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What You Need to Know Before Laser Tattoo Removal

Finally ready to say goodbye to that tattoo of your sorority letters? Laser tattoo removal is on the rise. But before you come in for your treatment, there are some important tips you need to know. Here, one of our star PA's Julie Zuckerman, shares her tips for the top 5 things to watch out before getting laser tattoo removal: Make sure to get a mole exam before tattoo removal The laser can change the surface and pigment of a mole, making a potential harmful mole look benign. Have an experienced dermatology provider do a mole exam before starting tattoo removal. Check to make sure there is no infection There should be no present infection or open areas (including abrasions or any open cuts) over the tattoo that is going to be treated. It is possible that the laser treatment may make the infection worse. Don't be shy about your allergies Make sure to tell your provider if you have any allergies and to do a test spot of any numbing cream. Numbing injections and cream contain ingredients which rarely cause an allergic reaction but it is important to let the provider know exactly which allergies you have and to do a test spot. Make sure you’re in good health and feeling okay The hardest part of tattoo removal is the healing after. Your body is going to work to get rid of the ink and eliminate it from the body. If the body is fighting other toxins or conditions it may take longer to heal or complications can arise. Wait until the cold has passes and then get a treatment. Shave first! If the tattoo is in an area where hair is present it is best to shave the area before treating the tattoo. The black pigment of hair is also picked up by the laser and it will give you that “burnt hair” smell. Shave to assure no damage is done to the hair follicle.
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