Saline Tattoo Removal Healing & Aftercare Instructions

Botched Ink Aftercare

These aftercare instructions are specific to treatments using Botched Ink saline tattoo removal lightening serum. Please DO NOT follow this advice if your technician used salt and saline or any other brand of saline tattoo removal solution

First 48 hours:

  • Any redness surrounding the treated area subsides within an hour or two

  • Redness within the treated area becomes brown as the skin dries out

  • The treated area must be allowed to fully dry out over the next 48 hours

  • For most people the area is touch dry within the first few hours

  • Only touch with very clean hands, ideally no touching for 48 hours

  • If the skin is not allowed to dry out quickly you will not get the best results

  • Saline wound care wipes can be used to gently remove excess oil i.e. for scalp tattoo

  • Do not use any other aftercare products during this initial drying out phase

  • Do not the area wet or sweaty for 48 hours

  • For lip liner treatments, during this phase keep movements small and to a minimum

After 48 hours:

  • The treated area is now very dry, and a light scab will have formed

  • You may see pigment visible in the scab

  • ONE SINGLE APPLICATION of Cavilon barrier cream on and slightly around the scab

  • This single application will last for 3 to 4 days, leaving a soft film over the scab

  • You can get the area a little wet when washing and showering, avoid rubbing the area

  • After any wetness, gently hold a clean tissue on the scab to dry it out

  • No excessive wetting the area, no swimming etc while the scab is on

  • Depending on the area treated, the scab will remain firmly attached for 5 to 14 days

  • Excessive movements are likely to crack the scab, which is not ideal for easy healing

  • Do not attempt to remove the scab before it naturally heals away from the treated area

  • For eyebrows, the scab might be held in eyebrow hair until gently removed

  • At no time can you pick off attached scabs, you will cause unwanted results

Skin prone to hyperpigmentation:

  • For those prone to hyperpigmentation, follow ‘First 48 hours’ advice. After 48 hours the scab and surrounding skin must NOT be allowed to dry out or hyperpigmentation can occur. Re-apply Cavilon cream every 2 or 3 days until skin until skin returns to a normal colour 

After the scab heals off:

  • The pigment may look visibly lighter or different for the first 1-8 weeks

  • These are not considered results, it’s your skin healing and the remaining pigment settling

  • Can begin using makeup on the area if desired

  • Treat the area gently, no exfoliating or excessive sun exposure

  • The second treatment can be carried out after 8 weeks

  • Treatment cycle is 8 weeks, 8 weeks, 12 weeks and repeated as required

  • We leave a longer time if the skin has not returned to a normal colour

The Removal Process:

  • Removing, improving or lightening pigment is a process which may take several sessions

  • Mature or saturated tattoos may initially respond slowly

  • After 3 treatments we’ll have a better idea how easily the pigment is removing

  • Pigment may look darker before it gets lighter, especially if was implanted deeply

  • Pigment that’s closer to the surface removes easier

  • Brown pigment is made up of black, white, yellow, red and green

  • Black pigment usually removes first, making other colours more visible

  • Grey brows may look browner, or warmer colours may begin to show 

Tattoo removal is a process with many variables, therefore how much pigment is removed during each visit, or how many visits are needed, cannot be known or guaranteed

Failure to follow these aftercare instructions may reduce the effect of the treatment and may result in undesired problems such as hyperpigmentation, scarring or infection. In the unlikely event of an infection, your technician cannot give medical advice, so immediately seek attention from a GP Doctor or pharmacist

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