Laser Treatment Aftercare Instructions
When the ink or discolored skin pigment breaks up into small particles from your laser treatment, it will most likely cause a superficial burn wound. Immediately after the treatment, there will likely be whitening of the area which usually lasts for several minutes. Some people may experience bruising, swelling, and/or pinpoint bleeding. Some clients may develop blisters, crusts, or scabs within 12-72 hours, which may last for 1-2 weeks or more. The treated areas may be pink or pale after the scab separates. Loss of skin pigment in the treated area is common, and is usually temporary. Healing is usually complete by 5-8 weeks, although this may vary.
Post Laser Treatment Instructions:
- Removing the heat from the treated area as soon as possible is recommended. Applying a cool compress of the area after the treatment will reduce discomfort, inflammation, and improve desired results.
- You may take Tylenol to help with discomfort. Please avoid aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen because they may increase the risk of bruising and/or bleeding.
- Avoid direct sunlight for the first 72 hours. Keep the treated area clean while it is healing. Avoid soaking in hot tubs, pool water, saunas, and steam rooms until the area is healed.
- Clean the area gently with soap and water, then gently pat the area dry.
- For the first 36 hours, use a Burn jel, or Aloe Vera to allow the heat to escape. This is best to be applied hourly or often as possible in the first 24-hour period.
- Do NOT use anything with vitamin E, oil based lotions, or ointments such as Neosporin, A&D, Aquaphor, Vaseline, coconut oil, etc. for the first 36 hours, as that will keep the heat locked in and may cause blisters.
- After the first few days, it will start to get itchy and dry. At that time, you are more than welcome to use any of the above moisturizers to keep the skin hydrated and comfortable.
- Remember some scabbing, blistering, light bleeding and itching may occur after treatment. Redness may last up to 10 days. If you do blister, apply a natural aloe. Do not pop blisters. Do not apply the Burn Gel to open blisters or broken skin, use natural aloe.
- Do not pick at the scabs or allow the skin to become scraped, as this may result in infection and scarring.
- After the initial heat of the treated area has subsided (normally after 72 hours) and scabbing and itching occurs, it is ok to use a Neosporin or Vitamin E oil to help aid in the skin healing process.
- Shaving should be avoided in the treated area until it is completely healed (5-10 days).
- For the next 1-2 weeks avoid direct sun exposure. Wear a broad-spectrum sunblock with an SPF25 or higher over the area for 3 months following the treatment.
- Eyebrow tattoos- post treatment swelling to the eyebrows often can cause swelling to the upper orbital portion of the eye 12-72 hours afterwards
- No active tan, self-tanner, bronzers or spray tan 4-6 weeks before, and wait 2 full weeks after your treatment before applying as well. Try and keep
- Massaging the treated area 5-10 minutes daily after the area has healed (5-10 days).
- It is going to itch as it heals… DO NOT SCRATCH!
- Remember to drink lots of water.
How to treat blisters:
Most blisters do not require a doctor’s care. New skin will form underneath the affected area and the fluid is simply absorbed. Do not puncture a blister unless it is large, painful, or likely to be further irritated. The outer skin of a blister acts as a protective cover. The fluid filled blister keeps the underlying skin clean, which prevents infection and promotes healing.
If you need to drain a blister:
- use a sterilized needle
- wash your hands and the treated area thoroughly
- pierce the base of the blister and allow the blister to drain on its own (if the fluid is white or yellow your blister may be infected and we recommend calling us).
- do not remove the skin over a broken blister as the new skin underneath needs its protective cover
- apply a natural aloe to the area
- continue to keep the area clean and monitor the area for signs of infection
NOTE: If the area looks infected (honey-colored crusting and oozing or spreading redness), if you experiencing any unusual discomfort or bleeding, or if any other complications develop, contact the office immediately and our practitioners will be available for you.
If you have an extreme reaction, such as moderate to severe facial swelling, moderate to severe rash, any difficulty breathing, or you are in any distress call 911 and go to the emergency department.
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