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How to care for your skin after tattoo removal

Updated: Feb 17, 2019

If you are considering having a tattoo removed in Ann Arbor Michigan, you should be aware of the skin conditions that may occur after undergoing this procedure. You can minimize healing time and any possible scarring by taking the right precautions and listening to your tattoo removal specialist.

Possible Skin Complications

After a superficial burn has been made on the skin with a laser to disperse the ink pigment of the tattoo, you may notice skin whitening in the treated area for several minutes. You may then start to see blistering, crusting and scabbing develop within eight to 72 hours after undergoing laser tattoo removal. Blisters may be present for up to two weeks and sometimes leave pink spots after the scabs have fallen off the skin. A temporary loss of pigmentation may also be noticeable on the skin. The area that is treated by lasers will generally heal on its own within four weeks.

Caring for Blisters

You will receive detailed instructions from your Ann Arbor tattoo removal specialist on how to care for any blisters following your procedure. These instructions should be followed closely while keeping the following care tips in mind:

  • A mild soap should be used to clean the affected area. The area should then be patted dry gently to avoid rupturing the blisters.

  • Inflammation and discomfort can be reduced by applying a cool compress as often as necessary within the first 24 hours.

  • Apply antibiotic ointment to the blisters for at least 24 hours after treatment. You may need to keep applying ointment up to three times a day for three days. Ointment should still be applied if the blisters have popped within this period of time. It is also important to cover the treated area in gauze to speed up healing.

  • Tylenol can be taken to alleviate pain. Aspirin can cause increased bruising and bleeding and should not be taken.

  • Avoid the temptation to pick, pop or manipulate any blisters. Doing say may lead to infection.

  • Do not wear clothing made of cotton while exercising. This material soaks up sweat and moisture and might make blisters worse by causing additional friction and skin chaffing.

  • For at least three months after treatment, use a sunblock that has at least a 25 SPF to keep the skin better protected.

At Ann Arbor Laser Tattoo Removal Specialists, we do everything possible to reduce the chances of complications so that you can heal faster. Taking care of your skin at home the right way after treatment can further help you avoid certain skin problems.

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