Preparation and Aftercare for your Xtract Tattoo removal

You will achieve much better results if you prepare your skin for your Xtract Removal procedure.

The area must be healthy, strong, non-sensitive and non-irritated.

Anticoagulants lengthen the time it takes your blood to clot. Anti-platelet drugs, such as aspirin and Ibuprofen prevent your blood from clotting, causing the treatment area to bleed more, a risk of over working the skin and will be less comfortable.

  • Do not drink alcohol 24 – 48 hours before your tattoo
  • Do not consume coffee before your procedure
  • Do not take any aspirin or ibuprofen for pain relief (this thins the blood)
  • Avoid oily fish, Garlic and herbal teas to avoid blood thinning

* Please check with your GP if you are on any medication that may cause blood thinning *

Here’s how to get your skin ready your procedure:

  • Exfoliate your brow area the night before your treatment to remove any dead skin which will help pigment retention.
  • Do not pluck, wax, thread or tint your brows for up to 3 days before your brow treatment (if applicable)
  • Do not tan two weeks prior or have sunburned face
  • Do not have any type of facial/peel 2 weeks prior to treatment(if applicable)
  • Discontinue Vitamin A/Retinol products one month prior to treatment (these treatments thin the skin considerably).
  • Do not work out the day of the procedure (excessive oils in the skin can prevent the pigment from retaining).
  • Do not have Botox 3 weeks prior (can effect symmetry).

Here’s how to get your skin ready your procedure:

To Minimise Discomfort:

  • Try to get a good night sleep before your treatment this will help you relax and make the treatment more comfortable.
  • Drink lots of water- before and during the session – this allows the skin to heal more easily, without thinning the blood.

On the day:

  • Have a good breakfast on the day of your treatment, this increases your stamina as treatments like tattoo removal burn a lot of calories.
  • Paracetamol reduces pain and helps reduce inflammation so if your worried take two before or after your treatment. Avoid Paracetamol and Ibuprofen as it can reduce inflammation and blood flow to the area which is what we want to increase for optimal healing.

Allergies

A variety of products will come into contact with the skin during the treatment including: baby wipes, cling film, nitrile gloves, numbing cream, along with the Xtract products. I have never seen an allergic reaction to any of these but please be prepared to declare all allergies before your treatment as I can then use an alternative product where possible.

Numbing Products

I use Pre-numb creams to ease any discomfort, this only lasts around 20-40 minutes. Soon after your procedure the area may feel sensitive or bruised it’s not recommended to take pain relief or apply an ice compression as we want to encourage blood flow to the area.

Other things to consider:

Product stains – I use protective hair nets and cover you and all my equipment and couch in tissue and protective film but occasionally tiny droplets of product could splash on clothing and may stain, I recommend wearing dark tops where possible.

I don’t have much space in my treatment room so please limit to 1 friend or family member joining you where possible. Due to the equipment I use and contaminated waste I don’t not allow children in my treatment room.

My treatment room is cleaned before and after every procedure I consider it a sterile environment so do not allow pets (other than Assistant Dogs for disabled).

After the treatment

You will have an open wound for a few days so you do not want to be out in public where there is a risk of getting an infection.

The first 2-3 weeks is critical for the healing and removal process. Keep the area(s) covered as much as possible with a thin layer of the Repair serum at all times. (Minimum of 2-3 x per day) This allows the serum to penetrate more deeply and keeps the cells more pliable, encouraging more ink to be released.

First 48 Hours:
During the first 48 hours keep the area(s) covered with Repair Serum and Tegaderm barrier film dressing. You should have a 48 hour review appointment booked to enable me to check the area and ensure it’s healing correctly.

If your skin becomes sensitive to the Tegaderm adhesive film dressing you may use a sterile non-stick or silicone bandage along with the Repair to keep it moist. Increase the application of the repair to 3-4 times per day. (There are opaque options to prevent see-through if you prefer).

It is critical to keep the area clean and dry, so intense physical activity, which can cause sweating or exposure to water must be avoided until the skin heals over or the scab falls off naturally (in approximately 2-3 weeks) Since water contains spores, Any contamination of water can cause:

  • The possibility of infection
  • Any scab to fall off before the new skin underneath has had a chance to re-form properly, which can cause scarring
  • Less ink removal

A scab will start to form in approximately 1-3 weeks depending on the size of treated area and how much it is covered.

It is critical to keep the wound covered for 2, preferably 3 weeks, during this time the chelation of the treated area will ooze and look different in colour. The ink chelation can have a yellow or greenish tint to it.

Only apply Repair serum, no makeup, lotion, ointment or any other topical products to the area until the skin is completely healed, or any scab has naturally fallen off.

Do not try to pick at the area or any scab as this can cause scarring and less ink removal.

Our aftercare products are critical to reduce the risk of scarring.

If an infection or adverse reaction occurs at the site of the treated area, contact your technician immediately and seek medical advice if necessary. Signs to look out for are expanding or travelling redness in the perimeter of the wound, increased heat and swelling. Some oozing and discolouration is expected in this process but look out for foul smell or a distinct change in the look of the fluid.

Additional Tips To Aid Fast Healing:

  • Use a fresh pillowcase
  • Let any scabbing or dry skin naturally exfoliate away. Picking can cause scarring or loss of pigment and patchy healed results.
  • No facials, Botox, chemical treatments or microdermabrasion for 4 weeks after treatment.
  • Avoid hot, sweaty exercise for at least one to two weeks
  • Avoid direct sun exposure or tanning for 4 weeks after procedure. SPF50 should be applied to the Procedure area to reduce the risk of Hyperpigmentation
  • Wear a hat when outdoors.
  • Avoid heavy sweating and long hot showers for the 21 healing days.
  • Avoid sleeping on the procedure area for the first 10 days
  • Avoid swimming, lakes, hot tubs until the skin is completely healed
  • Avoid topical makeup including sunscreen on the area until fully healed.
  • DO NOT rub, pick or scratch the treated area.

Showering:

Limit your showers to 5 minutes so you do not create too much steam. Keep your face out of the water if applicable while you wash your body, then, at the end of your shower, wash your hair. Avoid excessive rinsing and hot water on the treated area.

What to expect:

If the treated area is below the elbow or knee, elevate for 10 minutes every 2 hours for 3 days.

After the skin is healed over, and any scab has naturally fallen off, shield the area from the sun with Xtract Block. The sun can be very damaging to new skin.

Continue to apply the Repair Serum to the area at night along with the Silicone Bandage up to 6 weeks or longer.

After the removal process is complete the skin may appear pink for approximately 1-2 years.

REMEMBER: You are unable to donate blood for up to 12 months following Tattoo Removal Procedure