Published February 2, 2018
It is important while you’re having laser removal treatment to look after your skin as much as possible during the sessions and even once the process is complete. This is because maintaining a care routine and practising good hygiene can aid in the healing of the skin, and prevent any long term side effects such as scarring.
Because of the non-invasive nature of laser tattoo removal, it’s unlikely that you will experience any side effects from each individual session. The process works through high end, medical grade lasers that focus a short pulse of light at the tattoo, which will break up the ink particles, making them small enough to be absorbed into the bloodstream and eventually flushed out of your system over time. The laser does not burn the skin, or go outside of the tattoo, so you will only experience minor discomfort during the session – some people have described it like having a rubber band flicked onto your skin briefly. Most professional laser tattoo removal clinics in Sydney will be able to offer you pain relief, either in the form of topical creams and cooling machines.
When your session is over, you might find that your skin has gone slightly white where your tattoo is, and this is a normal effect called frosting, where the carbon dioxide comes to the surface of the skin in a reaction to the laser. This will dissipate quickly after 20 or 30 minutes. Afterwards, it’s not unusual to find that the tattoo area is left and may be slightly swollen, but this will subside quickly. The clinic will likely provide you with a dressing to protect the area from dirt and , which you should wear for as long as possible – obviously it’s hard to keep a dressing clean and intact on some parts of the body, but it’s a good idea to keep it on for at least a few hours.
While you’re having the treatments done it’s import to:
- Keep the area of your tattoo dry and clean at all times. This can be difficult, depending on the area the tattoo is located in, but taking some sensible precautions can help to speed up the healing process and to protect your skin from becoming infected. Use a gentle soap when washing, and moisturise when applicable.
- Stay out of the sun as much as possible. This is because sunlight can cause changes in the melatonin in your skin, resulting in changes to your tattoo and effecting the healing process. Always apply a high strength sunscreen while you’re out and about during laser removal treatments and for a few months after your sessions have finished.
- Salt water, very hot water and chemicals such as chlorine can irritate skin that’s trying to heal, so it’s best to avoid excessive use of the beach, pools, saunas and spas while you’re having tattoo removal sessions. Most industry professionals would also recommended against shaving or waxing the affected area.
- Try to wear loose fitting clothing in and around the area that is affected, as this will help the skin to breathe and heal over time.
- While it is rare for blisters to form after treatments, you may experience small ones as your skin recovers from each sessions. This is your skin’s way of protecting the area, and you should never pick or try and pop these, as this can lead to infections and even scarring in extreme cases. Blisters like these should disappear within a few days.
Your laser removal clinic will give you a comprehensive set of instructions for the care of your tattoo during the individual treatment sessions, and once your treatment is complete. Because everyone’s skin is different and will react in a slightly different way, it’s best to talk to the professionals so that they can address any specific issues you may have, and they can tailor the treatment to your needs.