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Laser Tattoo Removal Aftercare

Before your Session:

  • No sun exposure, tanning beds and sunless tanning cream for 4 weeks prior to treatment. Sun exposure decreases the effectiveness of the laser treatment and can increase the chance of post treatment complications.

  • Use a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply to the treated area every 2 hours when exposed to the sun and it is recommended to make this a part of your skin care routine.

  • Remove all makeup, creams or oils prior to treatment.

  • Be sure to inform your care provider if you have ever had cosmetic tattoos in the treatment area


Days 0-3 After 


  • We provide you with a waterproof wrap like Second Skin, HypoFix or Saniderm, please keep the bandage on and sealed. ​

  • If the bandage does not remain sealed - please remove and wash with Tattoo Lovers Care Foam Soap (or a mild unscented soap) and let air dry​

  • Redness and blistering is normal- do not be alarmed.

Days 3-10 After


Wash with Tattoo Lovers Care Foam Soap (or a mild unscented soap) once a day and then apply a thin layer of Tattoo Lovers Care Salve (or another unscented tattoo moisturizer)

  • Do not pick scabs or blisters

  • Avoid high pressure water on wounds, and do not submerge in bodies of water​​

  • Take Tylenol for pain management (not ibuprofen to prevent bruising)

  • You can use a cold compress for 10 minutes to reduce inflammation 

Days 10+ 

  • Apply Tattoo Lovers Care Cream (or another mild unscented moisturizer) once a day as needed to prevent dryness and speed up complete healing ​

  • Apply Tattoo Lovers Care SPF Sunscreen (or another 30 SPF + sunscreen) for at least 30 days when exposing the wound to sun​

  • Healing is usually complete in about 4 to 8 weeks, depending on the patient’s aftercare, immune system, and level of treatment.​

  • Scarring, which can be hypertrophic or even keloid, can occur but is very rare. Loss of skin pigment (or excess gain of skin pigment) in the treated area may occur, but is temporary in almost all cases.​

  • If you develop a fever, the wound is hot and very red, there is a yellow gold crust or you begin to develop symptoms like a flu (cold sweats, chills, nausea) - contact a doctor immediately

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