Tattoo Removal Process
BEFORE CARE INSTRUCTIONS FOR LASER TATTOO REMOVAL
- Your tattoo must be at least two weeks old and healed prior to laser removal.
- If you have had a previous removal treatment you will need to wait 6-8 weeks before we can treat the area with our tattoo removal process.
- Do not expose the area to direct sunlight, tanning beds and stay away from self- tanning creams and spray tans for two to three weeks prior to your appointment. We cannot treat suntanned areas with the laser. If the area around your tattoo is tan, you run the risk of hypo (too little) or hyper (too much) pigmentation.
- If your Tattoo will be in the sun, use sunscreen with SPF50 or higher for 3 weeks prior to being treated. It is even better if you can keep your tattoo covered. If you come in tan, you may be asked to wait until your tan has faded before we will do the procedure.
- Make sure you shave the area to be lasered so that it is clean of hair the day of or before your treatment.
- Pain medications such as Motrin, Aspirin and Aleve thin blood and promote bruising and therefore should be avoided 3 to 7 days before the tattoo removal process begins. Tylenol is fine.
AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS FOR LASER TATTOO REMOVAL
When your tattoo was first applied, the pigment attached itself to the dermal layer of your skin. When our Certified Laser Specialist treats your tattoo with the laser, the laser energy passes harmlessly through the top layer of skin and breaks up some of the ink into small particles that are absorbed (metabolized) by the immune system. Also, some of the ink absorbs the laser energy and will become a crystallized solid, which your skin will then push it out (exfoliate) like a splinter.
- Immediately after tattoo removal process begins there may be slight pain, bruising, redness, bleeding, swelling and/or blistering at the treatment site; depending on the treatment and energy used. This usually lasts 1 hours or longer. The redness may last up to 10 days. The treated area may feel like a sun burn for an hours after the treatment, but it will subside.
- It is vital to apply an ice compress to the site on and off for the first hour. Alternate the compress on and off every 1 to 3 minutes as needed. You may take Tylenol, but avoid aspirin (it can increase the risk of bruising and/or bleeding). Ice helps prevent blistering.
- For the first 24 hours avoid hot steamy showers and harsh or heavily perfumed soaps, cleansers or lotions. Bathe with lukewarm water and treat skin gently, if scabbed don’t shave. Avoid swimming pools, ocean, saunas and hot tub until treated site is healed. Limit strenuous physical activity for the first two days.
- Before, during and after treatments do not tan the area. Stay out of direct sunlight, tan beds & spray tans to avoid hypo-pigmentation and hyper-pigmentation. If you will be in the sun apply sunscreen – SPF 50 or greater.
- Itching is very common. Try to keep area dry for first week and then you can apply small amounts of Aquaphor or Vaseline or Ice pack to the treatment area to reduce itching and irritation.
- If Blisters appear after the tattoo removal process begins use a sterile needle or lancet to drain the blisters. Apply antibiotic ointment on top (Bacitracin or Polysporin) and cover with a non-stick bandage.
- If there is drainage or liquid oozing from the treated area apply Polysporin or Bacitracin. These ointments can also be used if area becomes itchy or tight. The drier you keep it the better the results.
- DO NOT COVER the area as it starts to heal. Let it dry out.
- DO NOT PICK if a scab does form. This could lead to scarring.
- Infections are rare, however, if aftercare is not followed they can occur. The signs to look for are foul odor, fever, red streaks from area, yellow-green drainage, and pain. Call the office if you suspect an infection.
- Before your next appointment make sure you use sunscreen 50 SPF or higher, no tanning beds or spray tans for 3 weeks prior to appointment and shave any hair the day before or day of treatment.
- You have been treated with a highly specialized Pico and/or Q-switched tattoo removal laser that has been deemed safe, fast and effective by the FDA. It is important that you come back within 6-8 weeks for your first follow-up treatment, and highly advisable that you come in every 6-8 weeks for all of your scheduled treatments.
- Patients will sometimes notice that not much has happened to the tattoo after the initial treatment. This is normal as the body takes 6-8 weeks to digest the ink in the tattoo. Several treatments are necessary and will depend on the depth of the tattoo, location of tattoo on your body and color of your skin, amount of ink and colors used in the tattoo.
- I have read and understand the pre and post treatment instructions. DOWNLOAD THE INSTRUCTIONS HERE, SIGN, AND BRING WITH YOU TO YOUR APPOINTMENT.
NUMBING CREAM INSTRUCTIONS
Enclosed you will find your BLT numbing cream to use prior to your laser treatment. Please keep it out of direct sunlight and store out of children’s reach.
The number one question associated with the tattoo removal process is: “does it hurt?” In a nutshell, the answer is “yes.” But it doesn’t have to be excruciatingly painful, and there are ways for the laser specialist to minimize the pain. Some places don’t offer these options up front because they can be time-consuming and costly. Tattoo Undo’s motto is: make the procedure as painless as possible and make people happy. So to dispel the myths, let me just say that MOST of our patients say the laser treatment is not that bad. In fact, most of the time, during the first procedure when I do a test spot and ask them how it feels, they tell me “It’s not as bad as I thought.”
At Tattoo Undo we use a high strength compounded prescription numbing cream called a BLT (benzocaine, tetracaine, lidocaine). The BLT is by far the strongest, but also the highest strength and typically only applied under professional supervision. This product contains: (BLT) Benzocaine 20%, Lidocaine 6% and Tetracaine 4%.
If you have allergies to any of the above-mentioned drugs, you may NOT use this product. Cannot be used on open lesions, burns or suspicious lesions. Cannot be used on pregnant or nursing women. Cannot be used on children or the elderly. Cannot be used on patients sensitive to local anesthetics like Benzocaine, Lidocaine or Tetracaine. Cannot be used on a large surface area consisting of multiple body sections during a single procedure.
DO NOT USE:
In or around eye area.
On full chest and full back in the same day – if use of cream is required on both areas, the treatments should be scheduled on separate days.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
It is best to apply NUMBING CREAM at home approximately 1 hour prior to treatment. Apply a thin coat of BLT numbing cream evenly to body part being treated. Remember to have the body part clean shaven on day of treatment or night before is best. Expect numbness in area and redness. The slight red appearance is normal. Any unusual redness or irritation should be reported to Tattoo Undo immediately at 303.990.0120. Numbness can last for up to a couple of hours. Save balance of cream for next treatment, store in safe place.
Download the numbing cream instructions here.