Laser Tattoo Removal Creams & Aftercare – London
The majority of those removing an unwanted tattoo would love for nothing more than their old skin back. The reality is that after intense needling (which can create scar tissue) and a course of laser, not everyone will have perfect looking skin when they have finished. There are things you can do for laser tattoo removal before and after treatments to get the most out of your laser sessions.
Why does tattoo laser removal hurt?
Both tattooing and lasering can have strong side effects on the skin and therefore aftercare is a really important part of skin health. Laser tattoo removal reaches exceedingly high temperatures to shatter the ink, up to 300 degrees celsius – this is more than the skin can tolerate. This is why most clients opt for numbing cream prior to treatment.Thank fully Picosecond lasers all have cyrogen devices which deliver cooling air throughout and after the treatments.
What creams can be used?
It is common in the US to have lidocaine injections into the tattooed area, whereas laser tattoo removal UK favors topical numbing cream. Creams such as Emla 5% or LMX 4% are applied a minimum of 30 minutes prior to lasering with a plastic covering such as Tegaderm or cling film to stop evaporation. 2 hours is the optimum time in most cases.
How can I take care of my tattoo after the laser?
Blistering, swelling and even pinpoint bleeding are known and expected side effects after laser tattoo removal. Therefore, it is important to keep the tattoo clean and dry for the first 48 hours or until the skin is healed. Banadaging is key during this time to keep the area as sterile as possible. The best choice after laser tattoo removal is Jelonet and Tegaderm.
Jelonet is a sterile bandage with paraffin jelly to moisten the treated area and soothe and protect the skin, excellent for any kind of wound. Topped with Tegaderm, which is permeable allowing oxygen to the skin, yet preventing the entry of microorganisms, keeping the skin hydrated. If you have blisters it is better to keep the area bandaged to prevent them from popping.
Once the bandage is removed Vaseline can be applied twice a day to lock moisture into the skin. It gives the skin an added layer of protection and reduces scabs from coming away too early leaving marks.
Is there anything I can do to speed up the removal?
Yes! Applying Bio Oil daily after 2 weeks this will continue to encourage blood flow to the area of the tattoo. Clients that massage between sessions definitely see faster results, particularly those with a tattoo on an extremity, such as feet.
I popped a blister and it left a mark. What can I do?
What’s great is there are now lots of skin rejuvenation treatments that fix pigmentation, texture and scarring. Although long term marks are rare with the latest lasers, such as Picosure and Picoway, the reality is marks can happen, even more so from the initial tattooing. If you are looking for experts for laser tattoo removal London, the FDA approved equipment used at Pulse Light Clinic branches has fractional lasers within each device, at the end of your sessions you can opt for skin rejuvenation to revitalise it once more!
Book a consultation today to start your journey to remove your tattoo with Pulse Light Clinic.