Does laser tattoo removal hurt?

You will experience a burning sensation throughout although the anaesthetic will help. If it becomes too painful then more medication will be given. Everyone is different when it comes to pain tolerance.

You will be advised to keep the area clean and apply an antibiotic cream to prevent the risk of infection. Replace the bandage as instructed. You will require more than one session and this can range from a few for an amateur tattoo through to twenty (or more) for a professional tattoo. These repeat sessions will take place every six to eight weeks. You can resume your normal activities straight after tattoo treatment.

After laser tattoo removal treatment

There may be some bleeding from the treated area but this will ease after several hours. The treated area will be red, sore and swollen and blisters will have formed. It will also be tender to the touch and have a shiny appearance.

Scabs will form and it is important not to pick at these or scarring will result. Do not pop any blisters. Avoid exposure the treated area to the sun. Treat this area in a similar way as if you had experienced a burn and look after the skin. The treated area will return to normal after four to six weeks, and will be ready for any repeat sessions. The treated area must return to normal before you undergo further treatment.

You may also be advised to do the following:

  • Avoid scrubbing the treated area when taking a bath or shower.
  • Avoid picking or rubbing the scabs or crusts.
  • Apply a sunscreen if exposing the treated area to the sun.
  • Avoid swimming pools until the treated area has healed.
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