Laser Tattoo Removal Aftercare Tips

Tattoos are amazing art that decorates our bodies, and many people choose to use their bodies as canvas for works of art they like and to commemorate moments in their life. But sometimes, after a while, we start to regret tattoos and don’t want them on our bodies anymore. Tattoos can be lasered off or covered up with a new tattoo. But even if you choose to cover it up, a few laser removal treatments might be required. The treatments themselves don’t work without good aftercare, and here is what you need to be thinking of after removing your tattoo.

Know what to expect

Before getting laser treatment, talk to the people in the clinic and ask them what are all the things you should expect afterwards. Just in case they don’t inform you or you forget to ask, here is a quick rundown: You will be uncomfortable. It’s normal to experience pain, itching and a burning sensation in the first 24 to 72 hours. The one thing people usually get scared of are blisters. Keep calm, blisters are completely normal and will appear a few days after the treatment as a normal part of the healing process. So now that you know what to expect, let’s look at…

How you should take care of it

During the first few days, you will be experiencing pain and discomfort. Taking some painkillers is completely fine, but make sure you consult your doctor on which ones you should be taking, since some of them can thin out your blood and make the healing process harder. The second thing you need to think about is moisturizing. You have to keep your skin properly moisturized, just like when you first got the tattoo, and make sure not to overdo it. The best thing to do is ask for a good antibacterial cream that will moisturize at the same time.

You can shower a couple of hours after the treatment, but avoid direct water streams on the treated area and very hot water. Keep the area bandaged up and change the bandages at least once per day. If you get blisters, do not, by any means, pop them, because that can cause infection and complications. If you see any bruising, experience a fever or sense strange odors, go see your doctor immediately because those are all signs of an infection.

Be patient

It is very important to be patient with the whole process. First, do your research to find the best possible clinic. When I was getting my tattoo lasered off, I did some research on reliable clinics that could help me and I found a great one that provides safe laser tattoo removal in Sydney. If anyone offers instant results and clear skin after just one treatment – walk away. The process takes time and multiple sessions, in between which there has to be a healing process that lasts around 25 days, so be prepared to wait for the results for however long it takes.

As for how to avoid needing laser removal as a whole, the most important thing is to research your tattoo artist very well and make sure your tattoos are done professionally, in a sterile environment and to be sure you like the design. The things most often removed are names of former lovers and other signs of past relationships, so if you are considering getting a tattoo like that, you might want to think twice. Tattoos are expensive, they hurt and they are made to stay there forever, so if you are getting one, try to make sure it’s in a place you like and that it’s something you will want for a long time.

~ Diana Smith, Associate Editor

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