5 Tips to Prepare for Laser Tattoo Removal

5 Tips to Prepare for Laser Tattoo Removal

The tattoo seemed like a great idea at the time. Now? Not so much.

In fact, you now regret the tattoo so much that you’re considering having it removed. You’ve chosen a good time for the procedure — laser tattoo removal has advanced so much in recent years that most tattoos can be safely removed with little pain. 

The team at Skin Med Spa uses the Lumenis Tattoo removal system with Q-switch technology. Short laser pulses target the tattoo ink under the skin. The pigment absorbs the light and heat energy from the laser until the pigment particles just shatter into fragments, which are then absorbed by the body.

Here are five ways you can prepare for your laser tattoo removal:

Have realistic expectations

Laser tattoo removal usually works well, but some circumstances can change that outcome. Make sure you get realistic advice and before-and-after photos from the provider who will be doing your treatment (not just pictures you found online). A couple of notes: Most tattoos will take multiple treatment sessions, and the farther your tattoo is from your heart, the more difficult it will be to remove because of decreased blood flow.

Eat, hydrate, and take acetaminophen ahead of time

Don’t arrive at your treatment on an empty stomach. You may get light-headed during the procedure, so you want to make the risk of fainting as low as possible by eating and drinking well before you come. You can also take acetaminophen ahead of time to help reduce any discomfort you may feel, but don’t take ibuprofen or aspirin as they can lead to bruising after the treatment.

Stop smoking

You should stop smoking for many reasons, but in this case, the smoking will slow down your body’s healing process, and it will increase the chances of scarring and infections.

Protect your skin from the sun

Tanned skin is more likely to have an adverse reaction to the tattoo removal process, so while you’re undergoing treatment, stay out of direct sunlight as much as possible. When you do have to be outside, use plenty of sunscreen or wear clothing over the area. Before your first session, stay out of the sun for at least four weeks; some specialists won’t even treat tanned skin.

Keep the area clean and clear

Make sure the skin where you will be treated is clean, and don’t use any moisturizers, lotions, perfumes, or cosmetics on the area. The treatment may feel like getting snapped with a rubber band or like you’re getting a tattoo again. You’ll feel like you’ve been sunburned when it’s over, so wear loose-fitting clothing that doesn’t have to touch the skin.]

Now that you’re prepared for your tattoo removal, the team at Skin Med Spa will be happy to help complete the process. Just fill out the contact form or the appointment request form on our site, and we’ll be in touch soon!

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