Laser Tattoo Removal Aftercare Advice

Recent laser tattoo removal technology, such as the  laser has become much more effective at removing tattoos with very little risk of long term scarring. In the short term, laser tattoo removal will always create a superficial white frosting which is completely natural and what is expected of a successful laser tattoo removal treatment. Some patients may experience a little bruising, swelling, blistering or pinpoint bleeding which again is perfectly normal and is actually a sign that your immune system is already healing the area and beginning to remove the ink from your skin. To help alleviate these perfectly normal side effects and to help speed up your recovery time, follow our simple advice on laser tattoo removal aftercare below.


Before treatment

  • Wash your tattoo gently but thoroughly.
  • Avoid exposure to sunlight and sun-beds for at least 4 weeks.
  • If the tattooed area is covered by hair, please shave the area 1 day before treatment.
  • Do not apply any self-tanning products for 1 week prior to the treatment.
  • Do not apply moisturising creams to the area.
  • Anesthetic cream such as emla cream is recommended to help with the pain relief to be applied 1 hour before the laser treatment.


Up to 48 hours after treatment

  • After treatment, leave skin alone for 24 hours to let the air get to it.
  • Avoid restrictive clothing or excessive friction of the treated area.
  • Avoid applying creams, moisturisers, make up, perfume or body lotions to the treated area.
  • Avoid hot baths or getting the area wet.
  • Avoid heat treatments such as saunas and steam rooms as well as jacuzzis.
  • Avoid going swimming as chemicals in the water may cause a skin reaction
  • Do not lie in the sun or use a sun-bed as this activates the melanin in the skin and can lead to pigmentation marks.


If the area treated feels tender or warm

  • Try to let the air get to the area but avoid exposure to the sun.
  • Apply cold compresses of ice, or a pack of peas from the freezer wrapped in a clean cloth.
  • Do not apply ice directly onto the skin as this can burn.
  • Do not apply any creams/lotions to the area other than that recommended by your laser operator.
  • After 24 hours Aloe Vera gel can be used on the area.
  • Savlon antiseptic cream may also be used after 24 hours, 3 times a day for three days.
  • Paracetamol can be used.


By following this before and after treatment advice you should expect to see and feel a greater laser tattoo removal satisfaction

Clients should notify the clinic of any change in medical conditions, medication or pregnancy and if you have any adverse reaction then contact your GP immediately

Please call Claire Sharpe Phoenix Laser Immediately if you have any adverse reactions on: 01509 262880