Post Treatment Care

Post-treatment care determines your treatment success. Please read and follow instructions carefully. Contact your Technician if you have any concerns.

 

First 24 Hours

Immediately after treatment the treated area will be red and slightly swollen as if mildly sunburned. You may also experience areas of pin-point bleeding. Your technician will apply an antibacterial cream and dressing to the treated area which should be left on the skin until the next day.  You may continue to use a cold pack for comfort. You may develop some bruising, blistering or scabbing over the next few days. It is also common to develop an itching sensation as healing begins.

First 7 Days

  • There is no after pain, only a slight tenderness around the treated area
  • Keep the area clean and dry
  • Apply the aftercare cream (Bepanthen) 1-2 times daily
  • No Sun tanning or sun beds
  • Avoid excessive heat in the skin such as hot bath or shower, sauna etc
  • Use SPF 50+ when in the sun as well as protective clothing
  • Avoid injury to the skin
  • Avoid drinking alcohol and keep well hydrated
  • No picking at scab

First 8 weeks

No further tattoo on the area as the skin can scar

 

Possible Side Effects

There are minimal side effects with laser tattoo removal however, all procedures come with a small amount of risk. The most common side effect is an incomplete removal of the tattoo ink, despite undergoing multiple treatments. It is impossible to predict which tattoo will respond completely and which will not. Light skinned clients carry a much lower risk of complications and a higher success rate.

Some of the risks of laser tattoo removal include:

  • Scarring

With our advanced laser system, we are able to target the ink particles with the least amount of skin interaction. Scarring is very rare with tattoo removal but if it does occur then it is usually due to the fact that the client is prone to scarring or has picked at the scabs during the recovery period. A silicon based scar-reduction gel can help to reduce the risks of scarring. If there is scarring created when the tattoo was done, it will stay present once the ink has been removed.

  • Hypo-pigmentation

During treatment the laser will affect the pigment colour of the skin or melanin as well as the colours used in the tattoo. This has the effect of 'bleaching' out the skin, giving it a pale appearance on the skin. It usually returns to normal although it can take months possibly years to do so. In some cases, the treated tattoo never matches the colour of the skin surrounding it. This is more of a risk for people with darker skin or who have undergone several treatment sessions.

  • Hyper-pigmentation

Similar to the above except in this case, there are dark patches of skin around the tattoo. This can also resolve itself although there are skin products available to ensure a more even match between the two.

  • Infection

This is likely to occur if the treated area is not cared for after the procedure. It is vital that the skin is kept clean and bandages applied as per the clinic’s instructions.