Before your appointment
To ensure we are able to effectively treat your tattoo we ask that you:
Avoid direct sunlight 4-6 weeks prior to treatment
Have no active sun tan or sunburn
Avoid fake tan or make up products on the treatment area
We have now treated your tattoo, here are some steps you can take to ensure you are looking after the area and giving your tattoo the best chance at effective removal.
Leave your bandage on for the rest of the day of your treatment.
Apply every 1-2 hours for 10-20 minutes maximum for up to 24 hours after your treatment.
Apply either over your bandage, or wrap the ice pack in a clean tea towel.
Apply a thin layer 2-3 times daily for 3-4 days after your treatment, or if you notice the treated area becoming tight or dry. Treat the area similar to sunburn.
After your tattoo has settled and is no longer swollen or red, we recommend using a basic and unscented moisturiser.
Avoid UV exposure
We strongly advise to keep the treated area covered from UV exposure for up to 8 weeks following your treatment, as this can cause changes to the pigment in your skin.
This includes sunlight and tanning beds.
Looking after your skin post treatment
Possible Adverse Reactions
Redness/swelling/bruising - the most common reaction, following our aftercare advice can help with all of these reactions.
Blisters and scabs - less likely but still a normal reaction, in most cases, leaving them alone and keeping them clean and dry will allow them to heal on their own after a few days/weeks. Do not pick them!
Infection - the laser tattoo removal process is non-invasive and should not cause any broken skin, however if there are any blisters/scabs, infection is a possibility- to avoid this, keep the area clean and dry and don’t pick! If you notice the area become red and swollen, or you feel unwell at all, please contact your GP/111.
Scarring - there is always a risk of scarring with this treatment, however research suggests only 3-4% of people will encounter scarring from laser tattoo removal, and in our clinic, we are seeing less than 1%.
Hyper/hypopigmentation - darkening or lightening of the skin may occur, this is usually only temporary, and happens if the area has been exposed to UV light. It can take up to 6 months to heal, and in very rare case, is permanent.
Allergic reactions - it is possible to have an allergic reaction to the pigment as it broken down and removed by your immune system, it is usually a good indication that you will have a reaction if you had one at the time of tattooing, although not always. We advise seeking medical advice from your a pharmacy/GP/111 if this happens.
Bleeding - pinpoint bleeding may happen, it is a normal reaction although rare. You may notice speckles of blood on your bandage after you remove it, clean the area and follow after as normal.
Tattoo pigment changes - there are certain pigments used in ink that can change colour once treated with a laser, some can be removed and others are sometimes untreatable, we will discuss your individual tattoo with you, and you should be aware of the ink we are and are not able to remove before you make the decision to have the tattoo removed.