Working out–Do you need another reason to hit the gym? Well, here it is! Did you know that the stronger your circulation is, the faster the ink will clear out of your system? So, take that extra walk, lift those weights and when you want to quit, think of the extra benefits it is having to your removal process!
Smoking –Smoking can drastically slow down the process. Smoking slows down your blood circulation. We know that circulation is so important for health reason, and it is also important during this process, since it is your bloodstream doing a lot of the work. If you need a reason to quit or even cut back, there you go!
Sun exposure–Making sure to protect the area being treated is so important. One of the most important parts, if you ask us. Post treatment, the area being treated is very sensitive to the sun. If you don’t keep it protected, you may experience hypo or hyper pigmentation to the surrounding tissue. It can also slow down the healing process. If you don’t keep the area covered or use sunscreen, you could be left with the area being darker or lighter. We recommend full coverage the first two weeks after a treatment (covered or a SPF of 30 or higher). After that have caution when in the sun. If possible, sunscreen is recommended at all times during the removal process.
Waiting–This is a long and slow process. It takes multiple treatments and waiting the recommended time in between is key to success. Patients can get frustrated when they hear that they need to wait a MINIMUM of 6-8 weeks in between each treatment. It is even recommended to wait up to 12 weeks if the patient is experiencing texture issues or pigmentation issues. We would love to see you every 4 weeks, but we want what is best for you. And that means waiting!
Ice–Most people think that we give them ice for the pain. This is true, but it also helps to reduce swelling and help prevent blistering. We recommend 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off, until the area no longer feels warm.
Cleanliness–Keeping the treated area clean is important, obviously. You should wash the area with warm water and soap (nothing with color or scents- think Bath and Body Works) and pat, not rub, dry. You want to be very gentle with the area and make sure no to scrub that tattoo or be rough with the towel. A triple antibiotic cream is recommended to use 2x a day for at least 3 days post treatments. After that, Aquaphor is recommended to use to keep moist.
Heat–We recommend staying away from hot tubs, saunas, and hot showers for the first few days after your treatment. The area will be sensitive, and steam and heat will aggravate it. You also want to stay away from high pressure water while showering.
Blistering–Do not panic if you experience blistering! It is common. It is vital that you do not pick or pop the blisters. You will scar if you mess with the blisters. They will drain on their own. Leave the skin in tact and make sure to keep it cleaned, covered, and use the ointment. As long as you take proper care of the area, there should be no issues!
Itchiness–Usually around 2-4 weeks post treatment, the area can get very itchy. This is normal and often super annoying. Do not pick or scratch at the area. Instead pat the area to relieve the sensation. Use the Aquaphor or even a anti-itch cream to relieve the itchiness!