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Laser tattoo removal is a safe procedure that usually finishes healing within 4 weeks. There are some things to keep in mind during this healing period to help your body along the way.

What You Can Expect To See

Laser Tattoo RemovalBlisters occur when liquid builds up underneath the skin. This is part of the healing process. It’s also normal to see blisters weeping, or releasing liquid. Do not pop blisters or try to remove them. Later on as the area dries, you will see the formation of scabs or crusty skin. Your skin is healing below the scab, and using it as protection. Do not remove the scab. They will fall off on their own when your body has healed itself.

What Happens Immediately After The Procedure?

Wait 2 hours before showering or cleansing the area. Do not apply the shower head directly onto the area, as it is currently very weak. You may also cool the area for up to 24 hours after the procedure, using a clean cold compress on top of the bandaged area. For pain, consider taking Tylenol. Avoid taking aspirin as it can affect bruising or bleeding in the area.

Topical Treatments Used In Aftercare

For the first 3 days, the area should be covered with a clean bandage. During this time, you are advised to apply an antibiotic such as Neosporin to the skin. You may also wash the area lightly with soap and area. Do not apply the bandage when the area is wet. After the first 3 days, you must remove the bandage to let the area dry.

While the skin is healing, it may feel itchy. Do not scratch the area, as that will increase risk of infection. Apply vitamin E ointment, hydrocortisone, or Aquaphor to reduce itching. In addition, you will have to apply sunscreen to prevent scarring on the area for at least 3 months afterwards.

Warning Signs To Look For

There are 2 main things to look for while the skin is healing. First, any bruising or tingling requires immediate medical attention. Contact the clinic that performed the removal or consult a health care professional. Second, examine the area regularly for signs of infection. Infection will not only interfere with healing, it’s bad for your health. An infected area will have yellowish crusting, redness spreading away from the tattoo, or oozing.

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