Taking Care After Tattoo Removal

Once the decision has been made to have a tattoo removed it may be considered that the last session at the clinic is the end of the procedure.  This is not however the case as once the tattoo is removed there will be the need to keep a close eye on the area.  There are a number of things that can go wrong but in most cases as long as you are sensible with the way you protect the area it should not be too much of a problem.

If the tattoo is removed by a laser there can be the risk of infection.  If the laser buns the skin – this does not happen often but has been known to occur – there will be the need to check the blisters regularly.  Burn cream may be enough but if there is any sign of infection you will need to go back to the doctor to have it treated.  It may just need a course of antibiotics to clear it up but there could also be a scar left.

However the tattoo is taken away the area should be kept out of the sun wherever possible.  If there is the need to be in the sun make sure that plenty of sun cream is put on.  Factor 15 or above should always be used.

Taking Care after Tattoo Removal by Laser

Bandages will need to be removed and replaced regularly.  The areas should be kept dry and before each bandage is replaced a thick layer of antiseptic cream should be smeared over where the tattoo once was.  Cold packs can be placed on the area as for the first few days there will be an element of swelling.  If there is any pain it will be alright to take general painkillers for the first couple of days.  As the skin has been heated the pain should be a bit like the pain of sunburn so if it lasts for more than a few days it will be best to go back to the doctor just to make sure there is nothing wrong.

Care after Other Tattoo Removal Methods

Infection is always going to be the big concern with the other methods of removal.  As most consist of the skin and therefore the tattoo being removed by the process of rubbing them away there could be an open wound.  Antiseptic creams will clearly help combat this but any open wound can be dangerous.

Once the tattoo has gone it may be easy to think that there will not be any further problems.  The skin will be different and in many cases the pigment may have been removed along with the tattoo.  Unlike when the tattoo was put on and the recovery time was quite quick, after tattoo removal it will be best to look at skin care as a long term project.  While the visits are taking place the doctor will notice and take care of any problems but once the visits stop it will be down to you to make sure the wounds heal properly.

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