Pre & Postcare

PRE TREATMENT GUIDELINES

We are unable to treat you if:

  • Your tattoo is less than 3-4 months
  • You have had large amounts of exposure to the sun (sun tanning) or if you have had sun tanning Vitamin A injections within the last 6 months. Please not that you need to keep the treated area out of the sun for 6-8 weeks.
  • Have been treated with any other source than a Q-Switch Laser for at least 3-4 months
  • Have a red tattoo that has not healed or is causing an allergic response such as itching
  • Are on Roaccutane
  • You are currently pregnant or breast feeding
  • Are prone to keloid scarring

POST TREATMENT GUIDELINES

The following signs and symptoms are normal following laser treatment:

  • The treatment site appears unchanged or appears brighter.
  • The area appears red, white or pink.
  • The treatment site has pinpoint bleeding, blistering or red, yellow or clear discharge and swelling.
  • Blisters and itchiness.

DAY OF TREATMENT

    • A cool pack can be applied to the area after treatment. Alternate the compress on and off
      every 1 to 3 minutes as needed. DO NOT leave the cool pack on the treated area for more
      than 5 minutes at a time.
    • Natural Aloe Vera gel may be applied after treatment.
    • Limit any physical activity that results in perspiring post treatment.
    • Avoid hot steamy showers and harsh soaps/cleansers.
    • If the area is swollen elevate the treated area. This is especially important for tattoos on the

lower leg, ankle and feet.

DAYS AFTER TREATMENT

  • You may continue to apply a cool pack to the area if experiencing burning.
  • Moisturise using Vaseline or Aquaphor 3-4 times a day for the first 3 days after treatment to
    promote healing and reduce itching and irritation.
  • Use UVA/UVB sunscreen (at least SPF30) on the area and avoid sun exposure.
  • Continue to rest and elevate the area. Limit physical activities.
  • Avoid any over the counter anti-bacterial ointments or creams as they may cause allergy.
  • Avoid swimming pools, ocean, hot tub and other tub soaking procedures 5-7 days post
    treatment until healed.
  • Do not pop or pick blisters! These may take 1-2 weeks to resolve. Use a non-stick bandage to
    protect the blister if needed.
  • Do not pick or remove scabs or crusts that develop during the healing process as it may
    cause infection and scarring. Healing can take anywhere from 5-25 days. Infections are rare,
    however if you experience a foul odour, fever, red streaks from the area, yellow-green
    drainage and pain call us.

The next appointment should be booked in 6-12 weeks. It takes up to 4 weeks to break down the ink
so results are not immediate and every treatment will react differently.

Please contact us if you have any concerns.