Tattoo Removal Pre-Care Instructions
- No sun tanning or self-tanners four weeks prior to treatment.
- Includes spray tans, tanning lotions, tanning beds, sun exposure, etc.
- Avoid treatments that may irritate the skin for one to two weeks prior to treatment (waxing, depilatories, etc.).
- Notify the clinic with any changes to your health history or medications since your last appointment.
- History of herpes or cold sores may require an anti-viral prescription prior to treatment if treating in the area that breakouts occur.
Tattoo Removal Post-Care Instructions
- Keep the area soft and covered with Aquaphor for three to seven days.
- Do not shower the first 24 hours after treatment.
- Avoid sun exposure for two to four weeks following treatment and use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen every day.
- Avoid skin irritants (products containing Tretinoin, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic/salicylic acids, astringents, etc.) until the skin is fully healed and all crusting has resolved.
Patient Wound Care Instructions
- The dressing should be changed once a day or after a shower after the first three days of treatment.
- Prior to removing the dressing, wash hands with soap and water, then carefully remove the dressing, gently cleanse the wound with soap and water, and pat dry with a clean towel.
- Apply Aquaphor or simple petroleum and cover with a large Band-Aid or non-stick gauze dressing. Make sure the bandage is not too tight.
- Some patients may require the help of another person to reach the treatment area on the back.
- Try not to bump or stretch treated tattoo.
- Scabbing over the treatment area is expected and may last seven to 14 days.
- Do not pick scabs and avoid scrubbing the treated area when bathing.
- Do not unroof blisters if they occur. Advise patient to contact a physician if blisters are uncomfortable.
- Only non-aspirin, over-the-counter pain drugs such as acetaminophen should be taken for discomfort after the laser treatment.
- Contact office if any of the following occur:
- Bleeding that soaks the dressing or bleeding that happens after the first 24 hours
- Increased redness or swelling
- Uncomfortable blisters
- Yellowish or greenish drainage coming out of the wound
- Persistent pain that lasts more than 24 hours