LASER TATTOO REMOVAL
What to Expect:
A superficial whitening of the skin occurs at the time of treatment. This then fades to a red or purple color, which will clear over a period of 7-10 days. Occasionally, there is a minor superficial burn to the skin, accompanied by some weeping and crusting. A blister containing fluid is possible to appear. This dries and forms a crust that usually heals without a problem as long as it is left alone. Swelling may be seen, especially when the face, hands, or feet are treated. This often peaks 36-48 hours after treatment and subsides over 3-7 days with regular ice application. It generally takes a few weeks for fading of the tattoo to occur, and multiple treatments will be necessary. Treatments are usually scheduled at 4-8 week intervals, but this interval can be longer or shorter, depending upon individual responses.
Precautions to Take Following Treatment:
1. Avoid direct exposure to the sun until completely healed. After the crusting has cleared, a sunscreen of SPF 15 or greater should be applied to the treated area prior to sun exposure for three months to minimize pigment changes, while continuing to limit sun exposure.
2. Do not rub, scratch, or pick at the treated area. The skin overlying the treated lesion is very fragile while bruising is present. A protective non-stick dressing should be used to cover the treated area until it is completely healed. Take care not to injure the treated area while sleeping.
3. Do not apply makeup until all crusting disappears.
4. Avoid swimming and contact sports while bruising is present.
5. If the treated area shows signs of infection (excessive tenderness, redness, swelling, or pus), please call the office immediately.
Care of the Treated Area:
1. Apply Polysporin or Bacitracin ointment to the treated area twice a day for 7-10 days, or until the surface is completely healed. These are available without a prescription. Keep the treated area covered with a protective non-stick dressing during healing. Telfa pads work well.
2. Gently cleanse with mild soap and water daily. While any crusting or bruising is present, do not rub with a towel or washcloth as the treated area is extremely delicate. Gently pat the area dry.
3. Any discomfort you have after the procedure can be relieved with Tylenol.
4. If swelling occurs, an ice pack wrapped in a soft cloth can be applied. If the face has been treated, sleep with your head elevated on a few pillows for the first couple of nights.
5. Itching sometimes occurs during healing. A solution of one teaspoon of white vinegar to one cup of water can be kept in the refrigerator and used for cold compresses to alleviate any itching or burning. This can be applied several times a day. Benadryl can also help with itching.
6. The tattoo will look foggy and begin its fading process over several weeks. Fading is typically 30% to 50% with each treatment. The total fading process generally takes up to eight weeks. Green inks fade slower and can take up to 16 weeks for maximum fading. In some instances, significant clearing may continue for up to six months.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your laser treatment,
please contact our office at (985) 522-4211.