How to take care of skin after tattoo removal

Here are some tips on how to take care of your skin after tattoo removal.
Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 08, 2012 01:44 AM IST

Here are some tips on how to take care of your skin after tattoo removal.

1 Ice relief: After tattoo removal some amount of bruising and swelling is expected. This can cause a lot for discomfort. Use an ice pack for small amounts of time on the affected area to relieve the pain.

2 Beware of infection: A certain amount of scabbing is also expected. Do not pick at scab because that can cause infection. If the dressing is advised, follow the doctor’s advice regarding the care and change of dressing. The area can be itchy as it heals, so be careful not to scratch at it as this can also lead to infection or scarring.

3 Protection from sun: The skin can get sensitive towards sunlight after the removal of the tattoo, so limit the amount of sun exposure to the affected area. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen that gives protection to both UVA and UVB. Use of broad spectrum sunscreen also prevents hyper-pigmentation or darkening of the skin at the site of tattoo removal to an extent.

4 Expert help: If the area of tattoo removal becomes red, painful or there is increasing swelling, fever, weeping or discharge from the site of tattoo removal contact your doctor immediately.

5 Proper rest: The recovery time per tattoo removal treatment is usually several days. It depends on the type of laser system that is used. You should give your body time to heal and be patient with the recovery. Avoid using anything on the skin without medical recommendation.

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