Laser Services Aftercare Instructions
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Tattoo Removal - Day of Treatment (Day 1)

Ice: It is vital to apply an ice compress to site on and off for the first hour. Alternate the compress on and off every 1 to 3 minutes as needed. Do not leave ice on the treated area for more than 5 minutes. Natural Aloe Vera gel may also be applied.

Rest: Limit physical activity on this day. Avoid exercising and any activity that results in perspiring. Avoid hot steamy showers and harsh soaps/cleansers. 

Elevate: The treated area should be elevated above the heart when possible. This is especially important for tattoos on the lower leg, ankle and feet.

Notes: Please note your treatment site may exhibit different tissue reactions after each treatment. The following signs and symptoms are normal after laser treatment:

·       The treatment site appears unchanged or appears brighter.

·       The area will appear white, pink, or red.

·       The treatment site has pinpoint bleeding, blistering or red, yellow, or clear discharge and swelling.

 

Tattoo Removal - Day After Treatment (Day 2)

Ice: Continue to apply ice compress as noted above only as needed for burning.

Moisturize: Apply Vaseline or Aquaphor 3-4 times a day for the first 3 days after treatment to promote healing and reduce itching and irritation.

Rest and Elevation: Continue to rest and elevate (especially important for tattoos on the ankle or foot). Limit physical activities such as working out, sports, etc.

 

Tattoo Removal - Day 3 Until Healed

Moisturize: Keep treatment site well moisturized with Vaseline or Aquaphor.

Avoid: Any over the counter anti-bacterial ointments or creams as they may cause allergy!

Activities: You may resume activities unless a blister is present. Avoid swimming pools, ocean, and hot tub and tub soaking pedicures for 5–7 days until healed.

Blistering: Blistering is normal. Do not pop or pick blisters. Blisters may take 1–2 weeks to resolve. You may use a non-stick bandage to protect the blister. If blister breaks apply Aquaphor and a non-stick bandage. If blister is painful you may call the clinic to have it drained.

Healing: Do not pick or remove scabs or crusts that develop during the healing process. This is a leading cause of infection and can lead to scarring. Healing can take anywhere from to 5 to 25 days (or more).  Infections are rare, however if aftercare is not followed they can occur. The signs to look for are foul odor, fever, red streaks from area, yellow-green drainage, and pain. Call the office if you suspect an infection.

 

Before Your Next Treatment: Apply SPF 50 to tattoo when in direct sun light, avoid spray tanning for 2 weeks before, and shave area day before next treatment.

 

Book Next Appointment: Should be booked in 8–12 weeks. It takes the body up to four weeks to break down the ink so results will not be immediate and every treatment will react differently.

 

 

Dermal/Epidermal Treatments - Day of Treatment (Day 1)

For the first hour post-treatment, avoid exercising and any activity that results in perspiring. Avoid hot steamy showers and harsh soaps/cleansers.

Do not pick or scratch the area, you can use sunblock of +30 SPF after the first hour post-treatment

Please note your treatment site may exhibit different tissue reactions after each treatment. The following signs and symptoms are normal after laser treatment:

·       The treatment site appears unchanged or appears brighter.

·       The area will appear white, pink, or red.

·       The treatment site may have pinpoint bleeding, blistering or red, yellow, or clear discharge and swelling.

 

Dermal/Epidermal Treatments - Day After Treatment (Day 2)

Moisturize: Keep treated area clean and moist as suggested by doctor or clinician and return to daily skin care once the treated area is healed.

Avoid: Avoid over the counter anti-bacterial ointments or creams as they may cause allergies.

Activities: You may resume activities unless a blister is present. Avoid swimming pools, ocean, and hot tub until healed.

Blistering: Blistering is normal. Do not pop or pick blisters. Blisters may take 1–2 weeks to resolve. You may use a non-stick bandage to protect the blister. If blister breaks apply Aquaphor and a non-stick bandage.

Healing: Do not pick or remove scabs or crusts that develop during the healing process. This is a leading cause of infection and can lead to scarring. Healing can take anywhere from to 5 to 7 days procedure dependent. Infections are rare, however if aftercare is not followed they can occur. The signs to look for are foul odor, fever, red streaks from area, yellow-green drainage, and pain. Call us if you suspect an infection.

 

Before Your Next Treatment: Apply SPF 50 when in direct sunlight for more than 15 minutes, avoid spray tanning for 2 weeks before, and shave area day before next treatment.

 

Book Next Appointment: Schedule the next appointment as suggested by clinician or doctor. It is recommended to complete a minimum of 6-10 treatments for best results.

 

To book your next appointment or if you have any questions or concerns, we can be reached using the following:

Telephone: 780-705-0577

Email: info@eternalink.ca

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