So you’re getting laser tattoo removal, and you want to make sure you’re doing everything right. It’s important you look after not just your skin, but your whole body.
Laser is a holistic process - it’s about helping your immune system (your lymphs) process toxins (your ink). So aftercare - and for that matter before and during care - is much more meaningful than simply skincare. Although that’s important too!
We’ve put together an Aftercare 101 tell-all guide to help you through the process.
How to look after the tattooed area
Wash the treated area twice a day with water and a gentle cleanser, avoiding perfumed products which could cause some sensitivity. Use a clean cotton pad to apply vaseline and massage this into the skin (massage will actually help stimulate your lymphs). If you’re using your hands rather than cotton pads, make sure you’ve thoroughly washed them first.
It’s really crucial you keep this area clean - make sure you avoid public baths, swimming pools and hot tubs. It’s also important to avoid excess heat, so steer clear of saunas, steam rooms and, of course, sun beds.
Protecting the treated area
Waterproof dressings and plurogels help maintain a healing environment while still letting air in - the best way to allow the skin to heal. Ours are made with a unique membrane covered in microscopic air holes too small for water molecules to pass through, but large enough for oxygen to pass through. This helps your skin recover quickly. They’re medical-grade, transparent, and can be left in place for up to seven days (although we’d recommend around three days).
They’re designed for easy removal; you simply lift an edge away from the skin, grip the dressing and stretch away from the hydrogel patch, parallel to the skin. This releases the adhesive, allowing it to come off without irritation. No *ouch* moment here.
What’s normal and what isn’t
You may experience some sensitivity on the treated area - this is normal, and to be expected. If you’re looking after the tattooed area, these symptoms will cease within the first day or so. However, if you notice signs of an infection such as increasing redness, pain, swelling or pus - contact your GP. With NAAMA, this is really unlikely to happen, but do act quickly if you notice these signs.
What to wear over the tattooed area
Clothing wise, it’s generally best to wear loose clothing, especially the first couple of days after your session. If you’re getting a thigh tattoo removed, for example, it’s best to avoid skinny jeans or a tight pair of trousers.
It’s also better to try and stick to natural materials like cotton, linen, silk and wool and avoid man-made fabrics like nylon, polyester, rayon and velvet. This avoids any possible irritation and keeps your treated skin cool and comfortable.
Sun protection - everything you need to know
Unlike other laser tattoo removal systems that can burn and damage the skin, with NAAMA’s unique technology, there is no need to alter your lifestyle or avoid sunlight whilst undergoing treatment. Simply, protect your skin with a sun-safe skincare routine and use a moisturising sunscreen with a high SPF when exposing your treatment area to direct sunlight within two weeks of your treatment. Exposing your skin to direct sunlight without protection whilst it is still recovering can lead to pigmentation changes.
Please note, if you are treating coloured ink and tan deeply between sessions such that it materially alters the colour of your skin, we may need to reassess your treatment schedule. Please contact your consultant in this instance.
What you can to do to get the most of laser tattoo removal
To get the best results from your tattoo removal, it’s important your immune system is optimized and working efficiently. Your immune system (the system in the body that provides resistance to infection and toxins) is made up of lots of different organs and processes. It’s your lymphs, otherwise known as the lymphatic system, that plays the biggest role when it comes to laser tattoo removal.
The lymphatic system is responsible for removing waste and toxins from the body, so sends white blood cells to attack ink pigments, which have been broken down by the laser, and carries them away to be processed.
There’s lots we can’t control about laser tattoo removal - our genetics play a big part, as does the type of ink used in the tattoo, as well as the techniques used by the tattoo artist. Lifestyle factors also play a massive part - and those, we can control. Here’s what you can do to help make sure your immune system is in the best shape possible.
Contraction of the muscles and joints propel fluid through the lymph system, making it work better and faster.
Protect your skin when in the sun
Avoid smoking, limit alcohol
Any toxins reduce the burden on your system, leaving more capacity to clear your ink.
Think leafy greens, nuts, fatty fish, citrus fruit, whole grains and dark chocolate. Processed, unhealthy foods just add to the load on your system and eating food high in nutrients keeps your whole immune system strong.
Try not to stress
It causes lymph congestion, which makes the whole system less efficient. We know, it’s easier said than done! Try meditation, yoga and generally moving your body - laughter is pretty good medicine too.
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