How To Speed Up The Removal Process For Best Results!
You’re no doubt impatient for your skin to rebuild as swiftly as possible, and we will guide you to hurry the process.
Follow our tattoo removal aftercare tips routinely throughout the removal process straight after leaving our clinic.
There are two aspects to focus on:
1) Skin at the treatment site
2) Whole Body / Lifestyle
You will need to attend to both! The aim is to care for the treated area and to support your immune system and circulation.
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Post Removal Protocol for skin at the site
- Keep the area clean and dry for the first few days, Use an over-the-counter lotion to keep the area moisturized. A hydrocortisone cream or Neosporin is also helpful to re-nourish the skin. Vitamin E cream will promote healing of the cells. Keeping your skin moisturised will reduce the urge to itch. If blisters surface on the treated area, contact us for advice, or use a sterilised pin to drain the blister, then use an antibiotic cream. Keep the treated area hydrated with any of these: Aquaphor, bacitracin, panthenol. Then cover the area with a non-stick bandage.
- After treatment, the skin may slightly scab over. Never pull, scrape or aggressively wash the area to ward off potential scarring. This crust should flake off in 7-10 days.
- Avoid sun exposure to avoid hyperpigmentation (darker pigmentation)
- There are no constraints on bathing. However, clean the area lightly, as with any other wound, and avoid hot water.
- Avoid vigorous exercise for the first 24 hours. Relax, do nothing taxing . Avoid raising blood flow, This is because it can increase the risk of blistering and swelling. You also want to avoid the risk of bumping the treated area.
- Avoid popping blisters and picking at scabs–to avoid the risk of scarring and long-term damage or discoloration. Blisters and scabs will occur but picking at them will interfere in the body’s natural healing process.
- Avoid the sun. Your body works hard to heal itself naturally after removal. Prolonged exposure to UV rays can encourage discoloration and hypopigmentation. Sunburn on delicate skin after a procedure is unpleasant. If you must be in the sun, be sure to wear loose clothes that cover the area. Use sunblock (SPF 30+) at all times throughout the course of your treatments. Use a 20% zinc oxide sunblock only after the blisters and scabs have healed.
Call us to discuss this guidance further if anything is unclear. It is our aim to work with you to speed up your healing!
Whole Body / Lifestyle: Flush pigment through your lymphatic system via a healthy lifestyle
Support your general health to support the laser removal area to repair quicker. The laser will break up the ink fragments during tattoo removal, then your body will naturally move fluid to the tattooed area to flush the pigment away. The pigment can take up to 4 weeks to be flushed away. Removing a tattoo takes multiple sessions. The body’s natural immune response to the tattoo removal will swell and redness in the area.
Lifestyle is crucial to speed up the flushing process! This will ensure the lymphatic system is clean and operating optimally.
- Quit smoking: Smoking will obstruct the removal process. It impairs vessels and inhibits the immune system response. Smoking deoxygenates the body. It slows the blood flow near your skin’s surface.
- Avoid Alcohol: Alcohol suppresses your liver and kidneys’ ability to flush out ink particles from your body. It also leads to dehydration, which slows the healing process.
- Stay hydrated: Drink tons of water to flush out those toxins!
- Eat healthy: Include a well-balanced approach which includes fresh, seasonal produce, with no processed food or artificial flavours. Ensure that you are getting your essential nutrients and opt for raw foods over cooked.
- Exercise–get physical! Rest for a few days after removal sessions, but then get moving after that. Movement will encourage the lymph flow, which helps speed up the flushing process.
- Meditate: A calm and low stress body is ideal. Gentle yoga is useful.
- Detox with lymphatic drainage massage: Under the direction of a professional therapist, this will manually expel toxins as they move fluids towards the heart.
- Bounce: Get on a trampoline to boost circulation.