How to Heal Blisters after Neck Tattoo Removal

How to Heal Blisters after Neck Tattoo Removal
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One of the questions we’ve gotten through our contact form is about laser hair removal. Jackie from Maryland wanted to know how one can heal the blister that form after removing tattoos. For this answer, we’ve consulted Jack Mesh, a staff at a leading laser tattoo removal parlor to shed more light on the subject.

Take it over, Mesh.

Hey guys,

Neck tattoo removal treatments normally leave you with blisters which you can treat by applying hydrocortisone cream or taking ibuprofen, just like you would do with sunburn. With special care, blisters should heal eventually and disappear on their own.

When laser tattooing is executed properly, you are bound to get blisters approximately eights hours after treatment. You have up to a month before the blisters can completely heal.  Proper care and hygiene is essential for the weeks following your treatment. The good news is that these blisters are normally not deep and do not leave you with scars.

The following steps describe how you would heal blisters after a laser tattoo removal:

The healing process begins right after the laser tattoo specialist finishes tattooing. In our laser tattoo removal clinic we cover your neck (tattooed area) with protective ointment or petroleum jelly then cover with plastic pad or wrap. If plastic pad is used, you should leave it for at least four hours and overnight for a plastic wrap.

Bandage Blisters

Do not cover unbroken blisters: in case they break, cover with a loose bandage. Allow the bandage to hang a few millimeters over the wound for aeration and to prevent particulate matter from coming into contact with the blister. Keep the blisters bandaged for at least three days after tattoo removal.

Remove the bandage after three days to allow the blisters dry. In case of itching, apply hydrocortisone.

Apply Antibiotic Daily

Antibiotics are good at preventing infection and should be applied on the blisters two times a day. Remember to change the bandage every after you apply antibiotic.


  • Avoid touching or rubbing the blister often
  • Clean your hands well before applying antibiotic
  • Keep the treated area (neck) clean by washing with mild soap and clean water

Watch Out For Infection Signs

If you notice swelling, redness or pain on your neck and pus from the blister, consult your doctor immediately. Factors that are likely to increase blistering and cause additional infection include: part of the body being tattooed, amount of ink in the tattoo, colors used and skin type (light skin is susceptible to increased blistering). Otherwise, we can offer you safe and affordable tattoo removal services.

Tip: always keep away from the sun during the healing process. Do not go into swimming pools or hot bath tubs. If the tattoo comes into contact with contaminated surfaces, you could develop MRSA (Methicilin resistant Staphylococcus aureus), a severe staph infection.

When healing blisters from neck tattoo treatment, it is important that you follow instructions from your laser tattoo specialist or doctor carefully. Again, don’t bother yourself so much, blisters heal easily by themselves, just do your part and let your body do the rest.


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