There are a handful of symptoms you might see post-treatment. Among them are blisters, swelling, raising of the tattoo, pinpoint bleeding, redness, and/or temporary darkening. Not to worry, though. These are common and usually subside within one to two weeks.
How do I take care of it after?
For the next 24 hours: A cold compress and elevation are recommended to help reduce discomfort and inflammation.
Avoid for the next 24 hours: Physical activity, hot showers and saunas.
Avoid for the next 1-2 weeks: Direct sun exposure, hot tubs, pool water and salt water until tattoo is healed.
Keep the treated area clean and dry while it is healing.
Some scabbing, blistering, light bleeding and itching may occur. Immediately after treatment, there may be erythema (redness) and edema (swelling) at the treatment site. This usually lasts 2 hours or longer. The erythema may last up to 10 days.
If you blister, do not pop the blisters.
Do not pick at the scab or allow the skin to become scraped, as this may result in infection and scarring.
You may take only Tylenol to help with discomfort. Please avoid aspirins, ibuprofens and naproxens because they may increase the risk of bruising and/or bleeding.
Shaving should be avoided in the treated area until it is completely healed (5-10 days).
Please apply sunscreen every day to the treated area after the tattoo has completely healed (5-10 days), even if clothing covers the treated area. Sun will travel through your shirt or pants.
No active tan, self-tanner, bronzers or spray tan 4-6 weeks before and after treatment.
Remember: Drink lots of water!
Does it hurt?
Laser tattoo removal is uncomfortable - many clients say that it is worse than getting the tattoo. The pain is often described to be similar to that of hot oil on the skin, or a "snap" from an elastic band. The procedure is very quick and we use utilize a Zimmer Cryo 6 Skin Chiller which not only minimizes the discomfort, but also results in decreased overall patient skin inflammation and damage. This translates into a more comfortable experience with fewer side effects! Having experienced firsthand the procedure with and without the Zimmer, we can all say that it is much more tolerable with!