What To Do After You’ve Had A Tattoo Removed

Thankfully, you no longer have to live with a tattoo that you don’t like. Everybody has made mistakes in life and until recently a tattoo was a constant reminder of one. 

Going to a laser tattoo removal clinic like LaserAll will have it like the tattoo never happened. 

It is a process that takes time as it involves multiple sessions. It also requires some patience as you will have to take care of the area after.

In this article, I will go over some of the things you need to do to take care of your skin and other things you should know.

Immediately after 

The first few days after a tattoo is removed are crucial. There is a high risk of infection at this point so it is important to make sure you are using an antibiotic healing ointment. Something like bacitracin will kill any bacteria and germs that could cause an infection and also act as a skin moisturizer to keep it from getting dry. 

It should be covered by a sterile gauze for a few days and changed daily. 

Stay out of the direct sun

You may want to time your tattoo removal for winter when it will be covered by clothes. If you are out in the summer sun then you can get a sunburn on the area being treated.

Not only will a sunburn hurt on the sensitive skin, but you may have to postpone your next appointment as they can’t work on that sunburnt area.

It will also take longer for that area to heal properly. 

If you do have to be out in the sun, make sure to keep it covered with a bandage. 

Don’t scratch or pick at it

It shouldn’t be too painful after your treatments, but there will be some discomfort. And you will surely be tempted to scratch in that area. Try to resist as you could end up picking away at the scabs. Not only are you opening up the wound and risking infection, but you are also likely to have scars left there. 

If they are the shape of the tattoo you are trying to remove, then that would be really unfortunate.

Hopefully, it is an area that doesn’t require you to shave as the razor could open up the scabs too. 

Can you go to the gym after?

Immediately after your tattoo removal session, you will see some swelling. The bigger the treated area, the more swelling you will encounter. 

For at least two days after the treatment, you should avoid the gym and work out in general.  When you exercise, you are increasing blood flow all over your body. This will increase the swelling of the area and will slow down the healing process.

It could also be uncomfortable to move around when exercising depending on how big an area it is and where on your body. Try to take it easy to let it heal at its own pace. Prolonging the discomfort is not a good idea.

Also, when you are ready to get back to the gym, you have to be very careful. There are a lot of bacteria and fungus in a gym locker room and the risk of infection is very high.