Category Archives for "Tattoo Removal"

Jul 24

What are the alternatives to Laser Tattoo Removal?

When a tattoo is done, it is with the intention of being permanent, not with the thought of later removing it. Therefore there are very few safe options for tattoo removal. At LaserYou we have heard of creams being offered to remove tattoos. However this is certainly not a safe option. If the creams are designed to fade or bleach the tattoo they are likely to contain a chemical ingredient which may well burn the skin. For this reason many products for example skin whitening creams are banned or restricted for sale in Europe.

Alternatively you may decide to do what Mel B of the Spice Girls did due to her urgency to simply erase her tattoo – surgical removal! Again this is not an option we would recommend – if only for the obvious reason that you would be removing a part of your flesh.  So this leaves you with the only viable option of laser tattoo removal. It’s not biased that we suggest this treatment but we simply wouldn’t recommend the alternatives for the reasons above. Your first point of call is to have a consultation with a reputable clinic who is using a reputable machine. If you cannot make contact with the manufacturer of the laser machine, ask yourself the question how can I trust the treatment?

We use the PicoSure which is manufactured by Cynosure. It has FDA approval which is very important in terms of safety. Our machine has been sourced directly from the manufacturer and is serviced on a regular basis to ensure it performs to its optimum. In addition, our technicians are trained, insured and experienced at laser tattoo removal.

Having said that, as with any treatment laser tattoo removal isn’t for everyone. You may be a rare case who suffers an allergic reaction, or you simply may not want to go through the process of tattoo removal.

You have the choice to remove your tattoo and you also have the choice to choose the best or safest option for that treatment. Research and choose well.

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.