The reasons why a person may wish to have a tattoo removed can vary: from a past they are trying to put behind them to a job requirement. Whatever the reason may be, people do decide to have the tattoo removed and hope to do so as soon as possible. However, having a tattoo removed is not the same as covering it up with makeup. This procedure that takes time and requires some recovery time as well. Here are a few recommendations which might speed up your recovery after a tattoo removal procedure.
Keep it Cool
The area treated with lasers will probably seem pale, even white, but this is perfectly normal. It is also likely that you will get blisters, but there’s no reason for concern. In case you do get blisters, try not to pop them because the liquid inside it as well as the excess skin protect the treated area. If they do get too big or bother you; use a sterile needle to puncture the skin and carefully drain the liquid, but keep the skin. Cooling the area can help with the discomfort so you can keep an ice pack over the area for 24 hours.
Don’t Wash the Area
For one whole day avoid water: this means no saunas, no showers, and no swimming. Inflammation may not be severe, but water will not be good for the treated skin. On the second and third day, you can wash the area with water and some soap, but do not wipe it with a towel. Instead, pat it gently and leave it to dry naturally for a while. Brief exposure to air is recommended, but as soon as it’s dry cover it with antibiotic ointment and put a sterile dressing over it, and make sure your hands are clean.
Apply Sunscreen and Lotion
Even after you have fully healed, you should pay special attention to that part of your skin and apply sunscreen whenever you leave your home. Moisturizing lotions with very high SPF are the best (SPF 50+) and you should apply them to fully healed skin every day. Sun exposure is not recommended so you need to make sure to rub the lotion completely into the treated skin. When buying the lotion make sure it does not contain glitter or bronzer, as well as any alcohol or oils. Your skin is very sensitive so the best choice is a fragrance-free lotion.
The Signs That You’re Healing
Even though the appearance of blisters may scare you at first; it is when they are not there that you should be suspicious. If you don’t get any blisters afterward, it means that the treatment is mild or ineffective. A good tattoo removal treatment results in slight discoloration and blisters which are all signs that it went well. Minor bruising and swelling are also expected, but these will disappear and small scabs will form. The scabs and dry skin are all signs that you are healing properly, and you should continue cleaning the area until you are completely healed.
Just like you took care of your skin right after you got a tattoo; you should take care of it once you have it removed. Aftercare is as important as the removal procedure. If you’re not careful you can get an infection or a change in skin texture. Being patient and meticulous is the key to recovery, and your skin will appreciate the effort.
Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to health and alternative medicine. In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.