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The TEPR hand piece is similar to a tattoo machine. In a simplified explanation, the tattoo needle moves up and down very rapidly. In combination with the proprietary fluid, it removes the superficial (epidermis) and penetrates the middle layer (dermis) of the skin. This process creates a superficial abrasion that is only as only about as deep as the thickness of a dime. Properly and professionally done, trans-epidermal pigment release can cause minimal trauma to the skin and the healthy skin bridges minimize scarring. Depending on the individuals care and reaction to the process, it can take anywhere from 14 to 21 days for the initial scabs to come off and you will see fresh new skin.
The start of the healing process begins immediately after the procedure is finished and lasts anywhere from 8 weeks to 1 year.
1. Remove bandage as soon as you arrive home (no longer than 2 hours from completion).
2. Wash your hands with a mild, scent-free anti bacterial soap. Wash your treatment area in cold water with anti bacterial soap with your clean hands. DO NOT USE A WASH CLOTH OR SPONGE. Lather and rinse a couple of times until it is completely clean and no longer slick.
3. Pat dry with a clean towel or paper towel. AIR DRY FOR at least 15 minutes.
4. DO NOT BANDAGE
5. Expect the area to feel sore and look red for the first few days. The treated area will form small scabs, which will drop off after 14-21 days. As the scabs form, the treated area may begin to itch. This is a histamine reaction in the body; you can use a very small amount of hydrocortisone cream, or Benadryl ointment to reduce itching and any dryness you may experience. Once your scabs have fallen off we recommend putting lotion (Lotus Balm or Cocoa Butter) on the area and then an anti-scar treatment (ScarAway or Kela-cote) twice daily. All products may be found at your local drugstore or pharmacy.
AFTERCARE OF THE SKIN IS OF VITAL IMPORTANCE AND MUST BE FOLLOWED RIGIDLY TO ENSURE THE PIGMENTS ARE PROPERLY EXPELLED AND THE AREA HEALS PROPERLY. It will take some time for the skin to fully regain its normal pigment and to properly accept a tan. In the meantime you will have to look after your skin sensibly and follow the advice given by your technician.
DO Change the linens/sheets on your bed frequently if you have animals
DO wear loose clothing around the treatment area (repeated rubbing or friction will irritate your tattoo, it can cause some redness and swelling. FOOT AREA: Try to wear ballet flats instead of flip flops to prevent chafing.
DO Stay hydrated, drinking lots of water. Your skin is the largest organ in your body. Well hydrated skin helps heal faster.
DO call your technician with ANY CONCERNS
DO NOT SHARE OINTMENTS OR LOTIONS WITH ANYONE.
DO NOT over saturate with ointment…a little goes a long way.
DO NOT let household pets come in contact with the area… no licking or scratching
DO NOT expose to direct sunlight for 14 days. When the area has healed fully, use a total sun block product to prevent incorrect pigmentation of the treated skin.
DO NOT pull off clothing if it is stuck to the treated area…Wet the offending article of clothing and slowly slide off the area.
DO NOT submerge treated area in water. No Jacuzzi, bathtub, pool or ocean. Chemicals in pools and hot tubs are bad while still healing. Wait at least 14-21 days or until all scabs are gone. SHOWERS ARE FINE
DO NOT play contact sports or lay on gym mats etc.
DO NOT shave the tattooed area until all scabs are gone
DO NOT RUB, PICK or SCRATCH at the epithelial crust or scab. Correct formation of the scab is critical to the success of the removal process. The scab should be allowed to flake off on its own. There should be absolutely no scrubbing of the area or use of cleansing creams or chemicals.
YOUR TREATED AREA SHOULD HEAL IN 8 weeks; however it may take months for it to completely be restored to your natural skin tone. If you have any signs or symptoms develop such as: extreme redness at the site, green/yellow discharge (foul smelling), and/or fever; STOP using whatever lotion or ointment and contact your technician and/or physician. Some redness around the area is normal, especially if covered with clothing. Should you have any questions or problems please call us immediately.
This is a WOUND that MUST BE PROPERLY CARED FOR!
Some people are allergic to the ingredients in hand lotions and ointments. A reaction can appear as small pimples or redness around the tattoo area. Many times it is not infection but over saturation with ointment. Over-saturation can clog pores and increase buildup of skin cells and bacteria. If you have a medical condition or are aware if an allergic reaction, please notify your technician.