Regen Laser After Care Instructions for Laser Tattoo Removal
Please follow all after care instructions for the best healing and outcomes of your tattoo removal.
1. Keep the treated area clean, dry, and covered with a sterile dressing for the first 3 hours after the procedure. Soap and water are adequate for cleaning, but only pat the area dry. You may apply a thin coating of antibiotic ointment or Aquaphor up to three times a day for 3 days.
2. Blistering is common and is typically considered a good thing as it indicates your body is going through the normal healing process. Blisters may even assume some of the color of the tattoo ink as your immune system begins removing it from your tattoo. When/If the blister pops, lightly place antibiotic ointment over the area for at least 24 hours.
3. Your skin may feel like it’s burning after treatment. Use cool compresses as needed after the laser treatment to help reduce discomfort and inflammation. Application times are not to exceed 15 minutes with an hour in between re-applying. Tylenol may be helpful, but avoid blood thinners such as aspirin.
4. Avoid picking at or shaving over the scab to avoid infection and scarring.
5. Wait at least 2 hours after the treatment before you shower. Avoid high pressure water.
6. Avoid any form of soaking of the area such as baths, hot tubs, and swimming pools until all blistering and scabbing are completely healed.
7. Exercise is typically safe after treatment as long as you care for the treated area as detailed here and avoid friction to the area.
8. Wear SPF 25 or higher sunblock over the area for 3 months following the treatment.
9. For 48 hours after your treatment, avoid using makeup, creams or medications on or near the treated area unless recommended by ReGen Laser.
10. Itching is very common and you may use Aquaphor or vitamin E ointment on the area to decrease itching and hydrate the area.
11. Contact the office immediately in the following situations:
- The area looks infected (honey colored crusting and oozing or spreading redness)
- If you experience an unusual discomfort or bleeding
- If you have any questions or if you’re unsure about the progress of your treatment site
12. Scarring, which can be hypertrophic or even keloid, can occur but is extremely rare.
13. Call 911 and go to the emergency department if you have an extreme reaction.