Tattoo Removal PRE-TREATMENT ADVICE
· Tattoo removal and sun exposure do not mix! Avoid sun exposure, tanning beds and tanning creams for 4 weeks before treatment and refrain from using these products and exposing your tattoo to the sun throughout the course of your treatments.
· During consultation please inform Laser Operator if you are taking any of the listed medications prior to treatment to reduce any risk of photosensitivity.
· TELL YOUR LASER OPERATOR BEFORE TREATMENT IF YOUR MEDICAL CONDITIONS CHANGE OR IF YOU START TAKING ANY ADDITIONAL MEDICATIONS THROUGHOUT YOUR TREATMENT PLAN.
· If you are having treatment on an area that has body hair, you may shave the area 2-3 days prior to treatment. This is optional because this laser does not remove hair but do note that if unshaven, the hair will turn white during treatment due to the absorption of the pigment in the hair but will return to its original colour as the hair re-grows.
· DO NOT shave on the treatment day to reduce any risk of cuts or open wound or sensitivity to the skin. We have clippers in our clinic to shave the treatment area.
· If you don’t deal with any kind of sun-burn type heat sensation very well always tell your operator prior to treatment or if you experience any discomfort during treatment so the energy can be adjusted to your individual pain tolerance. As the treatment progresses, you will be able to deal with more energy as you gradually build tolerance to the discomfort.
Tattoo Removal POST-TREATMENT ADVICE
· There will be redness, sensitivity, soreness, swelling, bruising and/or small blood blisters after each treatment. This is normal but please touch the treated area as little as possible except to cool it with an ice pack.
· Apply ice packs if necessary in the first 2 hours to reduce discomfort and minimise the risk of blistering.
· No swimming for 3 days after treatment as Chlorine and salt aggravate treatment areas and increase sensitivity.
· Avoid exercise for 24 hours after treatment (especially in Summer) to avoid excess temperature in the treated area.
· Blistering is always a possibility, they are superficial and rarely results in any scarring. They should be treated like sunburn or any other sunburn blister. DO NOT burst blisters or pick at the scab as this may cause infection and/or scars to form.
· Apply a High Performance Vitamin E Cream to the treated area as often as possible.
· Sun exposure must be avoided for preferably at least 2 months after treatment as exposure to the sun may intensify lighter pigmentation.
· Keep the treated area completely covered from the sun throughout your entire treatment plan but if sun exposure is unavoidable apply previously mentioned Vitamin E as well as a minimum SPF 30+ Sun Screen.
· In the unlikely event of the skin being broken during treatment purchasing an Antiseptic Powder is recommended to help accelerate the healing process. It is also handy to have in your First Aid Kit at home.
· The skin is fragile after treatment, if applying makeup pat gently. Makeup can be applied immediately after treatment as long as the skin is not broken. If the skin is broken apply previously mentioned Antiseptic Powder.