How to Heal Blisters After Tattoo Laser Removal

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To heal a blister after tattoo laser removal, you'll want to first remember to protect it with a bandage. Effectively heal your blister with help from a practicing dermatologist in this free video on skin treatments.

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Hi, I'm Dr. Raphael Darvish, with Skinpeccable Dematology and Cosmetic Laser Center, here in Los Angeles, California. I'm here today to discuss with you how to treat blisters after laser tattoo removal. Tattoos are generally something that we're very excited to get when we get them, but five, 10 years, 20 years after the fact, maybe we're not so excited to still have 'em on our bodies, and laser tattoo removal is a wonderful way to eliminate those tattoos that you don't want anymore. Laser tattoo removal is generally done every few weeks, at times, multiple times, where probably around eight to 10 times to effectively remove that tattoo. A blister is a common endpoint for laser tattoo removal, and there's a few things that you need to keep in mind when you get that blister, to make sure that your cosmetic end result for the removal of your tattoo is as perfect as possible. So, firstly, you want to protect the blister. That is, put a bandage on the blister, put a Band-Aid on the blister, protect it so that if you hit it somewhere, it doesn't pop and it doesn't get irritated. Two is not to disturb the blister. You don't want to pop it with a needle or scratch it, or do anything to it. You just want to let it heal on its own. If it happens to pop on its own, then so be it, but definitely don't take a needle to it, or try to do anything to make that blister pop. Thirdly, you want to keep it out of the sun. The sun most definitely interacts with the inflammatory processes involved with the creation of the blister, and can cause a prolonged darkening of the skin underlying that blister or the skin in that area. So, sun avoidance is important, and if you happen to be in the sun, wearing very good sunscreen, a zinc or titanium-based sunscreen that is a minimum of SPF 30 is going to be most appropriate. And, lastly, you want to keep it clean. So, you want to wash it, maybe with some saltwater, a few tablespoons in a big bowl of warm water, and just kind of clean the area to make sure that, you know, there's no bacterial issues that show up, any kind of infections. I'm Dr. Raphael Darvish, and that's a brief overview of how to treat blisters after laser tattoo removal. Thank you very much.

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