Monthly Archives: February 2020

Feb 18

Swelling after Laser Tattoo Removal

We do see swelling /oedema as a normal side-effect to Laser Tattoo Removal. It is fairly instant and can subside just as quickly however it can be more extreme and longer lasting, depending on design and on location. For extremities we recommend elevation whenever possible to reduce this. This is also why we don’t recommend treating large circumferential tattoos without a gap of 7 days. Equally if there is a lot of ink in the design (eg a full sleeve) we will treat the tattoo over a number of different sessions. At LaserYou, we clearly mark out the area to be treated with a white pencil (we use white as the laser does not react to white) and we also take photos of the area to clearly identify the area treated. Note: blistering is also a common side effect to laser.

If you are ever concerned about your treatment and aftercare, do consult with a medical professional. At LaserYou, our technicians are trained medical professionals. Remember it is not just the treatment which matters, it is also the aftercare.

Feb 10

Muslims and Tattoos

Permanent tattoos are frowned upon in the mainstream Muslim community, though there is no direct mention of tattoos in the Quran. Most believe it is a sin because it means altering the body that God gave them and in addition, it involves unnecessary pain by pricking the skin with a needle and placing different dyes to penetrate the skin and remain there permanently. This is considered Haram or forbidden in Islam.

Some argue that tattoos can prevent the validity of prayer and other religious rituals. Some believe that if the body is dirty, the mind can be dirty as well. The religious stigma associated with tattooing is becoming less, but in some, this is still strongly disapproved. The general consensus seems to be that the tattoos are not allowed in Islam -that of course does not stop you getting one! Ultimately, if as a Muslim, getting a tattoo has caused you regret then laser tattoo removal may be your best option!

Wikipedia covers the subject of Islam and Tattoos in great depth – a very interesting read.

Religion, culture and tattoos will forever be at conflict – so it will always come down to personal choice.  Read some stories here.