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.

May 07

Can the PicoSure treat White Ink?

Yes, the PicoSure at LaserYou can treat all colours including white. However it’s likely that white ink will oxidise or darken (usually to a grey colour) when a laser is applied to it. Sometimes it’s unavoidable to overlap onto white ink due to the design but as long as you are fully accepting of the risk, it can be treated. Sometimes the grey colour will lighten with further treatments.

May 07

Can I use a Numbing Cream for Tattoo Removal?

There is no doubt that laser tattoo removal can be uncomfortable or painful. The pain or discomfort experienced varies from person to person. We find that most clients tolerate the pain – after all, the laser treats an area very quickly. (In addition, at LaserYou we use a Cryogenic cooling machine to blast ice cold air onto your skin before, during and after treatment and that helps ease alleviate discomfort. The Cryo directs freezings cold air (-30°C)deep into the skin where the ink is located, mitigating any discomfort or pain associated with the laser. Unlike other cooling methods, the Cryo 6 can cool the epidermis before, during, and after treatment, making it the the only cooling method that can be used during a laser procedure, for fast, prolonged numbing of the treatment area.

By simply blowing this cold air on the skin for a few minutes, the skin will be thoroughly cooled for treatment – reducing pain and risk of thermal injuries.

Numbing creams (eg Lidocaine, Emla cream ) are just that – they aim to numb the skin to make you feel less. 

At LaserYou we do not recommend the use of numbing creams as they swell the skin which is thought to slow down laser penetration and therefore treatment results. If the skin is numbed it also prevents the client from giving accurate feedback and can affect the visible endpoint. However if you insist on using numbing cream, please contact us so that we may give you further instructions on how to use the cream.

Apr 27

Can I still have laser treatment if I’ve applied fake tan?

No. For the well-being of your skin you should not have any laser treatment on your skin if it has tanned. This applies to holiday tan, suntan, fake tan and also sun beds. The reason is because the tan is brown and the laser wavelengths are absorbed by brown pigments.

If you have a layer of brown whether it’s fake tan, make up or recent sun tan, it will absorb the energy. This will potentially cause a burn as the epidermis heats up.

It’s also for this reason that we need to be more cautious when someone’s skin type is naturally darker. Your welfare is the top priority at LaserYou. Our technicians are not simply qualified laser practitioners, they are also medical professionals with a huge amount of experience from their time at the NHS.

Always err on the side of caution. If you have tanned, you must wait at least 6 to 8 weeks before you have laser treatment. If in doubt you need to simply ensure that you are tan-free. Some people will retain a tan longer than others. Also some fake tans were off quicker than others, so the time it takes for your tan to disappear may vary from another client.

Apr 26

Can I have my 1st Treatment on the day of the patch test?

It is very important to have a patch test with the laser machine prior to commencing your treatment. A patch test (this is where we actually use the machine on the tattoo) is normally done on a very small area of the tattoo. The purpose of the patch test is to ensure that the tattoo heals adequately and with no adverse effects. It is not uncommon to experience blistering or scabbing after a laser treatment. Such reactions are considered normal. However on very rare occasions someone may experience a more profound reaction. For that reason it is very important to wait at least 24 hours between the time of the patch test to the time of the first treatment. While we understand that some clients are travelling a distance in order to have their treatment, we will always insist on a patch test first, with a wait thereafter of a minimum of 24 hour before any treatment can be carried out. It is important not to rush the laser process- your skin is important! At LaserYou, our primary consideration is the clients welfare. That is why we have medical professionals carrying out tattoo removal treatments using the most advanced technology – PicoSure. Find out more or book your free consultation by contacting us : 01628 663075

Oct 21

Tattoo Removal Using Laser, Dermabrasion, Surgical Procedure & Chemical Peels

Tattoos are considered by many as works of art.  An expression of who you are and an extension of your personality. Often referred to as body art, it’s a popular option to boost your sense of style.  That is of course, unless you change your mind.  The trouble with tattoos is they are designed to be permanent.  

There are many different reasons to have a tattoo removed. Perhaps it was an impulse decision you’ve come to regret. Maybe the workmanship was substandard and you are not happy with the results.  Possibly, the name of the special someone you had forever etched to your skin, is no longer in the picture.  

Whatever your reason, the good news is, there are a few different methods to have your tattoo removed.

Laser Tattoo Removal

Many clinics use lasers to penetrate the tattoo and break up the ink. This will take several sessions for complete removal so is by far the quickest method. It’s popular and effective for complete tattoo removal.

Using Dermabrasion For Tattoo Removal

Some practitioners actually sand off the tattoo. Dermabrasion is sometimes used to file off each layer of skin until the tattoo is gone. This takes several treatments to get through the inked layers, and aside from being painful, can sometimes damage and scar the remaining tissue!

Removing Tattoos Using Surgical Procedure

In some cases, the entire tattoo is removed by surgical procedure. This is a costly method and often involves skin grafts. Recovery time for the excision to heal can sometimes be prolonged, and as with any surgical procedure, there is a risk of infection or other complications. Depending on the location of the tattoo, it may be difficult to care for the area after the tattoo has been removed.

