What to Expect After Laser Tattoo Removal

Laser tattoo removal has become a very popular procedure as it’s highly effective at removing unwanted body art. Before you opt for this procedure, however, you’ll want to know what you can expect after treatment.

Below are a few things to keep in mind about laser tattoo removal and its proper post-treatment care.

Side Effects

Your likelihood of experiencing any side effects will greatly depend on the number of laser tattoo removal treatments you’ll need to have done. The more treatments you have, the greater your chances of swelling, sores, pain and scarring. Other side effects may include skin discoloration and infections. These side effects typically subside within two weeks or less.

Proper Post-Treatment Care

You should treat the area that underwent laser tattoo removal with an antibacterial ointment. It should also remain bandaged for a period of time that will be determined by your practitioner. You may experience a slight burning sensation and/or observe varying degrees of redness for two to three weeks post-procedure. The area may also bleed slightly, though this is normal. Contact your practitioner if these symptoms are severe or do not subside.

If symptoms are present, do your best to leave the treated area alone. Do not scratch or scrub the area, and always refrain from picking at any scabs that form over the removal site. Elevating the treated area can prevent swelling right after the procedure. You should also avoid the sun for a few weeks. Finally, the area must be kept as clean as possible to avoid infections.

Most patients can avoid any adverse side effects if they follow their proper post-treatment care instructions. Come see us today to discuss the pros and cons of this innovative procedure.





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