some swelling.
If Zensa or another topical anaesthetic is being used, please make sure that it has been applied at least 1 hour prior to your appointment.
LASER TATTOO REMOVAL POST CARE
- If the skin becomes itchy and flaky, an unscented skin lotion may alleviate some of the discomfort. If the itchiness becomes too much, there are some anti-itching creams and sprays that may help.
- The treated area must be kept clean and dry. A shower can be taken the next day, although the treated area should never be scrubbed. If a scab forms it is vital that you so not pick or scratch it.
- Avoid public pools and hot tubs for 2 weeks.
- During the length of treatments and for several months afterward, it is important to keep the treated area out of the sun and to use SPF 30 or greater if the sun exposure is unavoidable. This will help prevent permanent pigment changes to your skin. Tanning beds are to be strictly avoided.
- A healing gel and a dressing may be applied to the area immediately after treatment. Please leave the dressing on until the treated area can be kept clean and ice can be applied directly with a barrier between the ice and skin. Always use unscented soap and water when cleaning the treated area.
- After the procedure, some redness, bruising, swelling, and blistering is possible, so is crusting. DON'T PANIC! It will heal after some time, usually a week to 10 days, but sometimes up to 6 weeks.
- It is CRITICALLY important to take good care of the area to aid the healing process and to prevent infection. To ensure fast and safe healing, make use of a burn cream with regular dressing changes if necessary.
- An antihistamine can usually alleviate most of the symptoms of a mild allergic reaction. For more severe reactions, seek medical help immediately.
If any any point during the healing process you have any questions of concerns, please contact us.
If the questions are of a medical nature, we advise you to contact your doctor as well. There are absolutely no stupid questions where your health is concerned. It is always better to be safe, than sorry.