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Tattoo Removal Pre and Post Care Instructions

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
    • Fever
We are grateful to be back in the office serving our patients. We continue offering the highest standards of cleanliness, safety and sanitation including: Prescreening phone calls prior to appointments, temperature checks and screening upon arrival, and seeing patients on a limited basis only to minimize occupancy.

The safety of our patients and staff continues to be a top priority. Please call us at 504-895-3376 to schedule an appointment today.