Blisters commonly occur after laser tattoo removal. This is normal and is your body's way of reacting to the damage of the laser. These blisters will most likely heal within a week or two. Although they will eventually heal on their own, blisters can be very painful. Taking action with a few household items will speed up the healing process.
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Things you need
- Aloe vera
- Loose bandage dressings
Avoid breaking blisters to speed up healing. Cover a blister such as one on your foot with a band aid while wearing shoes to help protect the blister's surface. If the blister does end up breaking, a scab will form. Don't pick or remove the scabs or the healing process will take much longer.
Clean your blisters once a day with salt water until they are healed. Mix 3 tbsp of salt into a large bowl of warm water. If the blisters are on an area of your body that can easily be submerged into the bowl of salt water, leave the blistered area fully submerged in the salt water for approximately five minutes. Or, fully submerge a clean washcloth into the bowl of salt water and lay the washcloth over the blistered area for approximately five minutes. After you have successfully cleaned your blisters, pat them dry with a clean towel.
Apply Preparation-H over the entire surface of your blisters and cover them with loose bandaging to hold in the medication and moisture. Preparation-H is an over-the-counter haemorrhoid cream that can be used to reduce the swelling within blisters.
Applying aloe to your blistered area 3 to 5 times daily during the healing process will ensure your blisters heal more effectively. In addition, aloe vera has a cooling effect that will ease pain along with preventing further irritation and swelling caused by everyday life.
Tips and warnings
- Always make sure to use any medicated ointments that your doctor may have prescribed to you following your laser removal treatment.