Using Chemical Peels To Remove Tattoos

Finally, chemical peels such as TCA have been used with some success in tattoo removal. Several sessions are usually needed as each layer of skin is peeled away until the entire tattoo has been removed.  This method is widely available in spas, although some doctors may also offer it.  

If permanent removal of your tattoos isn’t feasible due to monetary restrictions or health concerns, there are several lotions and creams on the market that can reduce the look of your tattoo.  Lightening products will reduce the depth of the colours. However, this is a very lengthy process that will most likely take years and there is no guarantee of success. Most users will give up long before their tattoo is removed.

Discover more about our PicoSure laser tattoo removal service.

Jun 06

Acne Scar Laser Treatments

Acne is a skin condition that involves the sebaceous glands at the base of the hair follicles. The glands naturally produce oil to lubricate the skin and hair. Sometimes, the oil glands are stimulated to make more sebum or oil. When there is too much of this oily liquid, the pores of the skin may become clogged. Bacteria can then get trapped inside the pores and multiply, and this can lead to acne formation. Acne commonly appear on the face, neck, chest, shoulders, and back.

What causes acne?

There are various factors that are thought to trigger acne formation. Among these are:

  • genetics
  • environmental factors such as humidity and pollution
  • premenstrual cycle in females
  • pregnancy
  • stress
  • some cosmetics or skin care products that are pore-clogging
  • certain medications

Although it is a problem common among teens, people can have acne at any age and even into adulthood.

What are treatments for acne?

Treatment of acne depends on its severity. For mild acne, gentle washing with water and mild soap or cleansing liquid will suffice. Gentle mild exfoliants containing salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or alphahydroxyl acids can also be used. For moderate to severe acne, medications are often prescribed. Antiobiotic creams, benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and oral antibiotics can help in treatment of severe acne.

How do acne scars form?

Acne is not a dangerous skin condition. Most dark spots left by acne, also called acne marks, eventually fade after several months. To speed up the process, one can apply sunscreen regularly, apply vitamin C serum to help promote healing, retinoid cream to promote skin cell renewal, use skin lighteners such as hydroquinone, licorice, and kojic acid, and chemical peel treatments to remove dead skin cells and smoothen out the texture of the skin. Sometimes, acne can leave unattractive scars. One can liken a severe acne lesion to a wound. The body responds by creating tissue over the damaged area. Too much tissue can form a keloid or a raised scar while too little tissue leads to atrophic scar or a depressed scar. The deeper the acne lesion, the more likely it is to scar. These scars are permanent and require more intense treatments and procedures compared to acne marks. One way to manage scars is through the use of injectable fillers to fill in hollow spaces on the face. Dermal fillers work by lifting depressed scars. Their effect is immediate but often temporary, lasting 12 to 24 months. Dermabrasion is another treatment for acne scars. It is reserved for deep acne scars since it involves a resurfacing process. In dermabrasion, a brush or burr rotates rapidly to take off the upper layers of the skin. Microdermabrasion is similar to dermabrasion but uses tiny crystals to correct more superficial scars.

Laser scar removal is the latest approach to acne scar treatment. It is used to diminish the appearance of scars by using powerful laser technology. Picosure is an advanced laser treatment that produces better skin clearance compared to other laser treatments. Because it delivers lasers within a trillionth of a second, it is a safer procedure. Picosure does the job faster and more effectively without the intense heat energy associated with older lasers. Used over the skin, it encourages collagen production to treat acne scars and hyper pigmentation. Treatment sessions are quick and gentle, requiring no downtime, leaving you with smoother and more beautiful skin.

May 16

Is Laser Hair Removal Safe?

Dermatologists and hair removal specialists use lasers to remove unwanted facial and body hair safely and efficiently. Laser hair removal is among the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures. Those who are tired of having to shave, wax, or pluck regularly or simply do not have the time to devote to removing unwanted hair opt to have laser treatments.

The process works by using an intense beam of light directed at the hair follicles. The heat produced is absorbed by the pigment in the hair roots, which is called melanin pigment. The laser weakens and  causes damage to the hair follicle. Each treatment weakens the follicle, until the hair follicle can no longer sustain hair growth. Darker hair, which has a higher amount of melanin, absorbs more light. The more light that is absorbed, the more effective the hair removal treatment. Laser treatment is less effective on light hair since it has very little melanin to absorb the light.

As with any cosmetic procedure, there may be associated risks with laser hair removal. This includes the potential damage to the surrounding skin if not done properly. The other effects include skin irritation, mild pain, redness, discoloration, and swelling. Since laser is absorbed by melanin, there is a higher risk of damage on darker skinned individuals. The majority of cases where damage occurs is where laser hair removal performed by an unqualified or inexperienced technician.

The good news is that there are newer laser therapy options that offer more focused light, thus safer even for those with darker skin. The risks dramatically decrease when the treatment is done by a qualified laser hair removal specialist who has properly assessed your situation.

Laser hair removal is absolutely safe when performed correctly by a certified and experienced laser hair removal technician. Make certain that the clinic features the latest hair removal machines and those with licensed professionals specifically trained to carry out the procedure. Have the professional determine the best treatment for your skin and hair colour.