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Tattoo Removal Pre- and Post-Care Instructions

You no longer have to live with that bad decision you made years ago! Power through stubborn discoloration and unwanted tattoos with Cutera’s Enlighten, the world’s first and only, dual wavelength (1064 nm + 532 nm) and dual pulse duration (750 ps + 2 ns) laser system offering class-leading treatment results. Treatments vary depending on the density and number of colors in the tattoo.


  • No suntanning or self-tanners four weeks prior to treatment. (This 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.


  • 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.

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