How to Improve Recovery During the Tattoo Removal Process
Things change. Even things we thought to be permanent, like tattoos. Thankfully for you, tattoo removal can help you get rid of unwanted ink and regretful tattoos. However, it’s not just the laser tattoo removal process that does all the work; you and your body also play a role in recovery. Your dedication to recovery can impact how your body reacts to the laser and how quickly you can recover.
There are things you can do to enhance treatment and aid the recovery process when getting a tattoo removed:
#1 Avoid sun exposure
You probably expected this to be on the list, and rightfully so. Just like when you get a tattoo, it’s important to limit sun exposure. Keeping sun exposure to a minimum is very important during the tattoo removal process. Sun exposure can impact the effectiveness of the laser, and it can make the area more sensitive.
Even though it may be difficult to keep certain areas out of the sun (hands, arms, and neck area) it’s important to do your best to keep the affected area out of the sun. We recommend you protect it from the sun for at least two weeks after treatment.
#2 Get some rest
It’s important to ensure you are getting enough sleep in order to allow your body to help with the recovery process. Lack of sleep will not only make you feel lethargic, it makes you more susceptible to immune system breakdowns. When you sleep, your body repairs itself, fights off bacteria and the potential for infection in the area. Get some sleep!
#3 Double down on water consumption
What you drink and eat during recovery can help. In order for your immune system to stay strong and for your body to flush out toxins (broken down ink) and fight off infection, you need to keep hydrated and drink plenty of water. In addition to this, increasing the amount of immune system boosting foods and eating a healthy diet, especially those high in antioxidants, can help your body recover.
#4 Keep the recommended appointment schedule
You need to follow the recommended appointment schedule if you want to get your tattoo removed as quickly as possible. Many tattoos require a series of sessions for it to be completely removed. Following a regular schedule with enough time in between for your body to heal and break up ink particles is more important than most realize. Consistency is key!
#5 Follow our post-care instructions
We apply Aquaphor and gauze to the tattoo immediately after treatment to protect the skin. But this is not where the post-care stops.
We provide clear post-care instructions on how to care for the area after leaving the clinic. It is very important to keep the area free of infection, and our post-care instructions will outline everything you need to do. Following instructions is not optional. If followed correctly, it can help speed up the process.
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