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The Facts about Laser Tattoo Removal

Tattoo Removal

tattoo removal

Do you have a tattoo you regret or maybe you just need it fading for a cover up. Well here are some key points to consider when having your tattoo removed:

Set your expectations

You need to keep in mind what your expectations are when looking to have your tattoo removed as some tattoos fade only partially after treatments, also some tattoos may leave a ghost image of the tattoo rather than completely disappear.

It won’t be gone in one treatment

Having tattoo removal isn’t a one session fix, you will be required to have multiple treatments, and also the number of treatments can’t be predetermined during your initial consultation. You will also be required to have intervals between treatments, this is key. You may want to remove the tattoo as quickly as possible but treating to soon can increase the risk of side effects like skin irritation and open wounds. You will be advised that the average time between sessions is usually 4-6 weeks.

Older Tattoos are better

Older tattoos fade generally more easily with laser treatments than newer ones.

Body Placement

Location Location Location! Fading is generally slower for tattoos located further down the arm or leg this is due to circulation so tattoos nearer the heart will fade quicker due to better circulation.

Is it a professional Tattoo?

Was your tattoo done by a professional or amateur? An amateur tattoo tends to be easier to remove than a professional one as the professional tattoo penetrates deeper in the skin so will take longer for the colours to break down and be absorbed back into the body.

Colours and Lasers

Do your research on lasers before you choose to have your tattoo removed, most lasers can’t remove all tattoo colours. Our Q switch machine is one of the only ones that can remove the majority of colours except white. Different dyes respond to different light wavelengths so some colours may take longer to fade.

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Your Skin

Having a tattoo may scar or change skin texture, this is often hidden by the dyes. When having laser removal it may uncover skin changes so you may be left with what looks like a ghost of your old tattoo.

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Treatment for Excessive Sweating

Did you know that Anti-wrinkle injections can be used to treat things other than wrinkles?

In fact this treatment is used to help with what can be described as uncomfortable and embarrassing – excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis). It is thought that about 1 person in 200 has some form of excessive sweating.  People with hyperhidrosis produce sweat in amounts far greater than needed to control their temperature and it seems to be triggered more by social situations rather than temperature.

Hyperhidrosis can affect the armpits, hands, feet or face but armpits are the most common issue.

When severe sweating gets in the way of certain daily activities and antiperspirants are not working, then this treatment is a great alternative.

Anti-wrinkle Injections are approved by the FDA to treat the symptoms of severe underarm sweating when medicines used on the skin do not work well enough.

Anti-wrinkle injections are injected into the affected areas to help control this condition by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. When the sweat glands do not receive chemical signals, the severe sweating stops.

What’s involved in the treatment?

Prior to the treatment: Numbing cream can be applied to the area for 30 minutes before although some patients prefer not to use this and opt for an ice pack to numb the area instead. Many patients do not require either. Please be advised that for underarm treatments, we will require the area to be freshly shaved or the hairs to be trimmed to a length of 1cm long

The treatment: The actual procedure takes about 20 to 25 minutes and is relatively straightforward. A series of small Anti-wrinkle injections are injected to the relevant areas through a very fine needle

Post treatment: Simply avoid touching, rubbing or applying anything on the treated area for 4 hours to prevent infection and spreading of the medicine. Also, it is recommended not to exercise for 24 hours after the procedure. Specific instructions will be given to you on the day of treatment by our therapist.

When will I start feeling the results and how long does it last?

You will start seeing and feeling the results at about 1-2 weeks after having the treatment.

The results will last around 6-7 months. Your symptoms will return gradually, and you will know when the time is right for another treatment.
It is recommended to have the treatment every 6 months to receive the best possible results. A plan for regular follow-up treatments to maintain the initial result can be created for you.

What if I decide to stop having the treatment?

If you decide not to have further treatment, your sweating will gradually return to its pre-treated state. The effects of the treatment will gradually wear off, and your underarm sweating will resume.

Where does the sweat go?

Your sweat doesn’t go anywhere or get backed up because the sweat simply is not produced in the treated areas. Remember, the rest of your body is free to produce moisture normally.

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How can I treat spots in my 30’s?

Q. I am 35 years old and have been suffering with acne like spots around my mouth and chin. I have never had problem skin in the past, why is this happening and what can I do to treat it?

A. When we think back to our teenage years there are many things we’d give out right arm to have back. We spend hours in the gym trying desperately to regain our teenage figures, we long for the days when the most important and pressing issues in our lives where which party to go to at weekend and who is the best looking member of Take That. One thing we never get nostalgic about is our problem, acned, hormonal skin, but a recent survey by the Acne Support Group found that 15% of women are still affected by acne well beyond their teens.

