Getting inked is definitely an art- but sometimes people would rather let go of this art that remind themselves of their past and embrace new beginnings. For such people, laser tattoo removal is often the best way to go. If you’re looking to speed up your recovery as much as possible and ensure there are no hitches along the way, you’ll want to invest in a strong after-care routine. To help you out, here are our top tips on how to take care of your skin after laser tattoo removal:
Use A Cold Compress
Like when getting a tattoo in the first place, all you’re likely to experience is some redness and swelling. And if you feel like you’re extra sensitive, this is not a problem, The SCCC can help with a numbing cream. But these side effects are temporary- if you want to lessen them, make use of a cold compress for those first 24 hours after the session. You can make a cold compress at home simply by dipping a cloth into cold water or making use of an ice pack. The last thing you should do is pick/itch at the surface of the treated area.
To make sure you don’t irritate the treated area, you’re going to have to stay away from hot water baths, swimming, the sauna and high-pressure showers for 2 weeks. You’re also going to have to clean the wound diligently so that you don’t stand any chance of getting infected. Your laser technician will recommend an antibiotic cream for you to gently apply. Cover it with a bandage for 3 days and make sure to avoid any sweaty activities. Wear loose clothing so that it doesn’t rub against the tender area and cause discomfort.
After your last session, you’ll want to meticulously apply sunscreen for at least 3 months. The last thing you want is to have the sun’s rays slowing down your healing process. By getting a tan, this could even lead to scarring! So, make sure you keep yourself well covered and lathered in sunscreen after your appointments as well as during the healing process.
In the weeks leading up to your treatment, make sure to boost your immune system as much as possible. This is what will help your body stay on top of the entire recovery process. Make sure to stick to a diet rich in nutrients and stay hydrated. This will help you get rid of any toxins.
It would definitely help if you completely stop this habit during the recovery process because for this treatment to work, there needs to be a steady flow of blood to remove the pigment. Smoking tends to constrict blood vessels and this drastically reduces blood flow, limiting the efficiency of your treatment. If you can’t stop the habit, make it a point to cut down during this period.
These are the best ways you can take care of your skin after those sessions. After-care is fairly simple so you should be able to follow these steps just fine!