Laser Tattoo Removal and Swimming

Some people come in to the office and ask about swimming during the tattoo removal process. There are no concerns with swimming before starting laser tattoo removal. It is completely safe. What is a concern is swimming after a treatment session. You should wait between three to four days after each of your laser tattoo removal session before you go swimming. It is not recommended to go swimming immediately after laser tattoo removal because the skin in the treated area is still recovering from the laser.

It is sensitive to the heat, sunlight, irritation, and infection.

Accordingly you should avoid putting the treated area in any water that could be too hot or dirty for the first few days after treatment. Stay away from water altogether except for baths and showers. This includes hot tubs, pools, lakes, rivers, and oceans because they can contain infection-causing bacteria. When you do take a bath or a shower, make sure that the water isn’t too hot and don’t let the shower beat directly on the treated area for very long. Both of these may cause irritation to the treated area.

If you happen to come in contact with dirty water, it’s not the end of the world. Just be sure to take action quickly. Wash the area thoroughly with antibacterial soap and clean water. Apply ointment and bandages if needed. If you notice any signs of an infection, contact your family doctor right away.

Oceans and public pools can be filled with all kinds of surprises. You just never know what you’re going to find in there. Avoid these bacteria-laden bodies of water as much as you can for the first several days after a laser removal sessions is your safest bet. By doing so, you will lower your risk of contracting an infection or the skin becoming irritated. We recognize that it may be difficult to resist the call of a cool swim on a hot summer day but the more you do, the better chance you have a staving off a possible infection and seeing better results during the tattoo removal process.

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