Adult acne is no different to normal acne; it is only given this term to distinguish sufferers from the teenagers we normally associate with spotty skin. Acne is an inflammatory skin condition that most commonly affects the face, chest and back; and experts believe that acne is caused by sensitivity to the male hormone testosterone. That is not to say that sufferers have more of the male hormone, just that they are more sensitive to testosterone which can trigger acne. The rush of hormones associated with puberty explains why teenagers are prone to acne and why women may be prone to spots around their period.

Hormonal acne is usually characterised by large and painful spots around the jawline and chin, which does sound like the type you describe, but stress, poor diet and unsuitable beauty products can also be contributory factors.

An excellent new range that we now have available in our FAB Clinic is the Obagi range. Developed by leading American dermatologist Dr Zein Obagi. Dr Obagi conceived and brought to the market what would become the world’s most recognised brand of physician dispensed skincare products. Designed to transform skin with speciality products, which are clinically proven to work.

There is a specific range to target skin issues of all types and for clients of all ages. The range which would be perfect for your skin in the CLENZIderm MD system. Specifically designed for mild to moderate acne this range is effective in the treatment and prevention of acne.

Daily use of only three products expressly designed to stop acne will clear the skin, renew radiance and minimise side effects of other acne treatments.

Alongside its ground breaking skincare systems Obagi also offer the world famous Blue Peel Radiance  treatment. Initially designed to refresh and lighten dull skin, it will also target fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentary changes due to acne, uneven skin tone, laxity and texture issues and light melisma.

Obagi Blue Peel Radiance

This would be a great treatment for you to have because it completely removes the stratum corneum to reveal the new skin underneath. This in turn means boosted outcomes from your skincare at home. Applying product directly onto this new skin means that the skincare is able to perform to its best ability instead of having to fight through dead skin cells to start working on the skin it is designed to treat.

The trials we have performed in the clinic on models with similar skin concerns to your own have been astounding and the models have seen real results and complete transformations in their skin.

For further information or to book a full consultation with our clinical practitioner, please call in to the clinic or give us a call on 0161 6327 1114, where a member of our team will be happy to help you.

How do I get rid of dark marks around my mouth after my pregnancy?

Q.After my pregnancy 3 years ago I have been left with as dark brown mark around my mouth that won’t go away. It gets darker in the sun and when I’m on holiday it even gets darker through total sun block. I am finding it harder and harder to cover with make-up and it is really affecting my confidence, what can I do?

A.From the description you have given it sounds very much like a condition called melasma or chloasma. Melasma is a common skin condition which is characterised by areas of light to dark brown pigmentation develops, mainly on the face. Melasma usually becomes more noticeable in summer due to the sun’s stimulation of melanin in the skin, and as you mentioned pregnancy can be a contributing factor to its onset, along with triggers such as stress and hormonal drugs such as the contraceptive pill.

In the clinic we have a number of ways we can treat hyperpigmentation including laser skin rejuvenation, skin peels and homecare products. In the case of melasma and the fact that it is a systemic condition we cannot treat it with laser skin rejuvenation as this could cause it to become darker. Skin peels and homecare products are still viable treatment options and I would suggest a treatment programme which included a combination therapy plan of both peels and the Obagi Nu-Derm system would be an excellent treatment option for yourself.

The Obagi Blue Peel Radiance treatment is a medium depth skin peel treatment designed for incremental desquamation of the stratum corneum, this will then reveal the new skin, allow the absorption of the Nu-Derm products to penetrate the skin more readily and thus boost the effects of the Nu-Derm programme.

Obagi Blue Peel Radiance

The Obagi Nu-Derm system was designed by Dr Zein Obagi to treat a wide range of skin care concerns using prescription based hydroquinone and tretinoine. This system promises to deliver your youngest possible skin after just 18 weeks. The system has enjoyed years of success and has proven clinical results in treatment of melasma and other pigment problems.

The 18 weeks system works on three skin cycles, and it works extremely well when combined with a course of three peels every 6 weeks to boost the effect of each Obagi skincare cycle. At the end of the 18 week system you would see a dramatic different on the treatment area, the whole face will be brighter, firmer, lifted, pores will be more refined and skin tone more even.

There is no need for you to continue to suffer with this problem, please call in to talk to our clinical staff who would be happy to assess the area, discuss your treatment options and provide you with any information you need. It will be our pleasure to help you moving forward with your problem.

Consultations on a range of skincare and aesthetic treatments are available in salon six days a week. Please feel free to call in and discuss your concerns, and mention this article for a free sample bag.

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