Tattoo Removal Aftercare
- Use a mild, fragrance-free, liquid anti-bacterial, anti-microbial or a germicidal soap. We highly recommend using Tattoo Goo Deep Cleansing Soap for Tattoos and Piercings or Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps Unscented Baby-Mild Pure-Castile Soap.
- Use a prepackaged sterile aftercare product. We highly recommend using Redemption Tattoo Aftercare. Redemption is the first and only USDA certified petroleum replacement. It looks and feels like petroleum based products, but its 100% natural.
- WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching the tattoo removal area.
- REMOVE the bandage after 1 hour.
- SOAP should be used no more than 1 – 2 times daily. While showering, lather up a pearl size drop of soap and gently clean the tattoo removal area using only your fingertips. Leave the cleanser on the tattoo removal area for no more than 30 – 60 seconds.
- RINSE thoroughly, with cool water, to remove all traces of soap from the tattoo removal area.
- DRY by gently patting with a clean, disposable paper towel. Cloth towels can harbor bacteria.
- ALLOW the tattoo removal area to air dry. This allows excess moisture from swelling under the skin, and also moisture introduced by washing, to evaporate.
- WAIT until all scabs have flaked off before applying a recommended aftercare product to the tattoo removal area, usually 14 – 21 days.
- APPLY a very thin layer of a recommended tattoo removal aftercare product 2 – 3 times daily, until the skin fully heals. Gently massage the aftercare product completely into the skin and pat with a clean, disposable paper towel to remove any excess.
- APPLY a moisturizing lotion with SPF 50+, to fully healed skin, daily. Reapply, as often as needed, to protect the tattoo removal area from sun exposure. Be sure to rub the moisturizing lotion with SPF 50+ completely into the skin. Use only a fragrance-free lotion that does not contain any alcohol, oils, dyes, glitter or bronzers.
- The superficial layer of skin, called the epidermis, has been removed and the middle layer of the skin, called the dermis, has been penetrated with a proprietary solution. This process created an abrasion that is about the thickness of a dime.
- Initially, a secretion of a whitish-yellow, clear fluid (plasma) may form some crust on the tattoo removal area. Gently clean the tattoo, as directed above. You should not attempt to pick, scrub, scratch or rub to remove the plasma. Allow the scabs to begin forming.
- Localized swelling, tenderness and minor bruising can be expected.
- Both redness surrounding the tattoo removal area and skin that is warm to the touch are normal signs of healing.
The treated area will begin to dry out, contract, and form small scabs. Continue to clean your tattoo removal area, as directed above.
- Correct formation of the scab is critical to the success of the removal process. There should not be any kind of moisturizer, salve, balm, lotion, cream or any other kind of aftercare product or chemical used on the tattoo removal area while these scabs are present.
- The scabs will flake off naturally, leaving a visible layer of fresh, pink skin. Begin applying a recommended aftercare product, as directed above. Secondary scabbing may occur. The skin will continue to heal over the next several weeks. It can take several months for the skin to completely recover.
- Itching is natural during the healing process. As a protective measure, the body releases histamine in response to the wound and its sudden exposure to outside elements. Be mindful not to scratch or pick at the healing tattoo removal area. Use a moisturizing lotion, as directed above, to help relieve the itch.
What To Do
- Treat the tattoo removal area with the same respect as you would any other kind of broken skin.
- Wash your hands prior to touching the tattoo removal area. Leave it alone, except when cleaning or applying a recommended aftercare product or moisturizing lotion.
- Maintain an avid daily hygiene routine throughout the entire healing process.
- The healthier your lifestyle, the easier it will be for the tattoo removal area to heal. Get enough sleep and eat a nutritious diet. Drink plenty of water.
- Wear clean, loose fitting clothes that do not rub or irritate the tattoo removal area.
- Make sure your bedding is washed and changed regularly. Wear clean, comfortable, breathable clothing that protects the tattoo removal area while you are sleeping.
- If clothing or linens become stuck to your tattoo, lightly moisten the area with cool water and gently work the cloth away from the tattoo removal area.
- During the healing process, showering is okay but you should avoid a steady stream of water on the tattoo removal area.
What To Avoid
- Avoid picking, scrubbing, scratching, rubbing or any other method to help the scabs flake off. The longer the scabs remain intact, the greater the success of the removal process.
- Avoid caking or globing on a recommended aftercare product. Your skin needs to breathe to heal and smothering it with a thick layer of aftercare product will extend the healing time and damage the tattoo removal area. Do not wrap or bandage the tattoo removal area.
- Avoid undue trauma such as friction from clothing, excessive motion of the area, vigorous cleaning or soaking of the tattoo removal area. These activities can cause disruption of the scabs prematurely resulting in irritation, incomplete pigment removal, the formation of unsightly and uncomfortable scar tissue and many other complications.
- Avoid all oral contact, rough play, and contact with others’ bodily fluids on or around the tattoo removal area.
- Avoid submerging the tattoo removal area in unhygienic bodies of water such as lakes, pools, hot tubs, etc.
- Avoid the use of isopropyl alcohol or hydrogen peroxide on or around the tattoo removal area.
- Avoid using Bactine and other products containing Benzalkonium Chloride (BZK). These products should not be used on puncture wounds or over large areas of the body.
- Avoid all petroleum based ointments such as Neosporin or Bacitracin, as they can collect and promote the growth of bacteria. Do not use Vaseline or Vitamin A & D Ointment.
- Avoid all beauty and personal care products on or around the tattoo removal area, including cosmetics, lotions, and sprays, etc.
- Avoid direct sunlight and indirect sunlight, tanning beds and the use of tanning products on or around the tattoo removal area.
For best results, avoid direct and indirect sunlight and exposure to other UV rays for at least 6 months after the tattoo removal area has completely healed. Daily use of a moisturizing lotion with SPF 50+ will help prevent exposure.