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Tattoo removal -- After care and do's and don'ts to follow

Proper care is essential to prevent infections post tattoo removal.

Written by Bhavyajyoti Chilukoti |Published : November 15, 2017 1:27 PM IST

Tattoos continue to be in vogue; from religious symbols to names of lovers and relatives, to intricate designs of flowers and poetic verses. People get tattoos for many reasons, artistic freedom, to commemorate a personal experience or self-expression. However, sometimes patients come with a request for the opposite i.e. removal of piercings or tattoos from their body. Some professions such as the aviation industry, merchant navy, etc. do not allow their recruits to have any tattoos or piercings on their body. Hence, those with such marks or piercings on their body need to undergo cosmetic surgery to remove them. Read this before you remove a tattoo!

How do we cosmetically remove tattoos?

For tattoo removals, the options range from skin grafting to laser treatments. Laser treatments need to be done at three-week intervals, with about 5-6 sittings, these are generally safe. But following the right aftercare tips is the key. Dr Parag Telang, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon, SL Raheja Hospital- A Fortis Associate explains how to take care post-treatment.

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  • Proper care is essential to prevent infections, reduce the chances of change in skin texture and other side effects.
  • 24 hrs after getting piercings or tattoos done are crucial as redness, swelling or bruising occur. Apply a cold compress and keep that part of the body elevated to reduce the onset of inflammation.
  • Avoid hot showers, saunas and hot tubs.
  • Apply antiseptic ointments or powders as directed by the doctor.
  • Avoid venturing into the sea or swimming pools till the area heals as it can increase chances of infection due to salt and chlorine. Here's more on common tattoo mistakes.
  • Always keep the area clean and dry during the healing process. Wash the area with an anti-bacterial soap as advised.
  • Do not scratch or pop blisters; this can leave scars. Continue to apply topical antibiotics prescribed by the doctor.
  • Avoid shaving the particular area till it heals completely.
  • Drink sufficient amount of water and liquids to keep yourself hydrated, this is the best option for your skin.
  • Do not hesitate to consult your doctor if infection persists. Self-medication and treatment can only enhance the infection site. Here are 7 things your tattoo artist wants you to know.

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