One of the biggest and most common concerns people have about laser tattoo removal is over whether or not it can leave a scar. While tattoo removal scars certainly can happen, they are very rare when clients follow our instructions for before and after laser tattoo removal.
Drinking water before and after each laser tattoo removal session can improve your recovery speed. That, and it’s always a good idea to stay hydrated, with or without tattoo removal.
Choose numbing agents wisely
Using an injectable numbing agent often increases the risk of scarring. Using a PFD patch or topical numbing cream reduces that risk. Dr. Ink Eraser has several different numbing options available and will work to find the one that is best for you.
Quit smoking and vaping
Neither smoking nor vaping is good for your lungs — or for your skin. For the best possible laser tattoo removal results, try to cut back on these bad habits or stop entirely.
Protect your skin
Protecting your skin is one of the most important things you can do to protect your skin from a tattoo removal scar. There are a lot of ways to do it, and doing all of these things can prevent scarring.
Apply ointment and moisturizers as instructed
If your laser tattoo removal technician gives you an ointment or recommends a particular kind of ointment, be sure to use it and follow the instructions they give you to a T. Applying ointment can increase the healing speed and reduce scarring.
A moisturizer may also be a good option, but be sure to check with your tattoo removal technician first. If they say it’s okay to use a moisturizer, choose one that’s gentle, unscented, and contains Vitamin E and Aloe in its ingredients.
Wash with a mild soap
As your skin heals from your most recent laser tattoo removal session, it’s wise to ditch the perfumed body washes and antibacterial soaps. Antibacterial soaps may sound cleansing, but they don’t kill just the bad bacteria, but good bacteria, too. Good bacteria protect your body and can actually help prevent inflammation and certain illnesses. In fact, antibacterial soaps can actually cause inflammation and irritation, both of which you want to avoid after tattoo removal sessions.
Select a mild soap that is gentle on the skin and wash with warm water. Gentler soaps may not smell like lavender or mint, but rest assured, they are still going to clean your skin.
Avoid picking at scabs and blisters
Scabs and blisters may look unsightly, but a tattoo removal scar will look worse. Unlike scars, scabs and blisters are not permanent. Scabs and blisters are part of the body’s healing process and they will occur throughout the laser tattoo removal process. Picking at blisters and scabs will lengthen the healing process, and in some cases, may cause scarring.
If you know you have a tendency to pick at scabs, cover up your tattoo with bandages as it’s healing — which you should be doing anyways.
Change your bandages after every wash
And speaking of bandages, you should be changing them after every single wash to keep the tattooed area clean and sanitary.
Pat, don’t rub
After taking a bath or showering, you will have to dry yourself off. Normally, you probably rub yourself down with a bath towel, but now that you’ve started the laser tattoo removal process, you need to stop before you start rubbing down where your tattoo is. Instead, pat down the area using a paper towel. Rubbing can result in scabs peeling off too early, and that means you’ll be going through a longer healing process. Excessive rubbing and scabs coming off too often can result in scarring.
Tanning might be all the rage these days, but the tanning bed and the sun’s UVA and UVB rays can damage your skin. The risk for a tattoo removal scar increases when the skin is exposed to these rays, so sunscreen is a must following each laser tattoo removal session. Even if you don’t usually wear sunscreen, you should start wearing it during the removal process. For best protection, use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
Listen to your laser tattoo removal technician
Dr. Ink Eraser’s laser tattoo removal technicians have years of experience and know how to best prevent tattoo removal scars. If you have any questions or concerns about laser tattoo removal, contact Dr. Ink Eraser today. We’ll be happy to walk you through the process and give you an estimate and idea of what to expect when working with our technicians.