- Carefully remove you bandage after 40 – 60 minutes. Wash your hands first, then wash the tattoo with antibacterial soap or Dr. Bronners soap. Massage for 1 minute.
- Rinse. Use Clean paper towels to blot excess. Don’t worry, the color you are seeing coming out is a remnant from the procedure, not from the tattoo.
- With cleans hands, apply Cocoa or Shea Butter in a thin layer to the tattoo. rub into the tattoo until it is almost gone. In this case, less is more. Apply thin coats 2 – 3 times a day with a wash before every application.
- 20 minutes after application use a clean paper towel to wipe off all excess ointment and plasma off the tattoo. Leave the tattoo alone until the next cleaning and application.
- On average tattoos take 4 – 12 days to heal depending on certain medical conditions. typically after 4 – 5 days your tattoo will begin to peel. It will look like a visible scab which is NORMAL. continue applying ointment until fully healed.
- Once the tattoo has begun to heal completely take care of your tattoo with an unscented lotion of choice. Within two weeks of being healed you may enter pools/tubs. Stay our of direct sunlight for this damages healing skin.
Laser Removal Aftercare
- Immediately after treatment, there might be slight bruising, bleeding and/or blistering depending on the treatment and energy used in the treated area.
- If blisters appear to use a clean needle or lance to drain the blisters. Repeat this procedure several times until all the blisters are gone.
- DO NOT COVER the area as it starts to heal. Let it dry out. Keep the area from prolonged direct sunlight for the next week.
- DO NOT PICK if a scab does form.
- If there is any drainage or liquid oozing from the treated area, apply Neosporin or Bacitracin. Neosporin or Bacitracin can also be used if the area becomes itchy or tight. The drier you keep it the better the results.
- CALL THE OFFICE AT if the area continues to be swollen, bleeding or pus is associated.
Hair Removal Aftercare
- Immediately after laser hair removal, redness and bumps at the treatment area is normal. It may feel like a sunburn for a few hours. If needed, use a cold compress. Any crusting, apply antibiotic cream. Some physicians recommend aloe vera gel or some other after sunburn treatment such as Desitin. People with darker skin types may experience more discomfort than people with lighter skin types and may require longer usage of aloe vera gel or an antibiotic cream.
- Makeup may be used after the treatment unless there is epidermal blistering. It is recommended to use new makeup to reduce the possibility of infection. Be sure to wear moisturizer on under your makeup. In fact, moisturizer will help exfoliate the dead hair from the follicle, so use moisturizer frequently and freely on the treated area. Any moisturizer without alpha-hydroxy acids is recommended.
- Avoid sun exposure, tanning beds or self-tanning lotions to reduce the chance of dark or light spots for 2 months. Use sunscreen SPF 25 or higher at all times throughout the treatment and for the following 1-2 months.
- Avoid picking or scratching the treated skin, this may cause scarring. DO NOT USE any other hair removal methods or products in the treated area during the course of your laser treatments, as it will prevent you from achieving your best results.
- Shower with lukewarm water after the laser treatments, use soap, deodorant, etc. The treated area may be washed gently with a mild soap. The skin should be patted dry and NOT rubbed. You may apply deodorant after 24 hours.
- Avoid hot tubs or saunas while skin is red (1-2 days).
- No strenuous exercise for 24 hours after the treatment, this will aggravate the redness and swelling.
- Hair re-growth occurs at different rates in different areas of the body. New hair growth will not occur for at least three weeks after treatment.
- Call the office with any questions or concerns you may have after the treatment
Stubbles, representing dead hair being shed from the hair follicle, will appear within 5-30 days from the treatment date. This is normal and is not new hair growth. It will fall out quickly, or you can help the hair exfoliate by gently wiping with a washcloth.