Aftercare Guide: What Happens to Your Skin After Tattoo Removal?

Aftercare Guide: What Happens to Your Skin After Tattoo Removal?

Getting laser tattoo removal isn’t a decision taken lightly. While the actual success of the removal might be the thing that you focus most on initially, your tattoo removal specialist will explain that the recovery period is just as important. Just like getting a tattoo in the first place, how you take care of your skin in the hours and days following your laser tattoo removal is just as important for the overall outcome of your treatment.

Here's what you need to know about what happens to your skin after tattoo removal and how you can best take care of it.   


Understanding how laser tattoo removal works

To fully understand how laser tattoo removal will affect your skin, you first need to be aware of exactly how the process works. Laser tattoo removal uses light energy to heat the ink particles in your skin, raising them to a high enough temperature that they shatter and disperse. The ink doesn’t disappear immediately but instead gets a little lighter and paler after every session until the tattoo is no longer visible. Unsurprisingly, lighter colors tend to break up more easily and quickly than darker and more intense colors where more pigment has been used.


What to expect immediately after laser tattoo removal


After each session of laser tattoo removal at, your skin will be covered with a sterile gauze bandage to protect it as it starts to heal. Ideally, you should keep this on for around three days, which will keep it clean and limit the risk of infection. Keep the area dry and avoid it rubbing against any tight clothing. You may be given some aloe vera gel or another product to soothe and hydrate the skin, which will feel tight, dry, and sore.


Scabbing and itching

It’s very normal for your skin to scab and blister a little in the days after each laser tattoo removal session. Try not to itch, and don’t pick at the scabs or blisters as this will increase your risk of developing an infection. Instead, stay hydrated and moisturize the area regularly to keep the skin as soft and comfortable as possible.


The importance of SPF and limited sun exposure

Since laser tattoo removal uses light therapy, the technique can make your skin sensitive to sunlight following each session. For this reason, you will be advised to limit your exposure to the sun for around a month both before and after treatment. Treatment won’t be able to be performed on sun-exposed skin. You will also need to wear SPF of at least 30+ every time you are outdoors and the area where you are having tattoo removal is exposed.


Don’t smoke

If you usually smoke, you should try and stop while you are having laser tattoo removal. The main reason for this is that smoking limits the amount of oxygen in the blood – something which can inhibit the healing process, making it take longer and increasing your risk of complications. This means that you may need additional sessions or experience problems with the process.

If you would like to find out more about laser tattoo removal or to schedule a consultation, please contact our friendly and experienced team today at our Sacramento, California location. Call (916) 600-4428​​​​​​ to book an appointment today.


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