IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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TATTOOING CONTRAINDICATIONS

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WE NEED TO BE ADVISED OF ANYTHING THAT APPLIES TO YOU BEFORE YOU BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

List of Precautions

  • Recently tanned skin cannot be treated. You must avoid sun for 2 weeks. Otherwise blisters and hyper (dark skin)/hypo (light skin)-pigmentation may occur.

  • Fake tan must be discontinued for a week prior treatment.

  • Infected or acne break out area must be avoided.

  • You must wait 6 months after Accutane therapy.

  • We need to know if you have a history of photosensitivity to infrared light.

  • We can not treat you if you are Pregnant.

  • Seizure disorders - Please advise us.

  • Medications and Supplements: Daily anti-coagulation therapy, iron supplements, herbal supplements such as ginkgo, ginseng or garlic and fish oil supplements may bruise more readily.

  • Photosensitizing Medications: Medications that induce photosensitivity.You must stop the medication if possible for 3-5 days prior to treatment.

  • Topical Medications and skin care products: Stop 72 hours pre and post treatment.

  • HSV 1 & 2: We will not treat if active lesion(s) are present within the intended treatment area. Clients with a known history of frequent HSV 1 & 2 lesions should begin prophylaxis prior to treatment as prescribed by their healthcare provider.

  • We can not treat  open wounds and skin that is actively infected.

  • Keloid scarring: We can not treat skin that is prone to Keliod Scarring.

  • Implanted medical devices: Pacemakers, cardioverters and other implantable devices or fillers- We will need clearance from your healthcare provider.

  • We need to know if you have lupus.

  • We need to know if you have melanoma.

  • Do you have herpes simplex in the area being treated?

  • Are you receiving or have you received gold treatment?

  • Medications that alter the wound-healing response may interfere with post-treatment healing and may require special precautions to be taken by the treating therapist. Please inform us if you are on any immune supressing medications.

  • We need to know if you have a history of skin cancer or suspicious lesions.

PRE PROCEDURE PREP

The laser tattoo removal machine is used to break up pigment particles under your skin. Then, your lymphatic system latches onto the pigment particles and carries them away to get excreted.

Most common tattoo inks include compounds made from heavy metals like copper, lead, and manganese.

Unsurprisingly, your body doesn’t like having heavy metals hanging out in your skin and it dispatches white blood cells to engulf them and get rid of the compounds. It’s partially successful, which is why all tattoos fade over time.

However, most ink particles are too large for white blood cells to fully engulf, this is why tattoos won’t completely fade on their own and are permanent.

Laser tattoo removal uses a combination of heat and speed to force the particles to shatter, leaving them in smaller pieces that your lymphatic system can handle.

To help your lymphatic system dispose of these particles we recommend following these instructions:

  • Eat a full meal or snack before your appointment. Clients sometimes get light-headed because they come on an empty stomach. Also, make sure you have had plenty of fluids

  • If you’re a smoker, consider quitting. Cigarette smoke slows healing and increases the risk of complications

  • Avoid sun exposure, use sunscreen, and cover up for two weeks prior to your first laser tattoo removal session. Tanned skin looks great, but it is more prone to adverse reactions

  • Wear loose-fitting clothing over the area to be treated

  • Consider taking Panadol or another nonaspirin pain medication before your procedure. This can help alleviate any potential discomfort

  • Avoid taking aspirin and ibuprofen: They may cause you to bruise after your treatment

  • Make sure the area to be treated is clean and free of lotions, perfumes, and cosmetics

  • We recommend a high anti-oxidant diet for the two weeks prior and post treatment to help assist your body in particle removal.

 

POST PROCEDURE INFORMATION

Laser tattoo removal essentially creates a minor skin wound which needs to be cared for properly to avoid infection. You are also going to want to look after your skin so that you can achieve the best possible results for full removal or a cover-up.

 Here’s what we recommend you do.

During the first 24 hours

You can take pain relief if you are feeling pain or discomfort. Don’t worry, this will pass.

Most people will experience some form of scabbing and blistering over the treated area within 24 hours of receiving laser removal. This is very normal. A cold compress can be used during this time to relieve any inflammation, swelling or discomfort

Avoid superhot showers, saunas, spas and intense physical activity.

Over the next 3 days

You may apply a very fine layer of Vitamin E cream (not Paw-Paw ointment!) over the treated area twice a day for up to 7 days.

Keep the area clean and dry. When you are washing the area, use an antibacterial soap and gently pat dry with a towel.

Avoid high-pressure water hitting the treated area. Continue to avoid spas, pools or saunas to reduce the chance of infection.

Don’t pick scabs, pop any blisters or touch the area unless washing or applying cream.

Over the next 1-2 weeks

Continue to avoid spas, pools or saunas to reduce the chance of infection.

Avoid direct or prolonged exposure to the sun. Getting sunburnt on your laser treatment area is not a good idea. Avoid fake tan. 

If sun exposure cannot be avoided, sunscreen may be applied over the treated area.

If you want to use an oil after one week to help with itchiness or to soothe, you may use an oil such as Rosehip oil or bio oil.

Avoid shaving over the treated area.

Pay attention to the area. If it looks infected or aggravated, contact us immediately.

Drink lots of water, it will help your lymphatic system remove your tattoo.