Jul 09

Safety and Laser Treatment

Safety in Laser Treatment is so important.

 A new client expressed surprise when we asked her to wear safety goggles while undergoing laser treatment for tattoo removal. She explained that at her previous clinic she was only offered a blindfold to cover her eyes while the laser was being used! This is probably one of the more shocking stories we have heard. A laser machine is a high-tech, high powered piece of equipment which needs to be taken seriously and professionally. The direct beam and reflections from the laser can cause serious damage to the retina of the unprotected eye. Damage to the eye can occur from exposure to laser which could cause retinal burns and impair the vision.

Protective eyewear must supplied by the clinic and used by everyone in the laser room. For this reason we have strict rules at LaserYou. We do not allow children into the lasering while the laser is being operated. In addition everyone in the later room has to wear safety goggles while the laser is in operation.

It is not enough to simply wear UV sunglasses. The laser goggles must be must be compliant with the laser machine and CE marked in order to provide protection against accidental exposure to the Laser. At LaserYou, our safety goggles are supplied by the manufacturer and fully safety compliant for use.
Always check if your clinic / laser technician are safety compliant. Ask them if they provide safety goggles which are compliant with laser machine for laser tattoo removal.

Jun 25

Diabetics and Tattoo Removal

Diabetics will most likely experience issues with healing post tattoo removal. For this reason, treating a diabetic patient is classed as a (strong) cautionary. As the condition of diabetics vary, we assess each client on a case by case basis taking into account the following: if the patient’s condition is well-controlled, healing ability and propensity to develop infection. We also need to consider the location and style of tattoo. Diabetic patients should ideally consult their GP first and get approval for treatment in writing. As a further precaution at www.laseryou.co.uk we may then refer the patient’s case to our insurers. Treating a diabetic patient with Type 1 diabetes is less likely to be approved for tattoo removal.

May 31

Extreme Measures for Tattoo Removal

Of course at the time you get a tattoo, you know it is for life and that it is the right decision at the time. However things don’t always turn out the way you expect. Take Melanie B from the Spice Girls. On a recent Piers Morgan show, she revealed that she resorted to drastic measures to remove her tattoo – the name of her ex spouse. She chose to have the tattoo surgically removed – she wanted the tattoo removed immediately.  It is believed that she stored the cut out tattoo in a glass jar! Of course this is a desperate measure. Not something we would recommend at LaserYou given the complications of infection and scarring. 

It is well excepted that laser tattoo removal even though it is the most advanced method for removing tattoos, is a process. It can take up about two years to remove a tattoo given that the treatment is eight weeks apart. (Please note having more regular treatment will not produce any faster results). However it is recognised as being the safe method for tattoo removal when performed by a trained, qualified and insured technician.

Patience and perseverance is the key. After all good things come to those who wait.

May 30

I just want a cover-up. Can your laser tattoo removal work for me?

Many clients do not want to remove their tattoo completely. Instead they are simply looking to lighten the tattoo enough to get it to a stage where it can be covered up.

It is quite possible to achieve a faded tattoo with a laser machine. At LaserYou we use the PicoSure laser which uses the most advanced technology for tattoo removal.  The laser machine works by gradually breaking down the ink blocks which are otherwise resistant to change. It will take years, decades and possibly more than a lifetime to fade a tattoo depending on the type of ink used. That is why a laser machine is the optimum choice for tattoo removal. As the treatments are every eight weeks, the process is a gradual one. Therefore typically clients will see gradual fading of the tattoo ink. Depending on the type and depth of ink, the time it takes to fade a tattoo does vary. Black ink is certainly the easiest colour to break down.

 If you are looking to fade your tattoo, you would simply need to monitor the fading every eight weeks until you get to a stage where your tattoo artist can effectively enable a cover-up on the existing tattoo.

May 24

Removing the Ink from a Head Tattoo

Tattooing the head is fast becoming a choice for men loosing their hair. 
Where traditional tattoo ink has been used to apply colour to the scalp, we can use the PicoSure laser on that area. One of our clients at LaserYou no longer wanted the colour on his scalp as the colour had changed.
Please note using a laser machine on the head can temporarily affect the hair growth within that area – although it is very low risk; The pulse duration is in fact far too short to create a thermal effect required to reduce hair growth in the long term. Contact us for professional advice on tattoo removal.

