It is important to take good care of your tattoo following your laser tattoo removal appointment. Proper aftercare is needed to ensure that the area doesn’t become infected, that your skin texture doesn’t change, or that there aren’t any other unwanted side effects. At Remove a Tattoo – Laser Tattoo Removal Clinic, Dr. Brotzman will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions. Laser tattoo removal is a fairly simple procedure and following the aftercare instructions will help you achieve great results.
In this post from our Aftercare Tip Series, we would like to spend some time talking about scabbing – why it sometimes happens and why you should avoid picking or peeling off the scabs that may form during the healing process.
When your tattoo is treated with a laser, a superficial skin wound is created. Your skin responds just as it would any other wound – by bleeding, swelling, bruising and perhaps scabbing. Scabbing or crusting can usually be prevented, but if it does occur is a completely normal part of the healing process and should resolve within a matter of weeks. Preventing the scabs from forming with moist treatment site care is best and your aftercare instructions will discuss this in more detail. You may also experience some itching during this time, but try not to scratch the skin directly. The itching will resolve over time as well. Patting the area instead of scratching it gives relief of the itching without disrupting the skin.
It is best to not have scabs develop in the first place with any type of wound (ie a cut, burn, scrape or laser tattoo treatment site). Many people have a difficult time leaving the scabs alone. We understand – there is something deeply satisfying about peeling off a scab. Unless it is attached to the underlying skin, which it often is; then that satisfying feeling quickly is replaced by pain or bleeding. When it comes to laser tattoo removal you want to first try to prevent scabs from occurring, but if they do occur you must avoid picking the scabs because doing so increases your chances of scarring and may lead to infection. Scarring is extremely rare during laser tattoo removal – typically scarring happens during the application of the tattoo – so we don’t want to do anything to increase that risk.
The laser does not break the surface of the skin and the risks of infection are extremely low. To keep your risk of infection low, be sure to follow all aftercare instructions and avoid picking scabs if they form or popping any blisters that form. If you do suspect an infection, contact Dr. Brotzman or your doctor immediately.
If you have any questions about your aftercare instructions or the healing process after you have been treated at Remove A Tattoo, don’t hesitate to give us a call. If you are looking for a laser tattoo clinic, we hope you consider Remove a Tattoo – laser tattoo removal clinic. Remove a Tattoo offers physician performed laser tattoo removal and is an excellent option for those in the Greater Milwaukee Area. Contact us today!