The aftercare following PicoSure laser tattoo removal is very specific and it’s important for patients to follow the directions carefully. Although the PicoSure laser is very gentle on the skin, the superficial blisters and overall treatment area must be supported with proper care to ensure that the maximum amount of ink is removed and that the skin itself remains healthy and resilient throughout the series of treatments.
The most important things you need to do:
- Wash the treated tattoo everyday with soap and water!
- Do not let it dry out! Use cortisone ointment or Aquaphor!
If you do not wash off the exudate (the cells and fluid coming out of the treated area) they will build up and form a barrier to healing and increase bacterial growth. And if you let it dry out, the skin can’t heal correctly. Cleanliness and moist skin are two of the unbreakable rules in healing.
We must remember that the blistering, which follows PicoSure laser tattoo removal sessions is NOT thermal in nature. Rather, the PressureWave with Boost causes minor blistering by vibrating and disrupting the superficial outer layer of skin cells called the stratum corneum. When this occurs, clear fluid will pop out a blister. Do not confuse minor blistering with a burn or infection.
I have all of my PicoSure laser tattoo removal patients wash the treated area with a mild soap each day, apply a liberal amount of Cortisone or Aquaphor ointment and cover it with a protective dressing until the blisters have subsided. This supports the skin, protects it and prevents any blisters from being torn off during routine daily activities. By carefully cleansing and protecting the treatment area, we ensure that the skin is ready for the next treatment. Eventually, the area will look as though it had never even been tattooed. If you have a tattoo you want removed professionally, safely and effectively, I can be reached by phone @ 512-479-9997 or just stop by my NEW location in Austin, TX: Austin Medspa on W. 6th St.