Treatment Pre- and Post-Care

Tattoo Removal Pre-Treatment Care

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.

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

Tattoo Removal Post-Treatment Care 

  • Keep the treated area clean, dry, and covered with a sterile dressing for thee first 3 days after the procedure. Soap and water are adequate for cleaning, but only pat the area dry. You may apply a thin coating of antibiotic oitnment or Aquafore up to three times a day for 3 days.
  • Blistering is common and is typically considered a good thing as it indicates your body is going through the normal healing process. Blisters may even assume some of the color of the tattoo ink as your immune system begins removing it from your tattoo. When/if the blister pops, put antibiotic ointment over the area for at least 24 hours.
  • Your skin may feel like it’s burning after the treatment. Use cool compresses as needed after the laser treatment to help reduce discomfort and inflammation. Application times are not to exceed 15 minutes with an hour in between re-applying. Tylenol may be helpful, but avoid blood thinners such as aspirin.
  • Avoid picking at or shaving over the scab to avoid infection and scarring
  • Wait at least 2 hours after the treatment before you shower. Avoid high pressure water.
  • Avoid any form of soaking of the area such as baths, hot tubs, and swimming pools, until all blistering and scabbing are completely healed.
  • Exercise is typically safe after the treatment as long as you care for the treated area as detailed here
  • Wear SPF 25 or higher sunblock over the area for 3 months following the treatment
  • For 48 hours after your treatment, avoid using makeup, crams or medications on or near the treated area unless recommended
  • Itching is very common and you may use Aquaphor, vitamin E ointment, or hydrocortisone cream on the area to decrease itching and hydrate the area.