As the tattoo industry becomes more popular, so does an increase in removing unwanted ink. People are choosing laser tattoo removal as their preferred way of removing tattoos. There are several questions that might be asked about the actual removal process but the most important question pertains to the aftercare. Proper aftercare is an essential step in the laser removal procedure.
Tattoos can be removed from any place on your body. It is important to pay close attention to the removal site for any signs of infection. The first few days, an antibiotic ointment should be placed on the area and covered with a clean gauze or bandage. After 3 or 4 days, the bandage does not need to be applied. It is important to keep the area clean and dry as it is healing. If a scab is formed, a moisturizer can be applied to help reduce any redness, itchiness, or irritation.
Showering can return to normal once the bandage comes off. The area should be washed with mild soap and pat dry so as not to irritate the skin. Soaking in a bath or hot tub should be avoided as this helps to decrease a chance of infection occurring, which could delay the healing process.
Keeping a healthy immune system will decrease the healing time. Drinking lots of water will help keep your body hydrated. Staying hydrated flushes out toxins in your body that can lower your immune system, which could lead to infections. Exercising is another good way to speed up the healing process. Exercising causes an increase in blood flow throughout the body. An increase in blood flow helps to further break down leftover particles in your skin. Another way to keep a healthy immune system is by limiting your alcohol intake. Drinking a lot of alcohol can cause the body to become dehydrated, which greatly slows down the healing time. Smoking also slows down the healing process. Smoking causes the body to slow down the time it takes to remove chemicals from your blood cells and other vital organs. This can dramatically affect the results of the healing time for the laser site.
Two important things that you should also avoid is too much sun and picking at any scab. Too much sun exposure, either by a tanning bed or sun burn, can cause changes in the skins pigmentation. This may cause a delay in the laser process until the skin color returns to normal. The laser site forms a blister or a scab to protect the raw area from infections. If you continue to pick at the scabs or blisters, you are delaying the healing process. Any scabs should be left to fall off on their own.
Typical healing times are between 4-8 weeks. By allowing any scabs to heal on their own, protecting your skin from the sun, and boosting your immune system, the removal process will be a quick and effective way to get rid of unwanted ink.
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