Aftercare

Proper tattoo removal aftercare is extremely important for successful results.

Laser tattoo removal preserves the epidermis, your upper areas of skin, but use laser energy to target the ink located in the lower part of the skin, the dermis.  This is through a process called selective photothermolysis.

Sun Exposure & Fake Tan

We recommend no sun exposure or fake tan for several weeks  both prior to and after your tattoo removal procedure.

We recommend the use of sunscreen for at least two to three weeks after your laser tattoo removal session to reduce your chance of PIH or post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (skin colour changes). 

We will advise the best sunscreens to use following your laser treatment.

Medication, Scarring, Pregnancy

Laser tattoo removal is not recommended if you have had ingestion of gold secondary to rheumatoid arthritis. We can perform a test patch to determine this.

Skin conditions such as psoriasis or other inflammatory diseases such as lupus will require consultation with our specialist prior to laser tattoo removal. 

A family or personal history of keloid scarring may result in laser tattoo removal not being an option.

Although there is no scientific evidence of laser tattoo removal being harmful, we do not treat patients with lasers if they are pregnant.

Aftercare

Following treatment, our laser specialist will inform you of your aftercare obligations to maximise faster healing times.

It is important to cleanse the area at least two to three times a day to help increase healing times and reduce the chance of infection following laser tattoo removal.  We also encourage the use of a special antibacterial ointment to be applied three to four times per day.

Unink will provide you with written instructions concerning wound care of the area.

Scabbing

If the area scabs it is likely to scar.  We encourage the use of the healing balm recommended by us to be used several times a day. 

Healing Timeframes

Healing timeframes depend on many factors including your immune system and the size and area of treatment.  Tattoos on the legs may take up to two weeks to heal up completely, whereas smaller tattoos on areas such as the shoulder, neck or face my only take five to seven days to completely heal.

Exercise

We encourage limiting exercise during the healing phase.  Depending on the location of your tattoo removal and individual circumstances, our laser specialist will give you specific guidelines as to when you can recommence exercising.