Laser Tattoo Removal Aftercare Instructions

Most clients describe recovery from laser tattoo removal as a cross between a bad sunburn and the healing after a new tattoo.

First 24 hours: 

  • A cold compress/ice packs and elevating the treated area are strongly recommended to help reduce discomfort and inflammation.
  • Avoid Physical activity, showers or baths, hot tubs, pools and saunas. Relax and let your body recover!
  • Do not touch the area unless necessary. Wash hands very well.
  • Apply an antibiotic ointment and re-bandage area after 12-24 hours.
  • Blisters can sometimes occur 6-12 hours after treatment. This is normal. Do NOT touch, pop or pick blisters.
  • Strange-colored fluid coming from in the blister(s) can also be normal, as this is usually ink from the tattoo.
  • You may ONLY USE TYLENOL (acetaminophen) to ease discomfort. Do not use Aspirin, Ibuprofen (Advil) or Naproxen (Aleve) because they may thin the blood and increase the risk of bruising and/or bleeding.

Next 3-4 days:

  • Apply Neosporin, Polysporin or antibiotic Ointment with a bandage.  Any of these ointments will work. Change the dressing daily. Keep the area very clean and dry.
  • Wash hands before touching skin.
  • You may shower with cool/lukewarm water and use a gentle soap. AVOID HIGH-PRESSURE WATER HITTING THE TREATED AREA.
  • Some scabbing, blistering, light, pin-point bleeding and itching may occur. There will be redness and swelling at the treatment site. This usually lasts a few hours. The redness may last up to 2 weeks.
  • Do not pop blisters. If you do blister, continue to apply one of the recommended ointments until the blister has popped naturally.
  • Itchiness is common as the skin heals. Avoid scratching. A cold compress on the area will help. You may also take a daytime antihistamine (such as Reactine, Allegra, Aerius, Claritin) if the itching or swelling is severe.
  • Avoid Physical activity, showers or baths, hot tubs, pools and saunas. Do not allow sweat, bacteria, dirt or dust to touch the area.
  • Drink PLENTY of water to help the immune system flush away the ink particles (Min 1L per day).

Next 1-2 weeks:

  • Avoid sun exposure, hot tubs, pools and ocean until tattoo area is fully healed. Wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 over the area for 3 months following the treatment. Not wearing sunscreen will cause skin color changes that may be permanent.
  • Avoid baths, hot tubs, pools and saunas (do not soak the area in water)
  • Leave tattoo uncovered but moisturize daily with Skin repair cream from Revive or coconut oil.
  • Do not pick at the scab or allow the skin to become scraped, as this may result in infection and scarring. Shaving should be avoided in the treated area until it is completely healed
  • You may notice that blistering may occur in some treatments and not others. If blistering does not occur, it does not mean that your most recent treatment was less aggressive, or that your treatment is not working.
  • Shaving should be avoided in the treated area until it is completely healed (6-10 days).
  • Apply a minimum SPF 50 sunscreen every day to the treated area after the tattoo has completely healed (6-10 days), even if clothing covers the treated area. UV rays can penetrate through your clothing.
  • No active tanning, self-tanner, bronzers or spray tan 4-6 weeks before and after treatment.
  • Drink PLENTY of water to help the immune system flush away the ink particles (Min 1L per day)
  • The healthier our body is, the faster it will clear away the ink. Avoid smoking, sugar and junk food. Eat plenty of vegetables and fruit and take vitamin C.