Years ago, getting rid of a tattoo was something that was close to impossible. Fortunately, the technology of laser tattoo removal was developed, so people can now remove any unwanted body art with relative ease. But, if you’re planning to undergo this procedure, take note that there are several things you should do to make the procedure as safe and successful as possible. Read on to learn about the preparations you should make as well as the steps you need to take after the procedure.


  • The most important issue to consider before proceeding with laser tattoo removal is knowing who will be performing your procedure and what type of equipment he or she will be using. Many people do not realize all practitioners and all lasers are not equivalent. At Shore Vascular & Vein Center, all laser tattoo removal procedures are performed by a Board Certified surgeon using the most advanced picosecond laser.
  • Be knowledgeable about laser tattoo removal. Do your research and don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have to your doctor or any other health professional. This way, you’ll know what to expect during and after the procedure and you’ll be more prepared for it. A truly concerned physician and his or her staff will take the time to answer all of your questions in detail and explain everything to your satisfaction.
  • Set your expectations. Remember that the success of the procedure depends on several factors, such as the size and location of the tattoo as well as the type of inks used. It will usually take several sessions before the tattoo lightens significantly. In some cases, it may not be 100 percent removed and may leave behind a slight ghost image. However, advanced laser tattoo removal tends to be very effective in removing most tattoos to individual’s satisfaction.
  • Avoid direct sun exposure, putting on self-tanners, and using tanning machine at least two weeks before your laser tattoo removal This does not mean that you can’t go outside! Simply keep in mind that it is best to perform laser treatment on skin that is not freshly tanned, so try to use good quality sunscreen if the area will be exposed to the sun. This is a good practice to remember in general, even if you are not planning to have a laser procedure.
  • On the day of your session, don’t put makeup or any other product on the area where your tattoo is located.
  • Shave the area (if you can) to remove hairs and increase the efficacy of the laser treatment.
  • Laser removal comes with tolerable pain, but you can ask your doctor if you can apply a topical pain reliever to minimize discomfort.


  • You might notice swelling, redness, blistering, and even slight bleeding at the site. This is a normal reaction and will heal completely within about a week or two of the treatment. Your doctor will instruct you on the specifics of how to care for the area as it is healing.
  • Keep the area clean. Once the irritation has subsided, wash the site with water and gentle soap to remove bacteria and prevent infection.
  • The treatment area may develop small scabs. Avoid picking on the scabs.
  • Avoid applying anything to the treated area without first consulting with your physician.
  • Avoid direct sun exposure to the area for a few weeks after your laser tattoo removal Use medical-grade sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun. As with all instructions, your doctor will explain everything. And, never hesitate to ask any questions that you may have.

Laser treatments can effectively lighten or even remove your tattoos. To ensure they’ll be successful, follow the steps above to make the right preparations and learn how to do proper aftercare. Visit us at for the most advanced Tattoo removal procedures. We proudly serve Atlantic County, Cape May County, Ocean County, Cumberland County, Camden County and all surrounding areas.


Jersey Shore Surgical Group Shore Vascular & Vein Center located in Somers Point, NJ is excited to announce a new accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in Vein Center in the area of Superficial Venous Treatment and Management.


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