Laser Tattoo Removal Aftercare

How To Look After Your Skin After Laser Treatment

Looking after your skin after a laser treatment is all part of the process.  Get this right, and you’ll be protecting your skin from any problems down the line.

What Happens after My Laser Treatment?

Your skin might appear swollen or even bruised after laser treatment. There may be blisters and then a scab or thin crust. This is normal and nothing to be concerned about. Mild swelling, redness and tenderness should last for no more than a week. Any discolouration around the tattoo site should fade over the next 7-12 days. The tattoo may appear blurred and will begin to fade over the following month.

How Do I Care for My Skin?

Whilst your skin is healing you should keep it free from any plasters or bandages unless advised to do so by your practitioner.

Protect your skin with a factor 50 sunscreen (apply to unbroken skin of course) and avoid the sun to reduce the chance of hypopigmentation (areas of skin lightening) and hyperpigmentation (areas of skin darkening) occurring. If it does occur, it usually corrects itself over time.

You should wear loose, comfortable clothing on the treated area and materials that will not itch, rub or catch.  Cotton would be preferable.  Lycra, tight denim or wool should be avoided.

Massage the area in the weeks following your treatment.  This might aid the dispersal of the pigment in the dermis.

Of course, if you have any concerns, do get in touch.  We endeavour to reply to any enquiries promptly and within 24 hours.  You can get in touch by texting 07446 258509 or by emailing

If the treatment area shows signs of infection, profound redness, pus, increased swelling or tenderness, seek medical attention immediately.

What Should I Avoid Doing after My Treatment?

Here is a list of don’ts to remember after your treatment.  Refer to them often so that you are aware of what to avoid in the days after your treatment.

  • Don’t have a HOT bath or shower within the first 48 hours. Adjust the temperature to warm.
  • Don’t have a HOT bath or shower if you have any blisters or reddening of the area. You must wait until the skin has healed.
  • Don’t rub the skin with a washcloth or with a towel after bathing or showering. The skin needs to be treated gently whilst it recovers from the treatment.
  • Don’t pick at any scabs or blisters. They are nature’s plasters and protect your skin from bacteria which cause infection. If the area is in a place which is likely to get knocked, cover loosely with a bandage for protection. Remember, blisters and scabs are part of the natural healing process.
  • Don’t expose your treated skin to sunlight. Don’t sunbathe and don’t use a sunbed.  In addition, use factor 50 sunscreen in daylight to protect the skin.  You should follow this regime strictly for at least a month.
  • Don’t apply any makeup, lotions, potions, or skin creams (other than sunscreen) to the area.  We recommend applying Aloe Vera gel along with factor 50 sunscreen for the first few days if the area is not protected by clothing from sunlight.

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Will Laser Tattoo Removal Leave Scars?

In rare cases, lasers can cause scarring. We have invested in state-of-the-art technology that is tried, tested, and proven to cause the least scarring if any at all. Furthermore, if you carefully follow all the aftercare advice, and space out treatments as advised by your practitioner, the chances of scarring are very minimal. In other words, follow the advice and it is extremely unlikely that you will experience scarring from any treatment performed at The Waxologist Wax & Laser Clinic.

What Should I Do If a Blister Forms?

Again, nothing. This is normal and is your skin’s natural way of protecting and healing. Be careful not to break the skin and allow the blister to naturally disappear. If the blister does burst, make sure that you keep the area sterile and clean to avoid any infection.

If you would like to know more, visit our FAQ page.  You can also contact the clinic at any time for a chat with our friendly clinicians.

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