Laser Tattoo Removal Aftercare and Preparation

Have you decided that your tattoo doesn’t represent who you are anymore? Laser tattoo removal is here to help!

Laser tattoo removal treatment happens over multiple sessions and your body and skin need to be healthy before starting each treatment. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! By following our laser tattoo removal pre and post-care guides you can ensure you achieve the best results from your treatment.

We are excited to help you on your ink removal journey – so let’s get started!

Laser Tattoo Removal Aftercare and Preparation

How to prepare for laser tattoo removal (pre-care)

Prior to your first laser tattoo removal session, it is important you take care of your skin and body so we can help you achieve the best results possible! Our 8-Step Guide will help you prepare for your ink removal journey.

  1. There are certain instances we may not be able to proceed with your laser tattoo removal. Please cross-check the list below and if any of them apply to you, please call your studio immediately. 
      • Pregnancy.
      • Breastfeeding.
      • Photosensitising medications (in the past four weeks).
      • Roaccutane or other prescribed acne medications (in the past six months).
      • Sun exposure or fake tan (in the past two weeks).
      • Bacterial or viral infection in the area to be treated. 
      • Pins or plates in the area to be treated.
  2. Apply SPF 50+ sunscreen daily two weeks prior to your appointment.
  3. Avoid sun exposure, sun beds and fake tan for two weeks prior to your appointment.
  4. Avoid any cosmetic treatments or products that may impair your skin barrier, such as laser or IPL hair reduction, plucking or waxing within the last 2 – 4 weeks.
  5. Avoid photo-sensitising medications for four weeks prior to your appointment. 
  6. Drink plenty of water to keep your body well hydrated to aid with the healing process.
  7. Wear comfortable clothes.
  8.  Do not apply any topical anesthetic or numbing agents prior to your appointment. Please speak to your technician beforehand if you’re wanting to use this.

How to care for your laser tattoo removal area (aftercare)

We want you to achieve the best possible results from your laser removal treatment. Our aftercare guide is an important step in your tattoo removal journey and must be followed closely. 


Sun exposure can severely damage the treated area, as it is still in the healing process. Risks include hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, skin discolouration, blisters, infections and scarring. Keep away from UV rays for a minimum of four weeks by wearing clothing that covers the area and applying SPF50+ regularly.

On the day

Apply a thin layer of over-the-counter antibacterial ointment or cream. Bepanthen is a common brand that is perfect for this step as it helps to prevent infection, makes the skin less itchy and keeps the area moisturised which will increase healing potential. Cover with a gauze dressing.

1 – 5 days

  • Every day for the five days post-treatment, apply a fresh thin layer of over-the-counter antibacterial ointment (Bepanthen) and cover it with a gauze dressing. 
  • Keep the area covered until healed.
  • Avoid getting the treated area wet. No swimming or hot tubs for at least 48 hours post-treatment.
  • Avoid exercise and heat-inducing activities for the first 24 hours.
  • Avoid alcohol, smoking and vaping.
  • If you experience serious pain or swelling speak to your laser tattoo removal technician or seek medical advice.

5 – 30 days

  • Continue to avoid sun exposure and ensure you are wearing protective clothing and SPF 50+ daily. 
  • Drink plenty of fluids to enhance the healing process. 

What to expect: Minor side effects such as scabbing and light inflammation can be common after your laser tattoo removal session. Blistering can occur, however, please never pop or pick at your blisters as this may damage the skin. 

 Please remember that we are here to help! If at any time you are concerned about the healing process, please contact your local studio for support. 

Laser Tattoo Aftercare FAQ's

Does laser tattoo removal hurt?

Yes, laser tattoo removal hurts. But just like getting a tattoo, it all depends on your level of pain tolerance. Although, laser tattoo removal sessions generally don’t take as long as tattoo sessions, so you won’t be in the chair for the same amount of time.

Does laser tattoo removal leave scars?

When done correctly laser tattoo removal will not leave a scar. In saying that, scarring can occur in rare instances as everyone’s skin can react differently to the treatment. Blisters and scabs are common side effects of tattoo removal and are completely normal. Picking at the scabs or blisters may lead to scarring though. It’s important to follow our laser tattoo removal aftercare guide to give your skin the best chance at healing.

How many laser tattoo removal sessions are needed?

Because every tattoo is unique the number of sessions required to remove a tattoo with laser tattoo removal can vary. Generally, around four sessions are required to fade a tattoo enough to cover up with another tattoo and approximately 10 sessions are needed to completely remove your tattoo. We recommend talking to your laser tattoo removal specialist at Celebrity Ink about the removal process for you.

How long after laser tattoo removal can you get tattooed?

You need to wait at least six weeks so your skin can heal before getting a new tattoo in the treated area.

Can you get laser tattoo removal while pregnant?

For the safety of you and your baby, we recommend you wait until after pregnancy to begin your laser tattoo removal.

Can you shower after laser tattoo removal?

Yes, you can shower after getting laser tattoo removal treatment. It is recommended that you wait at least two hours before doing so and that you avoid very hot water or high-pressure water hitting the treated area. It is also recommended that you refrain from swimming or soaking in baths/hot tubs for at least 48 hours post-treatment.

Can you use numbing cream before laser tattoo removal?

If you are concerned about the pain associated with laser tattoo removal chat with your laser tattoo removal technician before buying and applying tattoo numbing cream.