1. In some instances, blisters may form in the area (more common with red tattoos) followed by a scab or thin crust. If blistering does occur keep the area clean and dry and allow to heal naturally. Do not use any lotions or creams on open skin as this may increase the risk of infection. If any scabs or crusting forms, it should be allowed to fall off on its own. The underlying skin will remain red for a few days to several weeks. To minimise complications do not remove crusts.
2. Showering/bathing is permitted after 24 hours but take cool showers rather than hot baths. Gently pat the area dry; do not rub with a towel or washcloth. The skin should be patted dry and not rubbed.
3. Do not apply make-up on the treated area until it is fully healed.
4. Protect the area from the sun for the first 2 weeks. Use sunblock of at least SPF 30 or avoid any sun exposure on the treated area between treatments and for at least one month after treatment ends.
5. Massage may help disperse the pigment once the area is fully healed.
6. If the treatment area shows any signs of infection: - profound redness, pus, swelling or tenderness, inform your doctor immediately
7. Skin can develop temporary lightening (hypo-pigmentation) or darkening (hyper-pigmentation) after laser treatment. Both can be made worse by sun exposure. Pigment changes may be permanent, but will usually resolve within 3-6 months.
8. Blistering is a normal healing response to tattoo removal, blisters should normally heal 3-14 days after treatment. If blistering occurs please keep the area covered with a dressing provided after treatment. Keep the area clean and dry and allow to heal naturally. Please do contact the clinic for further advice. Do not use any lotions or creams on open skin as this may increase the risk of infection. DO NOT pick grazes or pick or pop blisters – as this may increase the chance of a scar occurring. Once the skin has healed, a high protection sunscreen should be used daily for 12 months to prevent pigmentation changes to the skin.
9. Following the treatment, there may be pinpoint bleeding and the tattoo can feel very itchy 3 days after the treatment, however, do not scratch the area.
10. The skin may look white following the treatment. This normal and is due to the ejection of particles and vapour from the skin.