Tips for Minimizing Scarring After Removal
If you are planning to remove your tattoo via laser treatments, you probably should know what are the best ways to minimize scarring. Many different factors will determine whether or not your skin will return its original appearance after your tattoo has been removed.
However, there are some things that you can do on your own to help the healing process along. Here are some tips for minimizing scarring after removal.
1. Drink Lots of Water
Drinking lots of water before and after your tattoo removal can help you to recover faster from the procedure. Drinking water helps your body to flush out toxins, including tattoo ink particles.
2. Wear Sunscreen
While you should try to avoid the sun as much as possible by covering the area where your tattoo was removed, with certain tattoos this may be more difficult. As a result, you should make sure that you wear sunscreen every time you go out in the sun in order to block out harmful UVA and UVB rays. Use sunscreen that contains zinc or titanium dioxide with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher.
3. Stop Smoking
As tempting as it might be to smoke, you might want to consider stopping smoking before you undergo laser tattoo removal. According to a study published online in the American Medical Association’s Archives of Dermatology, the success of removing a tattoo after 10 treatments is reduced by 70% if you smoke! Cigarette smoking not only reduces blood flow, leaving your skin dry and discolored, it also depletes your skin of many important nutrients, including vitamin C, which helps to repair skin damage.
Smoking can also compromise your immune system, by preventing healing and making your body susceptible to illness. Therefore, if you want to achieve the best results from tattoo removal, it is in your best interest to quit the cigarettes completely or limit them as much as possible until you have fully healed.
4. Don’t Pick At Scabs and Blisters
Scabbing and blistering are normal occurrences as your skin heals. You should avoid picking at the scab or allowing the skin to be scrapped because this can cause scarring. Do not pop blisters. If you have a blister, you can use a blister ointment to get the blister to pop on its own naturally. Avoid shaving, as well, so that you do not inadvertently cause further injury the skin near where the scab or blister has formed.
5. Clean With Mild Soap and Water Everyday
To prevent infections which will result in scarring, you should make sure that you clean with mild soap and water twice per day. Always make sure that you pat the area dry gently with a paper towel. Never rub your skin because this can dislodge the scab that has formed, which will cause scarring.
You should also avoid letting high pressure water hit the area that is healing because this has the same effect as rubbing. Finally, you can prevent infections by making sure to change the bandage and dressing with each cleansing.
6. Take a Multivitamin
A good multivitamin that contains Vitamin E can boost your immune system and help with healing. By reducing your chances of developing an infection and providing the important nutrients that your skin needs to regenerate after laser tattoo removal, taking a multivitamin can improve the likelihood that there will be little to no scarring after your removal procedure.
As you can see good self-care and hygiene are the main ways to minimizing scarring after your laser tattoo removal procedure. Follow these tips, as well as, any specific instructions from your laser tattoo removal technician and you’ll be on your way to having beautiful skin again.