May 21

Radiation Tattoos

Cancer patients who are undergoing radiotherapy treatment will often be tattooed so that the treatment can be targeted to a certain area. Typically 1-5 dots are tattooed onto the area. The mark are used to help align the radiotherapy laser. These pinpoint dots are tattooed in the same way as a traditional tattoo And are therefore permanent. Of course it is a matter of choice to either keep or the movies. At LaserYou we will remove the radiation tattoos for free.

The PicoSure laser can indeed be used to remove radiation tattoos after all the Radiation Tattoos are not applied any differently to traditional tattoos. We must ensure it has been 24 months since the patient received their last radiotherapy or chemotherapy. We will also need a letter from their oncologist to confirm these dates and to ensure the doctor is happy they can go ahead with the removal process.

May 20

How can I speed up the Tattoo Removal Process ?

The PicoSure laser works to break down the ink and then it is up to your body to eliminate the ink. This is why it is important for your lymphatic and circulation system to be functioning optimally. Although there haven’t been any comprehensive studies, it is generally accepted that a healthy lifestyle will help with the tattoo removal process (both in terms of healing and fading).

A healthy lifestyle to benefit tattoo removal would include:

  • Regular, moderate exercise (not in the first few days of recovery but post treatment)

A varied and balanced diet

  • Plenty of water 
  • Minimal alcohol 
  • Quitting or at the very least reducing smoking
  • Getting adequate sleep
  • Reducing stress 

At LaserYou not recommend specific exercises or foods and supplements as there haven’t  been any studies to support this. However anything from yoga to  healthy diet can help .

It is also thought that massage could be useful in stimulating circulation, particularly if the tattoo is fading slowly or at the end of an extremity. You must wait for the tattoo to be fully healed and you could consider a full body massage rather than just around the tattoo. In the same theory, dry body brushing may also help. The above are just suggestions so please take medical advice if you are uncertain.

Please do consult your doctor if you feel your immune system is not functioning efficiently.

May 19

Will the PicoSure work for all Tattoo Removal?

There are exceptions. At LaserYou there are certain tattoos which we will not treat due to the higher risk of contraindications.

Semipermanent Make Up on Eyebrows / Lips.

Unfortunately there is a higher risk of oxidisation (colour change) when a laser is used on semi-permanent make up. In essence this could make the area appear worse aesthetically. . Cosmetic tattoos have amounts of iron oxides, titanium dioxide or zinc oxide to provide the colour. This is what oxidises when hit with the laser. It can then take many more treatments to reduce the ink and may never be removed satisfactorily. The worst case is peach colour (often lip liner) that can turn black when exposed to laser or IPL.
This does not apply to facial tattoos that are applied with traditional tattoo ink. We do not recommend the treatment of cosmetic inks for these reasons and in the case of eyebrows, the laser could interrupt the hair growth. We are aware that some clinics will offer the service but unfortunately it is simply too risky. This is also on advice from the manufacturer (Cynosure) themselves.

Under Eye Tattoos
A rather controversial new technique is to use tattooing on dark circles under the eyes. This camoflauge technique that has been piorneered by Brazillian tattooist Rodolpho Torres
Again this is an area which we will not treat you to the area being highly sensitive.

At LaserYou, your first step is the free consultation where we carry out a patch test on the tattoo. This to allow us to assess how your skin reacts to the PicoSure Laser. We always insist on a patch test – at east 24 hours before the first treatment. Your well being is always our primary concern!

May 13

Can I use the Sauna / Spa after Laser Tattoo Removal ?

At LaserYou after your treatment we dress the tattoo with medical dressings in order to ensure that the treated area has the best chance to heal properly. You must follow the after-care instructions given by our laser technicians in order to allow for safe and effective healing. 

It is not safe to swim or use a sauna after your treatment. This is primarily because of the risk of infection from heat, chlorine and seawater all of which can stimulate bacteria on your newly lasered tattoo. In order to swim or use a sauna/spa you must wait at least two weeks after your laser tattoo removal treatment. This will give you the best chance at having fully healed skin. If your tattoo still appears unhealed, then it is best to refrain completely from swimming/spa/sauna. If in doubt please consult one our laser technicians or contact us for further advice . 

May 11

What happens if I don’t like my new Tattoo?

Come and see us at LaserYou. However you need to allow at least eight weeks from the time of your new tattoo before considering any laser treatment. While the tattoo may appear to have healed, the underlying tissue may still need time to fully heal. For that reason, your consultation must be a minimum of eight weeks after you have had the tattoo. At the consultation ( which is free) we will perform a patch test with the PicoSure laser machine and after 24–48 hours you can have your first treatment.

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