TATTOUT PRE Advice:
Proper care before your procedure is important to help you get the best results and lower your risk of undesired side effects.
- No recent sun exposure, tan, or use of self-tanners for a minimum of 6 weeks prior to treatment. The risk of hyper/hypo pigmentation (lightening or darkening of the skin) is greatly increased with sun exposure.
- Avoid treatments that may irritate the skin like harsh chemicals, depilatories, etc. for at least 1-2 weeks before treatment and 6 weeks after treatment. This includes products containing tretinoin, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic/salicylic acids, astringents, etc. Do not resume use of these products until skin has fully healed and all crusting has resolved.
Treatment area should be clean shaven of all hair. Some discomfort is expected. Some areas are more sensitive than others. Topical anesthetic options may be available if required/desired.
- No alcohol intake 48 hours before treatment
What to expect:
Expect the Tattoo Lightening procedure to be a multi-step process. It is likely that you will have to come back for more than one treatment. Additional visits should be scheduled no sooner than 4 - 8 weeks from the last treatment unless we are treating specific sections of the tattooed area. This can be done 3 weeks apart. Keep in mind that in many cases the tattoo may fade unevenly. Please review the following directions and refer to them as necessary.
Be prepared for the initial color intensity of your procedure to be significantly brighter or darker, you will also notice it may appear very red or white immediately after the procedure. This should fade as it heals. Depending on the tattoo, the area may darken before it fades. It will take time for this transition based upon how the tattoo was applied, what it was applied with, and your own natural healing.
Wash your hands before touching any treated area. Do not expose the area to dirty or unsanitary conditions. The area must be dry majority of the time within the first 2 weeks.
DAYS 1 -14:
When you return home remove bandage and allow air to circulate and dry out the treated area so a scab can form
After 48 hours you can rinse the area with luke warm water. Treated area must remain dry, cover with plastic while showering in the first week. No soap. No sun. No submerging in water. (If accidentally exposed to water you must blot dry immediatly after)
If treated area becomes itchy apply aftercare balm, ONLY AROUND the treated site DO NOT APPLY ON TREATED AREA. ( DO NOT SCRATCH ON THE AREA )Tap on it if you absolutely have to)
A scab will form over the treated area in 7-10 days and fall off. It will be dark in various colors depending on the color(s) of the original tattoo. It is very important not to pick or pull at the scab; this will increase the risk of scarring and prolong recovery.
IMPORTANT! After scab falls off you will begin the after care treatment provided. Apply 2-3 times daily for 2-3 weeks on the treated area. This will diminish the redness and assist in the skin’s natural healing process. It is very important not to scratch the treated area during the healing process or you may cause scarring.
Do not expose your healing skin to direct sun, tanning beds, saunas, salt water, or chlorinated pools for 2 to 4 weeks following your procedure.
DO NOT PICK, PEEL, OR SCRATCH the treated area as it could cause scarring or changes in the natural skin color. Removing the scab could also increase healing time. If the tattoo is located in a high friction area, or if you have a tendency to scratch, cover with a bandage. Do not shave over the treated area until all scabbing has healed.
If the area comes into contact with clothing causing irritation, cover as necessary as possible with a breathable dressing.
Once the scab begins to exfoliate off the area naturally, the skin will appear pink up to (1) year or longer following the process.
Bleeding and some slight bruising is expected the first day or two after the procedure.
Blisters are possible but rare do not pick at or pop blisters if they do occur.
If the removal is on the face, no makeup is to be applied for 72 hours (three days) after the procedure.
Long term Care:
It is best to moisturize the area overtime and protect it with SPF 30
The healing process between treatments is 8-12 weeks.
The shine on the new skin MUST disappear before the next treatment can be performed.
The outcome of tattoo lightening procedures is dictated by the canvas (your skin) as well as the implementation process and materials used in the original tattoo. Clients should have realistic expectations as Dermillusion may not be able to achieve the desired results for tattoo lightening immediately. The process can take multiple sessions.
Proper care following your procedure is necessary to achieve the best results. If during your healing process you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.