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Most people have tattoos that they are ashamed of and regret ever having. In fact, many jump at the chance to have them removed, painful as these special procedures are. Thankfully, modern technology has once again come to our rescue by providing a way for us to get rid of these cringe-worthy mistakes from off of human skin. A basic removal of a tattoo by laser technology entails breaking down the tattoo’s pigment of color using machines emitting intensively high light beams. For you to not experience unwanted side-effects such as skin infections and skin texture alterations, it's important that you follow all instructions regarding your fresh wound after the removal issued by the dermatologist. Do the following to speed up your recovery and lessen the pain that comes along with it.
1. Keep the Area Clean and Dry
It's normal to experience a variety of side effects after laser tattoo removal. The most common side effects include redness, tenderness, swelling, blistering, scabbing, bruising, and hyper- or hypo-pigmentation of the treatment site. To help the area heal, it's crucial to gently clean the affected skin with mild soap and water. Pat, not rub, the healing area to dry it after a shower, bath or cleansing.
2. Deal with Blisters Wisely
If a tattoo is fairly new, dense with ink, or if the skin is highly sensitive, an individual may experience blistering after the treatment. Blistering may appear as one or more bubbles on the top layer of skin. Blistering will typically last three to five days and should not be disturbed during this healing period. If a blister becomes painful, carefully puncture it with a sterilized needle. Allow the blister to drain and promptly apply an adequate amount of antibiotic ointment and protect it with gauze.
3. Sooth pain using a Cool Compress
To reduce the mild after-treatment discomfort experienced in a number of tattoo removal patients, apply cool compresses to the affected area as needed in the days following the procedure. Cool compresses can also reduce common inflammation and swelling of the skin. Over-the-counter pain relief medications can also be administered. Avoid taking aspirin as it can increase your risk of bleeding and bruising.
4. Wear Loose, Soft Clothing
Common side-effects of laser tattoo removal include tenderness and redness of the removal site. These side effects can occur for up to 72 hours after the procedure. This redness simply indicates that the top layer of skin is very sensitive and should be handled with caution. To avoid friction of the skin, wear loose, soft clothing that will not irritate the skin. Breathable cotton is ideal.
5. Do Not Pick at the Affected Area
If the area becomes irritated or itchy, you may be tempted to touch or pick at the skin as it heals. As your hands may contain harmful bacteria, it's crucial not to touch the healing skin unless necessary for cleaning purposes. If the area has crusted over, do not pick at the scabs, as this can cause permanent scarring. Do not shave the removal site until your skin around the area is 100% healed.
Recovery after laser tattoo removal is fairly quick and the risk of infection is relatively low. By following the tips above, you can minimize your risk of infection and other health problems even more. By following proper skin care instructions, such as these, you can safely have your tattoo removed without further issues.