Cover the treatment area with a sterile compress. It is recommended to apply a lubricating gel, such as Aquaphor on the sterile compress. This gel will help avoid removal of the scab formation when you change the sterile compress and dressing. A dressing should be applied and secured to the treatment area.
The goal in the days following has two parts:
- Boost the formation of a scab necessary to reject the ink.
- Protect the scabs to complete the rejection process..
1st WEEK POST TREATMENT:
In the weeks following the treatment, each day the patient should pay closed attention to and care for the treated area. Post care: post-treatment cream, a sterile compress and dressing should be replaced once or twice a day.
The patient can wash himself/herself and take his/her shower in normal way. However, he/she must be very careful not to expose the treated area to the water stream. Baths should be avoided. During the post-treatment weeks, the patient must avoid scratching or rubbing the treated area. For the treatment to be successful, it is essential that the scab is preserved and protected from any external irritation. Avoid exposure to the sun and intense light during the entire healing phase.
THE 2nd - 4th WEEK OF POST TREATMENT:
The recommended care for the first week of treatment should be extended during the entire scab formation phase. The scab should reach maturity and fall off on its own after 2-3 weeks. When the scab is gone, the patient is to begin the second phase of care. The goal is to heal the treated area. To do so, the patient must protect the area with an applied silicone topical (Scar Away) or dressing, such as a hydrocolloid dressing. This is intended to improve the healing and return the skin to it’s the natural color and the pigmentation homogenisation. Stop the post-treatment cream progressively and begin use of silicone applications when the scab fall off. A transition phase can last between 2 and 5 days before transitioning from the post-treatment cream and silicone application.
** The last weeks are dedicated to repairing the skin and returning it to its original state prior to the tattoo. Once the patient's skin color has retuned, that is an indication that it is time to conduct the second tattoo removal session.
- The same treatment protocol is to be followed as it was in the first session.
- The end of each treatment is indicated by the return to the skin's natural color (typically after 6-8 weeks based on properly following protocol and a patient's healing abilities)*.
- Depending on the tattoo and the skin type, it can be necessary to do 3-5 sessions to remove an entire tattoo.*