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Before and After Treatment

Painless Laser Tattoo Removal Doctor St. Louis

There are several things to consider when deciding whether or not to get laser tattoo removal. Clean Slate Tattoo Removal suggests the following:

  • Do not remove tattoos while pregnant. There is some risk of infection and this is considered to be an unnecessary risk for pregnant women.
  • There should be no active tanning for a least one month prior to your treatments.
  • There should also be no active tanning for a least one month after your treatments.
  • You should avoid as much sun as possible along with sunless tanning products during and immediately after your tattoo removal treatments.
  • People taking Acutane or similar acne medications should be off those medications for a least six month prior to receiving laser tattoo removal.

The following are a set of what you can expect to see after receiving laser tattoo removal:

  • Some patients may experience some bruising or swelling at the tattoo site. There is a chance also of a superficial burn and scabbing associated with laser tattoo removal.
  • Blisters and scabs will normally develop 8-72 hours after the procedure and last anywhere from one to two weeks depending on the size of the tattoo and its location.
  • Some loss of skin pigment at the treated area is common but is rarely permanent.
  • The site should be fully healed with about 4 weeks after the procedure.

Immediately after your treatment, these steps should be taken to properly care for your skin.

  1. Clean the treated area using soap and water. Pat the area dry. It is okay to apply antibiotic ointments to the area up to 3 times per day for three days. During this period, the treated site should be kept cover with a clean dressing.
  2. Treat any blistering with antibiotic ointment for 24 hours after the blister has popped. Do not be alarmed by moderate blistering. This is a normal process of the body’s immune system.
  3. If there is any pain, you can take Tylenol but avoid aspirin or aspirin related products. It is okay to apply a cool compress to the treated site to reduce any pain for 24 hours after the procedure.
  4. Do not pick at the scab. The scab will fall off when it is completely healed. Also avoid high pressure water on the treated area to reduce the chance of removing the scab early.
  5. Where a minimum SPF 25 for a least three months following the procedure when exposed to sun light. Avoid wearing any make up or cosmetics on or near the treated area for at least two days after the treatment.
  6. Itching is very common due to the dehydrating effect of the laser treatment. Use Aquaphor, vitamin E ointment, or hydrocortisone cream to the treatment area.
  7. Contact our office immediately if the site becomes infected or any bleeding occurs. You can tell that an infection is present by the presence of a honey colored oozing or a spreading redness.
  8. If you have any severe reactions to the treatment, immediately contact emergency services at 911.

If you have any other questions regarding the after care of your laser tattoo removal, please contact our office.

Clean Slate Tattoo Removal looks forward to your visit and working with you to provide a safe and effective procedure to remove your unwanted tattoos are skin spots. Call us today to set up an appointment for your initial consultation.