Tattoo removal is a big job and leaves behind a big impact on the treated skin. The use of strong lasers on your skin can lead to bruising, swelling, blistering and other symptoms associated with superficial burn wounds. Knowing how to care for your skin after completing your removal is crucial to avoiding scarring and getting the best possible results in return for your hard-earned cash. While your technician at Newport Tattoo Removal will go over an aftercare plan with you, it’s good to keep a few things in mind in terms of nourishing your skin in the aftermath of the procedure.
Protect Your Skin
The first 3 days after your removal are particularly critical for the healing process. It’s during this time that your skin begins re-generating the skin cells its lost in order to heal up any superficial wounds sustained during the process. Therefore, you’ll want to take some precautions during this period of time.
- Keep the area bandaged with sterile gauze
- Use antibacterial or healing ointment in a thin layer beneath your gauze
- Keep the area clean and dry
After this period of time, you’ll still want to ensure the affected area is kept clean and dry. When you need to wash, do so using warm water and mild soap.
Treat the Symptoms
In the aftermath of the process, blistering and burning sensations are highly common, especially with larger or more intense removals. Don’t be alarmed by these developments. Typically, you can relieve the pain by using healing ointments meant for burns and, if necessary, applying cold compresses to the affected areas. This provides a measure of relief without hindering the healing process.
Avoid the Sun
You don’t have to avoid outdoor spaces entirely, but if you know you’re going to be out in the sun for any period of time after your removal, wear sunscreen. An SPF 25 or higher is recommended, and it should ideally be worn whenever you’re in the sun for 3 months following your removal.
Know When to Seek Help
Itching will happen during the healing process and though you might feel worried, itchiness in and of itself is not a sign of infection. However, if itchiness if paired with oozing sores, crustiness or an amount of pain you consider to be unusual, contact a professional right away. Skin infections can be serious and should never be ignored for any period of time.
Aftercare is critical to getting the best possible results after your tattoo removal. Work with your professional and follow these steps to reduce the likelihood of scarring and promote the restoration of smooth, unmarked skin. Give us a call at (949) 631-9009 when you have any questions.