5 Ways to Speed Up the Tattoo Removal Process By James E. Murphy, MD on February 01, 2018

Removal — Removing Tattoo on Girls Shoulder in Reno, NVAs you undergo laser tattoo removal, you are going to face a long and enduring recovery process. After all, the entire process could take weeks or even months of treatment sessions. Still, the entire process is well worth your time, effort, and pain when you are left with gorgeous skin.

Laser sessions are not the only thing you will need to endure to remove your unwanted tattoo. You will also have to face weeks of recovery time. However, following the steps in this blog will help keep your recovery process moving smoothly.

1. Stay Out of the Sun

Spending time out in the sun increases the amount of melanin in your skin. When you are having a tattoo removed, high amounts of melanin in your skin is not beneficial because melanin can prevent the breakdown of the pigment from the tattoo.

Sunlight can also have detrimental effects on your skin, like drying it out. If you want soft and supple skin that responds well to treatment, wear a lot of sunscreen and avoid outings without adequate skin covering. Ultimately, you should stay out of the sun for at least six weeks following a tattoo removal session.

2. Boost Your Immune System

Giving your body the immune system boost it needs will help you recover well from the laser sessions. Exercise is amazing for your immune system because exercise encourages your cells to attack foreign bodies, including the tattoo ink you are trying to get rid of.

Getting enough sleep is also essential for healing. When you have an adequate amount of sleep, you are more capable of fighting off bacteria and infection. In order to get enough sleep, avoid drinking caffeine or smoking nicotine before you go to bed. You should also turn off your electronics to create a better environment for sleep.

In general, smoking is terrible for your immune system. In fact, smoking may significantly reduce the success of the tattoo removal treatments. You should also try to reduce your stress levels as much as possible. Spend time unwinding at the end of the day, or participate in an enjoyable activity that prevents you from feeling stressed out.

3. Improve Your Diet and Hydration

One of the best things you can do to recover quickly is drink much more water to stay decently hydrated. Water allows your kidneys to function better, flushing out toxins and carrying white blood cells throughout the body more efficiently. This process also allows for the better breakdown of tattoo ink.

Certain foods are known for being linked to immunity-boosting properties. For instance, barley and oats are associated with antioxidants. And almonds contain a high amount of Vitamin E, which is also great for your skin.

4. Avoid Infection

Always take steps to avoid infection after you have a laser tattoo treatment. First, wash your hands regularly and thoroughly. However, no matter how often you wash your hands, you do not want to touch or scratch the treatment area.

If you have blisters over the tattooed area following treatment, act with care. Your doctor may offer instructions on how to respond to blisters, which are not uncommon after laser treatment.

5. Listen to Your Doctor's Instructions

Your tattoo removal professional will present you with aftercare instructions, typically in writing. These instructions are important and will help you heal properly. For instance, your doctor might recommend wearing loose-fitting clothing as tight clothing may irritate the tattooed area or even cause infection.

At Murphy Tattoo Removal, we pay close attention to your needs. We understand that you have an important reason to consider removing your tattoo and want to leave you with lovely, fresh skin that you are proud of. Contact us for more information about tattoo removal.

Dr. James Murphy

Murphy Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa

Dr. James Murphy is a highly trained, board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who has been in practice 25 years. He serves patients throughout Reno and Lake Tahoe and is affiliated with several prestigious organizations, including: 

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons 
  • American College of Surgeons 
  • American Medical Association 
  • Reno Surgical Society

Schedule your consultation today by contacting us online or call (775) 322-3446. Se habla español. If you would like to text us during business hours, we can respond via text to you. You can also send pictures to us with questions.

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