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Preparing For Your Tattoo Removal Process

Updated: Feb 17, 2019

Today, laser tattoo removal is a process that is both safe and efficient. Laser treatments are considered to be safer than many other tattoo removal methods because laser treatments selectively treat the pigment of the ink. Though this type of tattoo removal used is very safe, like with any procedure, there are some risks to be aware of.

Tattoo Removal Creams

Many people want a quick and easy tattoo removal process, so it should be made aware that tattoo removal creams are ineffective and are very harmful to the skin. Contrary to advertisements, tattoo removal creams will never completely take away tattoo ink. Creams take months of use to have minimal results if any and often are damaging to the applied skin. If a person uses a tattoo removal cream, then they must wait at least eight weeks after the last use before their laser treatment. If both a tattoo removal cream and a laser treatment are used within eight weeks, the skin could be severely and permanently damaged.

Sun Exposure

Professionals suggest that customers wanting a tattoo removed remain out of sunlight for a few days leading up to their treatment. Sun exposure should be avoided, if at all possible and tanning beds should not be used for this period either. Tanning of the skin, either with natural sunlight or Ultraviolet rays, will set back treatment for up to two weeks. Sun or UV exposure affects the tattoo removal process because it changes the melanin (pigment) in the skin. The laser cannot break up the particles of the ink in a tattoo if the skin has recently been tanned or burned. Before and after treatment, wearing sunscreen of, at least, SPF 30 is suggested at all times where sun contact is a possibility.


Treated areas should be very clean on the day of the treatment. Please remove any spray tan, lotion, makeup, or other topical product applied on, or around, the treatment area. Laser treatments should not be administered while the customer is taking antibiotics or for 14 days after administering the last dose. Antibiotics could cause an unpleasant reaction to the lasers due to the immune system’s compromised state. Also, many prescription antibiotics activate a sensitivity to light and could lead to an extended recovery process.

Duration of Original Tattoo

The Tattoo Removal process cannot begin until the original tattoo fully heals. It must be at least eight weeks after getting the tattoo before the removal process can initiate. For the safety of the patient, no new tattoos can be removed.

Unwanted tattoos do not have to be a forever problem. Thanks to laser tattoo removal as an option, everyone can rid themselves of their undesirable tattoo experience. Sun or UV exposure, topical products, antibiotics and removal creams should be avoided when considering tattoo removal. Patients should keep in mind that protection during the process is of the utmost importance.

Getting Started with Tattoo Removal in Ann Arbor

To schedule your FREE Consultation or learn more about Ann Arbor Laser Tattoo Removal Specialists, visit or call (734) 972-0959.

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