Month: June 2019

What can I do between treatments to help the process?

This is a question we hear frequently at our clinic, and we recommend our clients do a few things between treatments. First, follow all of the aftercare instructions. These were developed to maximize both your healing and the fading of the tattoo.

Second, we highly recommend doing activities that increase blood flow to the area. Our lasers are great at breaking your tattoo ink into small pieces, but it is your immune system that does the work of removal in between treatments.

This means that if the tattoo is on your hand or forearm, use a stress ball every day to stimulate blood flow. If it is instead on your foot or lower leg, take a daily walk or jog to make sure your tattoo is getting fresh blood. Once the skin has completely healed, an occasional massage is also a great way to get blood flowing and give the immune system a boost.

Finally, do the things that are important to take care of your skin. Protect yourself from the sun, use your preferred product for dry skin (we prefer Aquaphor), and avoid products that would damage or abrade your skin.

If you haven’t started the process yet and are just learning about laser tattoo removal, please feel free to give us a call or schedule a free consultation to learn more!

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Removing Permanent Makeup

permanent makeup
Microblading tattoo on the eyebrows

We get questions about using laser tattoo removal for permanent makeup nearly every week, so it seemed like a good idea to blog about. The question I get most often is, “Can you remove my (eyebrow, lip, hairline, etc.) permanent makeup?”

The answer to that question is almost always yes, but many clients choose not to go forward with treatment. We want to share why, so you can make an informed decision:

  • Brown pigment in tattoo ink can turn orange with treatment, and it stays that way for the weeks in between your treatment.
  • If the tattoo is in a hair line, the laser can kill some of the hair follicles, removing hair that is still wanted.
  • While it is not common, there is a small chance of blistering when receiving laser treatment. Blisters on the face can be unsightly.
  • Finally, aftercare is critically important. Treatments that aren’t properly cared for are at the highest risk for infection.

I do want to add that there are a few places where we absolutely cannot remove permanent makeup. Eyeliner is a good example of what cannot be treated, because the laser is powerful enough to damage the cornea through the eyelid.

If you have read the warnings and still want to get a treatment, then we can treat your tattoo. But please be careful and discuss the procedure with your laser technician, because the skin on your face is very important!

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Want to See a Laser Tattoo Removal Video?

The most common questions I receive from new clients are about what the tattoo removal experience looks and feels like. For those who have never experienced a laser treatment before, it can often seem intimidating or alarming. Because of that, we’ve made it our goal to help everyone understand the process.

This is why I have embedded the following video, taken in the Evanesce Laser Tattoo Removal offices!

I hope this video has taken some of the mystery out of laser tattoo removal. We want every client to know they are getting a safe, effective treatment. If you are interested in having your tattoo removed, please feel free to give us a call or book online using our convenient online calendar!

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June Questions and Answers

How difficult is it to remove stick and poke tattoos?

I’ve found that stick and poke tattoos are sometimes the hardest to judge when it comes to the difficulty/number of sessions. Some stick and pokes were given with a light hand, with only a small amount of ink in the dermis of the skin. These tattoos remove quickly, easily and in a few sessions.

However, a stick and poke tattoo has the potential to put ink much deeper into the dermis than is necessary. An unsteady hand may poke deep into your skin, where ink is more difficult to remove. In these cases, a tattoo could lighten quickly with the first couple sessions, and then become very difficult to remove in spots where the needle went too deep.

Can you estimate how many treatments I would need?

Stick and poke tattoos are not the majority of our removals, but we do have experience treating this type of tattoo. What we have learned is that we make no promises about the number of treatments. Our advice to clients is that maybe their artist had a light touch and they could be lucky… but maybe they aren’t. Either way, we understand that tattoo removal is important to our clients, and we are here to guide them through that process with honesty and integrity.

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