If you experience any unusual pain or discomfort after the treatment, call the MediZen office at 614-266-9922.
Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your care!
Dr. Elena A.Christofides & Dr. Maggie Gasiorova
HOW TO CARE FOR THE SKIN IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING TREATMENT:
- Within 4-6 hours of your treatment, remove the bandage and clean the treated area (after first washing your hands).
- To clean the skin, we suggest a gentle soap, like Dr. Bronner’s. Cleanse the affected area 2-3 times a day, and gently pat dry with a clean towel. Do not rub.
- Then, apply a thin layer of Aquaphor ointment to the treated area and cover with a fresh, clean, non-stick dressing.
- For the initial 72 hours after treatment, keep the area covered during the day with a non-stick dressing. Each time you cleanse the treated area, reapply Aquaphor and cover the treated area using a fresh non-stick dressing. Do not keep it bandaged overnight.
- Blisters, crusting, scabbing, bruising and redness may occur and are a part of the healing process. The surface of the skin may take 5 to 7 days, but can take up to 3 weeks, to return to its normal texture.
- Pinpoint bleeding may happen after each treatment, this refers to tiny bleeding areas that look like a pinprick. This surface bleeding may occur up to 48 hours after your treatment. This is different than bruising under the skin. You may bruise under the treated area as a result of the heat given off by the laser. DO NOT pick at the skin, pierce the skin or otherwise attempt to drain the blood. Your body will absorb this blood as a part of the healing process.
- Scabbing can be expected when you have pinpoint bleeding. *If this happens* Apply coconut oil, rather than Aquaphor to the affected area 2-3 times a day. Coconut oil is a natural antibacterial agent and will keep the area moisturized and help it heal. We suggest using organic, cold-pressed, coconut oil (with no additional flavors added) for this application. Keep your treated area bandaged when out and about in the world until it is healed, and the scabs have fallen off on their own.
Aftercare is a very important part of the laser process.
What you do and don’t do after your laser tattoo removal treatment will impact your results. Read through these aftercare instructions and follow our recommendations for the best results.
Immediately after the laser treatment, the area may be raised, red, bruised, and/or swollen. It can feel like a bad sunburn. You may experience a pulsating feeling, like a heartbeat.
The area will feel warm to the touch and may stay warm for a few days after. These sensations are your body’s response to the trauma from the laser treatment. These are the signs that your body has started to break down the pigment in your tattoo.
You can take Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Naproxen, Aleve) as needed, but please do not take any aspirin. Aspirin increases the risk of bruising and/or bleeding.
Exercise is encouraged post-treatment. Being as active as you can typically helps your body’s immune system to break down the tattoo pigment. There is no need to restrict activity.
It is important to hydrate after the procedure to encourage the flushing of the ink from your system. This can include water and herbal tea, but not soda. Please drink an ADDITIONAL 4-8 cups (32-64 oz), daily for the first 3-4 weeks after your laser treatment.
Please be aware that the laser treated area will be sensitive. You may feel uncomfortable when using overly warm water on the area. We do not recommend this.
Prolonged exposure to extremes of temperature and humidity can destroy the integrity of your skin and slow down the healing process, increase the risk of infection, or even cause scarring. The activities that will need to be limited include hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms or swimming pools, fresh bodies of water (or similar) during the entire healing process. We particularly advise against immersing yourself in water
Do not expose the laser treated area to significant direct sunlight. Limit your exposure to 10 minutes a day or less. You must protect the laser treated area from the sun with a zinc oxide sunscreen throughout the healing process and cover the treated tattoo to keep it out of direct sunlight. Sun exposure can cause changes to the pigmentation of the skin around the treated area (excessive color or loss of color) and other complications. Burt’s Bees Diaper Rash Cream is our preferred product to use as a zinc oxide sunscreen.