One of the biggest concerns people have while researching laser treatment is whether it leaves a scar. Scarring is highly unlikely to occur if clients follow our aftercare protocols and the following tips. There are many steps you can take before and after your treatment session to increase your satisfaction and prevent scars!
What is Tattoo Scarring?
Tattoo scarring occurs when the needle is pushed too deep into the dermis and causes damage to the surrounding tissue. This can cause scarring or keloids to occur on the surface of your skin. Keloids are raised scars that form when the skin heals after an injury.
Does Laser Tattoo Removal Leave Scars?
No, not with the PicoWay©. The laser works in picoseconds which is so fast that it avoids heating the skin. The PicoWay© is noninvasive and does not cause damage to the surrounding tissue. Learn more about our laser technology here.
Can Tattoos Be Removed Without Scarring?
Yes, with our laser technology and aftercare protocols, your tattoos can be removed without scarring. Laser technology has come a long way and will continue to advance. With the PicoWay©, your tattoo can be completely removed with no scarring or sign of the tattoo ever being there. Check out some of our client’s removals here.
16 TIPS TO PREVENT TATTOO REMOVAL SCARRING:
Follow these tips to reduce scarring before your laser tattoo removal procedure.
1. DRINK LOTS OF WATER.
Having a lot of water before/after your removal will help increase the speed of recovery.
2. TAKE YOUR VITAMINS.
They are just good to take! Vitamin E and Aloe help with healing.
Injected shots (with a needle) may increase the likelihood of scarring. Instead, use icing or lidocaine cream to help.
4. DON’T SMOKE.
The success of removing a tattoo after 10 treatments is reduced by 70% if you smoke! Do your skin and lungs a favor and quit smoking.
5. GET A QUALIFIED LASER TATTOO REMOVAL TECHNICIAN.
Only trust a skilled tattoo removal technician to minimise your risk of injury and maximise your success.
6. APPLY OINTMENT THREE TIMES A DAY.
This will increase the speed of healing and reduce scarring.
7. TAKE IT EASY THE NEXT DAY.
You don’t want anything to bump into your bandage!
8. WASH TWICE A DAY WITH MILD SOAP AND WATER.
Antibacterial soap can cause irritation and inflammation.
9. ALWAYS PAT WITH A PAPER TOWEL TO DRY – DON’T RUB.
Rubbing can cause side effects like scabs to come off too early, causing your body to form a new scab. The healing process just became longer.
10. CHANGE BANDAGE AND DRESSING AFTER EVERY WASH.
This is for sanitation purposes.
11. DON’T PICK AT THE SCABS.
This causes scarring.
12. DON’T POP ANY BLISTERS.
This also causes scarring!
13. KEEP THE TATTOO OUT OF THE SUN.
Keep the tattoo out of the sun, even after many weeks from your last tattoo removal session. The sun causes blistering quickly and increases the time of healing.
14. WHEN IN THE SUN, WEAR SUNSCREEN.
Wear sunscreen that contains zinc or titanium dioxide to block against UVA and UVB rays. Wear sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher.
15. WAIT AT LEAST SIX WEEKS BETWEEN LASER TATTOO REMOVAL SESSIONS.
Your body continues to digest the ink in the tattoo long after the laser zaps it. Skin fatigue is also a consideration. A 4-6 week downtime allows your skin to heal.
16. QUIT SMOKING!
Yes, it’s that important to mention twice!
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