Your laser tattoo removal specialist will explain the recovery and aftercare process during treatment. But as a general guideline, for the first three days following laser tattoo removal treatment, patients are advised to drink lots of water. During this initial period, the treated area may appear whitened or red, tender and slightly swollen. Occasionally the skin may also form some slight grazing. In very few cases, the skin tone may lighten or darken, or slight blistering may occur. To protect against infection, the treated area should be covered by a dressing if any bleeding occurs. For the first two weeks following treatment (the drying out period) the skin must be allowed to heal naturally. The tattoo will gradually fade as the defence system of the body works on it. In the period of three to five weeks after treatment, to help the body’s natural processes disperse the ink, patients are advised to massage the treated area with aloe vera on a daily basis – following which the next laser tattoo removal treatment will be due or the overall course will come to an end. Over the long term, there is rarely any change in texture or scarring, although this is possible, particularly in cases where grazes and scabs are not left alone to heal. The treated area may also lose some of its natural ability to tan, but this normally returns in time.