Jul 30

Reopening July 2020- Covid Safety Protocols at LaserYou

LaserYou is reopening 31 July 2020. In order to safeguard clients and staff, we have implemented the following new protocols

  • All clients will need to wear face a covering
  • Please note the waiting room AND wash room / toilet facilities will not be in service. 
  • Please note we are unable to offer any refreshments or snacks. 
  • Please be ready and on time for your appointment as we have to operate strict protocols. 
  • As we are unable to operate the waiting room, we ask that you wait in your car and you will receive a text / call once your appointment is ready.  
  • Once we are ready for you (previous clients have left) and you will be asked to attend promptly and you can make your way straight into the treatment room
  • We are unable to take cash payments so please make your payment upfront when booking your appointment (we are trying to minimise as much contact as possible)

Jul 01

Covid 19 and LaserYou Clinic

1st July 2020. In line with government regulations, we remain closed. To minimise cross infections with the Covid Virus, the UK government has declared that while certain businesses can re-open on 4th July (including hairdressers and pubs), tattoo Studios, massage parlours, spas, nail bars and beauty salons must remain closed. The assumption is that laser clinics are included and must remain closed. It is our intention to reopen as soon as we are given the green light to do. Please contact us if you wish to be placed on a waiting list.

Jun 12

What wavelength is the PicoSure Laser?

The PicoSure laser by Cynosure makes tattoo removal even easier than before. The 755nm wavelength is able to target:

  • Black
  • Blue
  • Green tattoo inks
    Not all clinics have the optional 532nm wavelength which offers an effective treatment of the “sunset colours” which are typically hard to correct.
  • Red,
  • Yellow
  • Orange

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. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_perspectives_on_tattooing

Religion, culture and tattoos will forever be at conflict – so it will always come down to personal choice.  Read some stories here. https://www.milleworld.com/muslims-getting-tattoos/

Jan 27

Redness after Laser Tattoo Removal

Following laser treatment, a very common reaction is reddening of the skin, particularly on lighter skin types as shown on this client at LaserYou. The technical term is Erythema. Not all skins react – some do not react at all particularly if there is very little ink left to treat. It is a superficial and temporary reddening which can appear alarming due to its intensity. But note that while most people’s skin will react to laser in the form of reddening, blistering or even pin point bleeding, the redness is very temporary and will quickly subside within hours or a day of the treatment. At LaserYou we dress each tattoo following treatment so the redness will not be visible and will almost certainly have disappeared after removal of the dressing.

Dec 26

General guidelines for Professional Laser Hair Removal

Skin Types that can be treated:
All the skin types can be treated on all body areas on men and women.
NB: Clients who have a recent suntan must wait at least a month before starting treatment.
Hair Type: Clients with Black, brown and dark hair will benefit the most from laser removal, with lasting results.
Clients with Light Blond or White can experience a temporary loss of hair for three months.

Number of Treatments Needed: Temporary Hair removal is commonly achieved in a single treatment. Long-term hair reduction varies between clients – depending on the strength of hair and growth. Typically 6 to 8 treatments are required to achieve lasting hair reduction
Darker skin types will need more treatments – partly due to the strength of the hair.

Treatment intervals:
The first and second treatment will need to be one month apart. Treatment thereafter can then be one / two months apart depending on the individual’s body and hair growth cycles.

Clients that who can’t have Laser hair removal:
If Pregnant or breastfeeding.

Active infections: e.g cold sores (clients need to be clear for a month prior to treatment and have anti viral medication pre treatment )
Clients with a tattoo and or those with permanent make up
Use of medication e.g antibiotics
Clients who have had electrolysis, waxing or plucking in the last 4 weeks

Dec 19

Will i Regret my Tattoo?

As tattoo removal experts we see a large variety of tattoos of all sizes, colours and on all locations. There is no doubt that most clients never considered they would have to undergo laser tattoo removal. From our experience the most common reasons for wanting a tattoo removed are:

  1. Poor design / bad tattoo – The design did not meet their expectations. A way to avoid this would be to ensure you research your tattooist and take a look at their portfolio. Don’t assume that they will produce the design that you want but instead get a stencil made up. (At LaserYou, for example we have seen a number of clients who have had country maps tattooed on them which are not realistic)! And why not have a temporary tattoo done first with henna or a transfer to see if you will truly like the design.
  2. They’ve outgrown the tattoo. At the time a non-personal tattoo seemed like a good idea for example a butterfly or a flower. In the end the tattoo simply did not have any significance and had to go
  3. The tattoo was too personal. It was the name of their favourite football club or the name of an ex. Allegiances change and unfortunately the tattoo simply isn’t relevant today 
  4. The tattoo is not socially acceptable in their workplace or for their family. A commercial pilot required laser tattoo removal for a forearm tattoo. Even though it was covered up it was visible under his white shirt. Another client entering the navy had to have the large neck tattoo dedicated to his daughter removed. Clients returning to work in Poland and Japan felt their tattoos would not be acceptable hence the decision to remove.
  5. The tattoo was visible. Of course it doesn’t make sense to have a tattoo if you don’t want to show it off but there may come a time when you would be grateful the tattoo can be hidden. A client with a wedding finger tattoo of her former partner felt it was ruining her life; it was a constant reminder of her past – if only she had the tattoo on a less visible body area!Ultimately laser tattoo removal is the best and safest option for tattoo removal.
    At LaserYou, we offer a free consultation with our qualified and experienced laser technicians. We will also perform a patch test on the tattoo for free. If its your time for change, come and see us!

Nov 28

I have several tattoos – how many patch tests do I need?

At your first visit to out clinic LaserYou Burnham, you will have a comprehensive consultation where we will check your medical history and suitability for laser tattoo removal. Importantly we will also do what is called a patch test on your tattoo. This is effectively a treatment on a very small area of your tattoo. It may be small but it is extremely important for us to assess how you heal to the laser. If you have several tattoos we only need to do a patch test on one. Following the patch test you can be treated in full after a few days. The area which has been treated by the patch test will not be treated for another eight weeks in line with normal laser tattoo removal procedures.