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Tattoos - not always forever

18th June 2012  : 

Tattoos - they can be beautiful but they can also be a burden. Sometimes when people opt to go under the needle, they lose sight of the permanent nature of the body art and get caught up in the moment. Tattoos are applied by using a special needle, which injects ink into the lower layers of the skin (the dermis). Once the skin has healed, this seals the design into the skin.

Unfortunately, there are a range of reasons why our tattoos might become as problematic. They can distort or go patchy, often as the work of under-qualified artists. As we gain weight they can change shape. Or perhaps the design simply becomes something we dislike as we grow older and wiser.

Laser tattoo removal uses the latest in skin technology to rid you of your unwanted body art. The machine uses pulses of concentrated light to penetrate the epidermis and target the ink below the surface. This breaks up the ink, dispersing it into small particles. Then it's time for your body to kick into action, as it gets rid of the ink via the immune system.

While the word 'laser' might sound a little daunting and extreme, the technology used is extremely safe and sophisticated. It does not affect the surrounding healthy tissue in the long term. As with any non-invasive beauty procedure, there are some immediate side effects, but these are minimal.

You will experience some redness and swelling in the treatment area but this is temporary. The skin can be sensitive and red for between 48 hours and two weeks, but this shouldn't stop your normal daily routine. Your practitioner will recommend some sensitive skin care products to help promote healing, including using high-factor sun screen if the tattoo is exposed to light. It may take a number of sessions, but you can wave goodbye to that loathed etching.

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