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Laser Tattoo Before and Aftercare

During your initial consultation, we will show you the PicoSure Laser and explain how it works in regards to tattoo removal so you know what to expect on the day of your treatment. At Point Laser we have the added benefit of being located inside Paradise Point Family Medical Centre allowing for immediate access to GP’s and medical professionals if we require a second opinion on any possible skin conditions. In very rare cases, there are elements that present themselves which will affect either the results or ability to remove the tattoo. This is why it’s extremely important to visit a qualified and experienced clinic when it comes to laser tattoo removal. 

Once all of the assessments have been completed, there are just a few things you should do prior to your first laser session:

  • Minimise or completely avoid (if possible) sun exposure to the tattoo area for up to 6 weeks before the treatment.
  • Do not apply fake tan at least 10 days prior to treatment.
  • Ensure the area of the tattoo and the skin around the tattoo is clean and has no skin-care products remaining (such as moisturiser and or fake-tan).
  • Avoid taking any blood-thinning medication prior to the treatment such as Aspirin (ibuprofen).
  • The day before your first laser tattoo removal treatment, shave the tattooed area.
  • Apply numbing cream approximately 1 hour before the treatment (optional).

Please ensure the correct procedure is followed prior to each treatment as it will enhance both the results of the tattoo removal and the recovery process.

After-treatment expectations

  • Erythema: (redness) typically resolves in less than an hour, but in some cases may linger for 24 hours.
  • Frosting: usually fades in 30 minutes.
  • Unwanted Pigment: will continue to darken and may turn 2-3 shades darker than the original colour, then shed over time. Most unwanted pigment will significantly lighten or clear within 3-6 sessions.
  • Hypo-pigmentation: may occur when treatment epidermal pigmented lesions. It is usually transient and resolved over a period of 4-6 months.
  • Post inflammatory hypo/hyper-pigmentation: may occur with any laser treatment. Typically both resolve spontaneously without intervention in 6-12 months

Laser Tattoo After-treatment recommendations

  • After each treatment session, proper care of the treated area following post treatment instructions can decrease the risk of adverse effects
  • Warmth/heat is expected in the treated area for up to 1 hour post-treatment
  • Slight swelling (oedema) and erythema (redness) of the treated area may occur after treatment
  • Cool the skin post treatment as needed with cold gel packs, cool gel, or cool air
  • Wash the treatment area gently with soap and water
  • Do not soak the treated area
  • There may be slight darkening (bronzing) of the skin noticeable 3-10 days post treatment which resolves without intervention
  • Do not shave the treated area if crusting is evident
  • Avoid sun exposure between treatments. If sun exposure is unavoidable, apply SPF 50+ to protect exposed, treated areas
  • Apply moisturisers for sensitive skin as needed
  • For patients who are prone to breakouts or have sebaceous skin, consider waiting 24 hours before applying any topical products
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