Laser Aftercare

Caring for your tattoo post-laser is essential. Here are our recommended steps to take post-treatment to ease your healing process and ensure you get the best results.

Posted on: 
May 2, 2023
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Day of Treatment (Day 1)

Apply an antiseptic cream/Laser aid/Natural Aloe Vera gel to area, wrap in cling film and cover in a compression bandage to minimise blistering of the treated area.

Cool Pack: A cool pack to help with swelling can be applied on and off to the lasered area. Alternate the compress on and off every 1 to 3 minutes as needed. Do not leave cool pack on the treated area for more than 5 minutes.

Rest: Limit physical activity on this day. Avoid exercising and any activity that results in perspiring. Avoid hot steamy showers and harsh soaps/cleansers.

Elevate: The treated area should be elevated above the heart when possible. This is especially important for tattoos on the lower leg, ankle and feet.

Please note your treatment site may exhibit different tissue reactions after each treatment. The following signs and symptoms are normal after laser treatment:

• The treatment site appears unchanged or appears brighter.

• The area will appear white, pink, or red.

• The treatment site has pinpoint bleeding, blistering or red, yellow, or clear discharge and swelling.

Day After Treatment (Day 2)

Cool Pack: Continue to apply cool pack as noted above only as needed for discomfort.

Apply an antiseptic cream 2-3 times a day for the first 3 days after treatment to promote healing and reduce itching and irritation.

Blistering: Blistering is normal. Do not pop or pick blisters. Blisters may take 1–2 weeks to resolve

If the blister is painful, contact physician, as it may need to be drained.

The area can also be kept compressed to minimise blistering.

Rest and Elevation: Continue to rest and elevate (especially important for tattoos on the ankle or foot). Limit physical activities such as working out, sports, etc

Day 3 Until Healed

Keep treatment site well moisturized with A sensitive skin moisturiser (Sorbolene cream with a vitamin E) to promote wound healing or other topical may be used per physician’s preference.

Avoid swimming pools, ocean, hot tub and other tub soaking pedicures for 5–7 days, or until fully healed to ensure the site does not get infected.

Do not pick or remove scabs or crusts that develop during the healing process. This is a leading cause of infection and can lead to scarring. Healing can take anywhere from to 5 to 25 days (or more).

Infections are rare, however if aftercare is not followed they can occur. The signs to look for are foul odour, fever, red streaks from area, yellow-green drainage, and pain.

Before Your Next Treatment:

Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen (UVA/UVB) SPF30 or higher to tattoo when in direct sun light along with sun protective clothing. Avoid spray tanning products for 2 weeks prior to your next treatment. If necessary, shave the treatment area prior to your next treatment.

Scheduling your Next Appointment: Schedule your follow up appointment in 6–12 weeks. It takes the body up to four weeks to break down the ink so results will not be immediate and every treatment will react differently.

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