Immediately after your treatment:
To help alleviate the discomfort of swelling, you can place an ice pack wrapped in a clean towel on the treated area for 15 mins at a time.
For the next 2-4 weeks:
Avoid sun exposure. Use broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen 30+ SPF or higher. Reapply every 2 hours.
Avoid skin irritants (products containing retinol, tretinoin, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic/salicylic acids, astringents, etc.) until the skin is fully healed and all crusting has resolved.
The treated area should not be soaked or in prolonged contact with water—including swimming pools, baths, tubs, lakes, rivers, etc. You may shower two hours following the procedure using low water pressure, but avoid the strong spray of water directly hitting the treated area.
Exercise that causes excessive perspiration should be discontinued for at least 2-7 days after treatment, as it may disrupt the healing process.
Avoid trauma to the area for the first seven days after treatment. The treated area should be cared for delicately until healing is complete.
There may be “frosting” on the treated area. Redness and swelling are typical. Pinpoint bleeding may also occur.
Client wound care instructions
Dressing should be changed once a day or after a shower in the first 3 days of treatment. Always wash your hands with soap and water before cleaning the wound.
Carefully remove the dressing, gently cleanse with unscented soap and water, and pat dry with a clean towel.
Apply a thin layer of Aquaphor or Polysporin and cover with non-stick gauze and medical tape. Make sure it’s not too tight. Get help if the area is hard to reach. *Covering the treated area during those first three days will decrease the chances of infection and aid in healing.
Do not wear tight-fitting clothes that may rub on the treated area.
Do your best not to bump or stretch the treated area.
Don’t be alarmed if you experience blistering and scabbing. Both are common side effects of laser tattoo removal. Do not pick or scratch them.
Avoid scrubbing the area when in the shower.
ONLY TYLENOL (acetaminophen) SHOULD BE TAKEN FOR PAIN RELIEF.
If any of the following symptoms occur, contact a healthcare provider (Health Link 811):
- Bleeding that soaks the dressing or bleeding that occurs after the first 24hrs.
- Increased redness or swelling
- Uncomfortable blisters
- Yellowish or greenish drainage coming out of the wound
- Persistent pain that lasts more than 24hrs.
Contact the office at 403-986-9653 if you have any questions or concerns.
Labyrinth Laser laser technicians are certified laser technicians. They use the safest, most effective protocols for each patient and their unique skin type. However, to achieve the best results, it’s your responsibility to follow the post- treatment instructions.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call us during business hours or contact Health Link (811).