Need to remove a tattoo? Learn more about how the treatment process works
A January 2012 study by Harris Interactive shows that 1 in 7 of the 21% American adults who have a tattoo regret getting one.
If you are one of the growing numbers of people that is turning to laser tattoo removal to eliminate unwanted tattoos, you should be clearly informed about the process before stepping into the clinic. Not because you should be afraid of anything, but because the more you know the more prepared you will be and know what to expect (and what NOT to expect!).
Before & after care instructions
Before you come in for your scheduled treatment remember the following:
- Your tattoo must be at least six weeks old before the laser removal.
- If you have had a previous removal treatment, you need to wait 6-8 weeks before we can treat the area again.
- Do not expose the tattooed area to direct sunlight. Also avoid tanning beds, self- tanning creams and spray tans for three weeks prior to your appointment.
- If there’s no way for your Tattoo to avoid being 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. As with the previous point, if you come in with a tan you may be asked to wait until it has faded before we can do the treatment.
- Make sure to shave the area of the tattoo to be removed, so that it is clean of hair the day before or on the same day of treatment.
- Pain medications such as Motrin, Aspirin and Aleve are blood thinners and promote bruising, therefore should be avoided 3 to 7 days before treatment. You can take Tylenol instead.
After your treatment session, these are the most important things to keep in mind:
- There may be slight pain, bruising, redness, bleeding, swelling and/or blistering at the treatment area, which usually lasts 2 hours or longer. The redness may last up to 10 days.
- An ice pack is highly recommended on and off for the first hour. You may take Tylenol if needed.
- 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. Avoid swimming pools, ocean, saunas and hot tub until treated site is healed.
- Stay out of direct sunlight, tan beds & spray tans to avoid hypo-pigmentation and hyper-pigmentation.
- Itching is very common. Try to keep the area dry for first week and then you can apply small amounts of Aquaphor or Vaseline to the treatment area to reduce itching and irritation.
- Don’t cover the area as it starts to heal, let it dry out & don’t pick if a scab does form as this could leave a scar.
You may think that not much has happened to the tattoo after the first treatment. This is normal as the body takes 4-6 weeks to get rid of the fragmented ink from the tattoo. Several treatments are necessary and will depend on the age of the tattoo, location on your body, an amount of ink and colors used in the tattoo.
It is important that you bring the signed form the first day of treatment. Read and download the full list of aftercare instructions here.
Things change with time, but Tattoo Undo & Veins Too can help!
If you regret having a tattoo for work related issues, because it is no longer relevant in your life or because you need more space for fresher ink, Tattoo Undo and Veins Too is your best option in Denver to remove it! Debbie and Mark Grillo are certified technicians in the use of laser technology for skin treatments and members of the National Laser Institute of America. They also retain a medical director, Dr. Sidney Eisenbaum M.D., and have invested in the best laser equipment in the market for tattoo, spider veins and brown spot removals.
Contact us today for a free no-obligation consultation!