Pre Treatment Instructions for Laser Tattoo Removal

Pre Treatment Instructions

No sun exposure, tanning beds and sunless tanning cream for 2 weeks before treatment. Sun exposure decreases the effectiveness of the laser treatment and can increase the chance of post treatment complications.

Wear loose-fitting clothing over the area to be treated.

Avoid taking aspirin and ibuprofen: They may cause you to bruise after your treatment.

Topical creams that can cause or increase photosensitivity (i.e. Benzoyl Peroxide, Hydroxy Acid, Retinol, Salicylic Acid) should be avoided 7 days prior to treatment.

 Make sure the area to be treated is clean and free of lotions, perfumes, and cosmetics.

Avoid topical Retin-A, any acids (salicylic acid, glycolic acids), or any exfoliants for 3 days prior treatment.

If you are taking antibiotics for illness, treatment may resume 2 weeks after your course is finished.

Discuss and disclose any healing disorders such as diabetes mellitus, connective tissue disease or radiation/chemotherapy.

Discuss the history of any hypertrophic scarring or keloid formations or other skin diseases.

Discuss and disclose if there is an active infection or history of herpes simplex of the lips, mouth or face. Yag lasers can activate cold sores. There is a preventive prescription that can be taken prior, please call us if you do not have those from your health provider.

Discuss and disclose allergies to topical anesthetics.

Yag lasers cannot be used if pregnant or breast feeding.

Must be off Accutane for at least 12 months prior to treatment

Ensure you have a post laser balm such as Alastin Sooth and Protect Recovery Balm. This can be purchased on your appointment day or online. If you cannot get this, please prepare a thick skin protectant such as Aquaphor on hand.

Ensure you have clean beddings on the day of your treatment.