Sparkle Lifestyle & MediSpa’s Ultimate Treatments Guides
Ultimate Tatoo Removal Guide
Ok… we know things are not always as dramatic as our opening but we want to assure you that we appreciate the seriousness of the decision you’re planning to make. We also know that you have questions and that you want to learn about the essential what’s, how’s and why’s of Tattoo Removal
So, that’s exactly what you’ll get.
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What is Laser Tattoo Removal?
Laser tattoo removal uses a Picosecond laser to physically break up the ink in your skin into small particles so your lymphatic system can flush it out.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM LASER TATTOO REMOVAL?
You can expect some discomfort during the treatment, but here at Sparkle, we apply a doctor prescribed numbing cream to help comfortably get you through the treatment. Immediately following the treatment, you will see a light “frosting” on the treated area, this is your body’s natural moisturizing response to the laser.
This will subside in a couple of hours post-treatment, and the area will then look red for up to a few days. After the healing process starts moving along, you will then notice some dryness, and itchiness in the area.
HOW MUCH DOES LASER TATTOO REMOVAL COST?
The prices vary from tattoo to tattoo, but the baseline price starts at 150$ and up. we usually charge by the square inch. some tattoos may take more sessions due to the age of the tattoo, whether it was done professionally or by an amateur, the colours in the tattoo, and is there any scarring existing from the tattoo itself.
WHAT TECHNOLOGY IS USED FOR TATTOO REMOVAL?
Our Tattoo removal laser is a PicoWay, a high-powered Pico Second technology that uses photo-acoustic technology(sound) to break up the ink particles in your skin. A picosecond is the newest technology that breaks tattoo ink up into smaller particles than the traditional Nanosecond technology so it makes for faster removal of the ink into your lymphatic system to be drained out
WHAT TO EXPECT PRE-TREATMENT
4 Weeks before your procedure:
- Avoid direct sun exposure and/or artificial tanning.
- Begin using a daily sunscreen with an SPF of 45 or higher.
2 Weeks before your procedure:
- If facial treatment: do not have facials, peels, cosmetic injections or other facial procedures. This includes waxing, electrolysis and laser hair removal
1 Week before your procedure:
- Discontinue the use of Retin-A, Retinol, AHAs, scrubs or any other potentially-irritating products in the treatment area.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Although these effects are rare and expected to be transient, any adverse reaction should be immediately reported to the physician. Side effects may include any of those conditions listed below. Side effects may appear either at the time of treatment or shortly after. Some dark-skinned patients may have a delayed response one-to-two days after treatment and should be evaluated post-test accordingly.
The side effects may include:
• Excessive skin redness (erythema) and/or swelling (edema)
• Damage to natural skin texture (crust, blister, burn)
• Change of pigmentation (hyper- or hypo-pigmentation)
• Avoid skin irritation or intentional skin tanning. Sunblock is advisable when outdoors during daylight hours.
• The patient should discontinue any irritant, topical agents, for 2-3 days prior to treatment.
• The patient should arrive for treatment with clean skin. There should be no lotion, make-up, perfume, powder or bath/shower oil present on the skin in the area to be treated.
• A topical anesthetic should be used only as directed by a physician and only if necessary.
• Areas of dental crowns, caps, braces, or other metal dental implants may be more sensitive to treatment and the clinician may use dental rolls, gauze or a tongue depressor to isolate the area and make the treatment more comfortable.
• Avoid the sun 4-6 weeks before and after treatment until your physician allows it.
• Your Provider may ask you to stop any oral or topical medications or other skin care products 3-5 days prior to treatment.
• Tanned or darker skin types should not be treated. If treated within 2 weeks of active (natural sunlight or tanning booth) tan, you may develop hypo-pigmentation (white spots) and this may not clear for 2-3 months, or even longer.
• The use of self-tanning skincare products must be discontinued 1-2 weeks prior to treatment.Any residual self-tanner must be removed prior to treatment.
• Your provider may apply a topical anesthetic for treatment discomfort. This should be removed just prior to treatment.
POSTOPERATIVE TREATMENT CARE
• Immediately after treatment, there should be a “slight frosting” on the area that is treated.
• Erythema (redness) and edema (swelling) at the treatment site can occur and may last up to 2 hours or longer. Pinpoint bleeding may also occur.
• An ointment (Aquaphor, bacitracin, or even Vaseline) should be applied to the treated area and covered with a non-stick bandage.
• Keep tattoo bandaged for 48-72 hrs after tattoo removal, changing the band aid and Aquaphor at least twice a day.
• After the treatment, the skin will scab over. It is very important not to pick, scratch or aggressively wash the area to prevent possible scarring. This crust should flake off in 7-10 days.
• Avoid sun exposure to reduce the chance of hyper-pigmentation (darker pigmentation)
• Use sun block (SPF 30+) at all times throughout the course of your treatments.
• There are no restrictions on bathing except to treat the area gently, as with any other wound.