Laser tattoo removal is becoming more popular for those who want to get rid of some ink that they just aren't in love with anymore. This process is quite a bit more expensive than the traditional tattoo cover-up method. It is also quite a bit more involved than covering up old ink with new ink. However, the results are much more preferable for those individuals who want to move on with no traces of the old tattoo, or those who want to get rid of any trace of their old life and old tattoos. If you are one of the soon-to-be-inkless individuals that opt for a laser tattoo removal procedure at the dermatologist's office, the following tips will help you heal faster.
The first tip is to moisturize the area where the tattoo is being removed. A typical tattoo takes six to eight sessions under the laser to be fully removed. After each session, your dermatologist will apply some ointment and bandage the area before sending you home. Between sessions, your skin will be dry. It can also blister and peel. Find a good moisturizing lotion that will infuse the area with good moisture and keep the skin hydrated. This will promote healing between sessions and can even help your tattoo disappear faster.
It is important to leave the affected area covered for at least 24-48 hours after each session with the laser. After this, you can start to exfoliate the area. Choose a gentle exfoliating cleanser to use in the shower. After showering, use a moisturizing lotion that also exfoliates, so you can get two things done with one product. There are many body lotions on the market that moisturize and exfoliate. Choose a lotion with a high concentration of glycolic, salicylic or lactic acids for the best exfoliating results.
You should always protect all of your skin from damage by the sun. However, it is even more important to protect your skin where your tattoo is being removed. This skin is susceptible to blistering and peeling immediately after each laser session. However, the sun can cause the skin around the tattoo removal area to burn very quickly. It is also more susceptible to blistering and peeling after a sunburn than other skin on your body. Keep a sunscreen on the affected area at all times, and keep the skin covered by clothing if at all possible.
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