Tattoo Removal After Care

tattoosDay of Treatment (Day 1)
Ice: It is vital to apply an ice compress to site on and off for the first hour.  Alternate the compress on and off every 1 to 3 minutes as needed.  Do not leave ice on the treated area for more than 5 minutes.  Natural aloe vera gel may also be applied.

Rest: Limit physical activity on this day.  Avoid exercising and any activity that results in perspiring.  Avoid hot steamy showers and hard soaps/cleansers.


Elevate: The treated area should be elevated above the heart when possible.  This is especially important for tattoos on the lower leg, ankle and feet.

Notes:  Please note your treatment site may exhibit different tissue reactions after each treatment.  The following signs and symptoms are normal after laser treatment:

  • The treatment site appears unchanged or appears brighter.
  • The area will appear white, pink or red.
  •  The treatment site has pinpoint bleeding, blistering or red, yellow or clear discharge and swelling


Day After Treatment (Day 2)
Ice:  Continue to apply ice compress as noted above only as needed for burning.

Moisturize: Apply Vaseline or Aquaphor 3-4 times a day for the first 3 days after treatment to promote healing and reduce itching and irritation.

Rest and Elevation: Continue to rest and elevate (especially important for tattoos on the ankle or foot).  Limit physical activities such as working out, sports, etc.

Follow-up Treatments
Follow-up treatments are scheduled at least in 3-4 week intervals.