tattoo removal Post Treatment Care

Post-treatment care determines your treatment success. Please read and follow instructions carefully, because if you don’t, you can cause adverse effects. 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 dress 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. 
  • Avoid excess heat to the skin (exercise, hot bath, shower, sauna)
  • Keep well hydrated and avoid alcohol.
  • If the treated area is on the lower leg (foot or ankle) elevate the leg as much as possible.


First 7 Days

There is no after pain, only a slight tenderness around the treated area. The following recommended care will aid healing and reduce chances of infection and/or scarring.

  • Keep the area clean washing gently with warm water and mild soap.
  • Apply the aftercare cream (Bepanthen) 1-2 times daily.
  • Avoid exercises that may cause excessive sweating.
  • It is common to develop an itching sensation as healing begins, try to avoid scratching.
  • No picking at scab or pop blisters.
  • Do not expose the treated skin to the sun, if unavoidable use a 30+ sunscreen.
  • No sun tanning or sun beds or tanning products.
  • Avoid injuring the treated area (knocks and bumps).
  • Avoid swimming in pools or using hot tubs until the skin has returned to normal.


First 6 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:



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. If there is scarring created when the tattoo was done, it will stay present once the ink has been removed.



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.



Similar to the above except in this case, there are dark patches of skin around the tattoo. This can also resolve itself over time.



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.