Tattoo Removal Aftercare

Laser Tattoo Removal Aftercare

It is critical to follow all aftercare instructions to prevent complications, scarring and to achieve optimum results.  Please read carefully.

After treatment, your treated area may seem like a superficial burn wound. Many patients experience immediate whitening of the area, plus bruising, swelling, blistering, and scabbing. Here are some basic guidelines to handling these side effects and achieving excellent laser tattoo removal results:


  1. Keep the treated area clean and dry during the healing process. If necessary, clean the area gently with mild soap and water and pat dry.
  2. Blistering is common after laser treatment and is a part of the natural healing process. Do not be alarmed by blisters, but do protect the area and apply an ointment after the blisters have popped.
  3. You may apply cool compresses if necessary after the treatment to help reduce discomfort and inflammation in the unlikely event that this occurs.
  4. Do not pick any scabs that form. This step is very important to prevent scarring. Avoid any activity (such as shaving) in the treated area that may cause scabs to remove.
  5. Feel free to shower 2 hours after treatment, but avoid high water pressure hitting the treated area. Also, do not soak the treated area until all scabs and blisters have completely healed – that means no baths, hot tubs, or swimming to prevent the chance of infection.
  6. Exercise is generally safe after treatment, as long as all other after care instructions have been followed.
  7. Wear a sun block of SPF 30 or higher over the area for 3 months following treatment. Avoid wearing make-up or creams near the treated area for the first 48 hours after treatment.
  8. Itching is very common due to the dehydrating effect of the laser. Use Aquaphor, Vitamin E ointment, or hydrocortisone cream to moisturise the area as it heals.
  9. If the area looks infected (honey-coloured crusting, oozing, spreading redness) or you have an extreme reaction, immediately contact medical professionals for help.
  10. Healing is usually complete in about 4 to 8 weeks, depending on the patient’s after care, immune system, and level of treatment. Scarring, which can be hypertrophic or even keloid, can occur but is very rare. Loss of skin pigment (or excess gain of skin pigment) in the treated area may occur, but is temporary in almost all cases.


Saline Tattoo Removal Aftercare

1.  KEEP AREA CLEAN and open to the air.  Do not cover with a plaster, bandage or anything else- leave open to air. Air/oxygen provides good and faster healing. You should not be touching the area at all but if you find yourself needing to please make sure your hands are exceptionally clean.

2. CLEAN BY BLOTTING AREA with a saline solution 3 to 4 times a day using a paper towel or gauze.  NO ICE.

3. DO NOT SOAK the treated area in water.  You can shower as normal but keep the area out of the shower spray the best you can and do not let the area stay wet for more than a few minutes. It is best to keep it dry but if you do get it wet gently pat dry.


5. DO NOT disrupt the scabbing process (i.e. no picking, scratching, etc.)  All scabbing must fall off naturally. If you force or pick a scab off you will disrupt the process and possibly cause scarring. It is critical to keep the scabs on as long as possible to achieve optimum results.


7. ONCE ALL SCABBING HAS NATURALLY FALLEN OFF, apply one drop Vitamin E Oil 3 to 4 times throughout the day for a minimum of 4 weeks, or until next lightening session.  DO NOT start applying the Vitamin E oil UNTIL after all scabbing has naturally and completely fallen off. It is our goal to keep the area as dry as possible until all scabs have naturally fallen off.

8. LIPS Only-please drink all liquids with a straw until all scabbing has naturally fallen off.  Brush with regular toothpaste (no whitening, no peroxide toothpastes).  Cut food into small bites….no biting into a sandwich. Try to keep mouth expressions to a minimum.

Just a few more bits….

  • You need to wait at least 6 weeks until the next session. No exceptions.
  • Lightening and/or removing unwanted pigment is a long process and patience is required. This is true whether you are choosing a lightening product service or laser.  Please be patient and give the process a fair chance to work.  Expect visible and wanted results in 2 to 5 sessions. 
  • How many sessions needed will depend on how saturated the pigment is, how deep it was implanted and how much needs to be removed for the desired result.
  • Results cannot be foreseen, predicted or guaranteed. 
  • Area of lightening may be sore and/ or red for a few days after the treatment. 

For any further appointments, please apply EMLA cream to the area about 45 min before arriving.

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