You’ve decided to get rid of that tattoo well it’s now time to learn how to prepare for your first laser tattoo removal session. To get the best possible results, there are some things you should do prior to your treatment and some activities to avoid. Mental preparation can be helpful, too, and should begin several weeks prior to your appointment, so be sure not to wait until the last minute to get the skin surrounding your unwanted ink ready for treatment.

Consider these tips below and get ready now….

Do Your Research
The first thing you should do to prepare for laser tattoo removal is to find a trustworthy laser clinic. There are many clinics out there that offer these services; however, make sure you check that the lasers they use are designed for tattoo removal.  We use the Quanta Q Plus C Evo from Italy  –  thanks to the wonderful team at Using the wrong laser can cause blistering, scarring, and permanent discolouration of the skin. Even though these medspas may seem appealing, as they’re usually cheaper, the lasers they use can never fully remove your tattoo and often do more damage than good.  We have more information about our Quanta laser right here

Stay Out of the Sun
We know a lot of our clients love the Gold Coast sun but you will need to take some time off while going through your laser tattoo removal process. Our licensed laser medical technician won’t be able to perform the treatment if the skin is sunburned or even tanned in some cases. This is due to the fact that the skin is more sensitive after being in the sun and may have adverse reactions to laser treatments. It’s recommended to stay out of the sun or keep the treated area covered when outside for two weeks prior to each laser session. Additionally, you will need to keep the area out of the sun for two weeks after your appointment while it is healing.

Know What to Expect
It’s important to manage your expectations when going through the tattoo removal process. Understand that it takes time and that there are a number of factors that contribute to how many laser treatments are needed to achieve complete removal. Most people require at least five sessions, but factors such as ink color, quality, location, and skin type can all impact that number. To get a better idea of how many laser treatments you will need, see a licensed medical laser technician for a consultation. While they won’t be able to know for sure until they see how the tattoo reacts to the first few treatments, they can give you a rough estimate.

Eat and Drink Plenty of Fluids
It’s important that you don’t show up to your laser tattoo removal appointment on an empty stomach, especially if you have a history of dizzy spells and fainting. Be sure to eat a regular meal and drink plenty of fluids beforehand. While treatments rarely last more than 20 minutes, depending on the size of your unwanted tattoo, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Ask If Numbing Options Are Offered
Even though laser tattoo removal is only mildly uncomfortable and is similar to the sensation of being tattooed, many patients prefer to reduce their discomfort with a numbing agent. The clinic may offer a cold compress, use a cryogenic cooling machine.   You can also order your own numbing cream at a local compounding chemist. If you would like further information on numbing creams drop us a message on our contact page.

Avoid Topical Creams and Cosmetics
Directly prior to your laser tattoo treatment, avoid using any lotions, perfumes, body sprays, concealers, or other alcohol-based topical products. These can have a negative effect on the skin during your appointment, causing mild burns, itching, and irritation. The best surface to work with is recently washed and freshly shaven, so keep that in mind before each of your laser sessions. If you choose to use a numbing cream, it’s OK to apply that, but be sure to inform your licensed laser medical technician. You will also want to avoid using the same products after your treatment until the area is no longer sensitive and has finished healing.

Wear Comfortable Clothing
If your unwanted tattoo is in an area that is usually covered by clothes, wear something loose and soft on the day of your laser appointment. The area tends to swell up a bit during laser removal, and while this side effect only lasts an hour or two, having to squeeze into tight jeans or a top made of rough material afterward will certainly cause discomfort. You may want to continue doing this for several days to give the skin room to breathe and allow it to properly heal.

Do Not Take Ibuprofen or Aspirin
Taking ibuprofen or aspirin prior to your laser tattoo removal appointment will cause excessive bruising surrounding the area being treated.


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