If you have had tattoo removal before, you know that aftercare is of utmost importance. Just as important is proper preparation. Follow these tips before your laser appointment for the best results.

Avoid Sunlight, Tanning Booths and Spray TansWear sunscreen when outside and avoid any type of activity that will darken your skin in the weeks prior to the procedure. While darker skin looks great, you can end up with hypo-pigmentation and have a greater risk of infection.

Be Honest About Your Medicationsif you have been ill recently and have taken antibiotics, wait at least 14 days before starting a laser removal procedure. Other medicines can also have negative side effects when undergoing laser treatments, so tell your technicians about all medications. Even taking aspirin and ibuprofen can cause bruising following treatment.

If You Smoke, QuitIf you are a smoker, try to quit at least six weeks before treatment. Smoking reduces your chances of healing well from any type of procedure.

Topical Removal Creams? Absolutely Not!If you think you’ll help ease your technician’s job by using them, think again. You can actually harm your skin. You’ll also have to wait another six weeks following the last usage.

Speaking of Waiting Six WeeksIf you immediately regret getting your tattoo, you can’t come in the next day to have it removed. Six weeks is also the amount of time you’ll have to wait after getting fresh ink to start the Wisconsin tattoo removal process.

Make Sure You Eat and Drink FluidsDon’t arrive for your appointment on an empty stomach as some clients become light-headed during the laser removal process. Eat at least a snack or, better yet, have a light meal. Make sure you have also had plenty of water.

Wear Loose ClothingDon’t wear tight clothing over the area to be treated as tight clothes can cause irritation following the procedure.

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