More and more people are taking advantage of laser tattoo removal to help them wipe away unwanted tattoos that they may have outgrown or are simply unhappy with their outcome.* Most tattoos will require multiple treatment sessions, and it’s important to take great care of your skin in between each session.To help you along, here are three must-know skincare tips after laser tattoo removal.
1. Stay out of the Sun
Just like with laser hair removal and other similar treatments, you’ll need to stay out of the sun for several weeks after laser tattoo removal.* The sun’s UV rays can not only tan your skin and thus make your next tattoo removal session more difficult, but it can also lead to complications with your skin’s healing process.
If you’re getting your laser treatment in the summer, avoiding the sun can sometimes be a challenge, so this is something to think about for your tattoo removal timeline.
2. Don’t Shave
If your tattoo is on an area of your body that you would normally shave, you’ll want to hold off on shaving until your skin has completely healed. Any cuts or scrapes before then could result in infection or scarring.
Resist the urge to pick at scabs that may form on your skin after tattoo removal to minimize the risk of infection.
3. Keep It clean
Your laser technician will likely provide you with detailed aftercare guidelines for how to clean your skin and change the dressing. These instructions might also ask you to apply a specific ointment to the area for the first few days, avoid taking very hot showers and to swap out aspirin and ibuprofen for Tylenol instead.*
*This information is for education only, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.