We’ve compiled a list of the most commonly asked tattoo removal questions, from the facts to the myths, so keep reading for everything surrounding laser tattoo removal.
Can a tattoo be removed in one session?
In some cases, yes. A small, faint tattoo can be removed in one session. However, it is not always possible to predict the number of sessions needed pre-consultation. As standard, our doctors and practitioners recommend an average treatment course of 5-6 sessions.
Factors such as size, colour, age, density and the type of ink used, are indicators of treatment length and often vary from person to person. Recent developments in laser tattoo removal such as the Picoway lasers have accelerated the tattoo removal process making it less time-consuming.
Can you donate blood after laser tattoo removal?
According to the NHS Give Blood website, you can donate blood after laser tattoo removal. You are only allowed to give blood once the skin has completely healed which can take around 1 – 2 weeks.
Can I go in the sun after laser tattoo removal?
No. It is recommended that after any laser treatment, you should avoid exposing the treated area to direct sunlight for at least 48 hours. This is because the skin is more sensitive and prone to burning after laser treatment.
Laser tattoo removal strips away any present ink pigment and has caused, to some extent, some localised skin cell damage. Therefore, your treated skin will be weaker than usual and more receptive to the detrimental effects of UV rays.
When exposed to sunlight, your skin will absorb its ultraviolet radiation easily which leads to burns, pain, and in worse case scenarios, permanent scarring.
We recommend avoiding sun exposure, but if you do need to go out in the sun, wear a mineral sunscreen with SPF 50 against UVA and UVB rays, as well as protective clothing.
Can you get a tattoo after laser removal?
Yes, you can get a tattoo after previous laser tattoo removal. However, tattooing over previously tattooed skin does require some patience as the treated area needs to be completely healed beforehand.
Remaining scar tissue present in the skin is the only complication when getting a new tattoo and may distort the new design. During your consultation this will be assessed for you.
Click here to learn more about getting a new tattoo on previously tattooed skin.
Can you go swimming after laser tattoo removal?
No. It is best to not go swimming after laser tattoo removal. This is because any water and heat interaction, like baths, saunas and hot tubs, can cause reactions.
As chemicals are added to pools to help maintain the correct pH levels, the presence of chlorine may react negatively with your recent skin treatment.
It is best to wait 4 – 5 days before fully submerging your treated area in any water, even in the shower or bath.
Can I get a tattoo removed while pregnant?
Whilst there is no evidence that suggests laser tattoo removal can indefinitely affect the foetus’ health, there is no research to affirm it either.
For this ambiguity in research, we do not perform any laser treatments on pregnant women. It is best to visit us once you’ve had your baby to avoid any potential risks.
Can you get laser tattoo removal while breastfeeding?
No. We usually perform laser tattoo removal on mothers’ whose babies are completely weaned off breast milk. This is because laser treatment dissolves ink particles which are then expelled through lymphatic fluid which may, in turn, pass into breast milk.
Can you get a tattoo after laser hair removal?
Yes. Laser hair removal is possibly even recommended before having a tattoo. This long term hair removal method is often beneficial as the desired treatment area will be smooth and hair free.
However, before getting a tattoo, your course of laser hair removal needs to be completed and the hair fully sheded. This process can usually take 4 – 6 weeks.
Can tattoo removal cause cancer?
The NHS has stated that there is no evidence to suggest that laser hair removal causes skin cancer. However, when wanting any laser treatments it is always required to go to a qualified practitioner and reputable clinic to avoid burns and blistering.
Can tattoo removal remove scars?
Tattoo removal itself is not designed to remove scars, however there is a form of laser treatment that is developed specifically for reducing and eradicating their appearance.
Laser resurfacing treatment works to remove the initial damaged skin and encourages skin regeneration.
It can work effectively in reducing:
This treatment can also target skin concerns such as hyperpigmentation and improve the signs of ageing.
Can tattoo removal make you sick?
After tattoo removal, some side effects can manifest. Due to the nature of tattoo removal, the laser shattering the ink particles of the tattoo which is then dissolved by your body, sickness may be one of them.
The expulsion process of the ink particles may interact with your lymphatic system, especially if the type of ink used contains high levels of metals, metal oxide and chemicals – which is usually the case with older tattoos.
The lymphatic system is responsible for fighting infections and protecting against foreign bodies, such as the ink fragments, so as your body flushes out the pigment, you may feel a bit nauseous.
A weakened immune system may also cause you to feel sick after laser tattoo removal. This should pass once the toxins are completely out of the body, which can take up to 6 weeks. Yet, with each day that passes, you should feel less sick and adjust to your newly found clear skin.
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As sk:n is the UK’s leading skin clinic, we have exceptional clinical standards, state of the art equipment, rigorous safety regulations and experienced laser clinicians (amongst many doctors and nurses) to help you remove any unwanted tattoos.
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Tattoos are not as permanent as traditionally thought thanks to many amazing advancements in laser tattoo removal. As tattoo removal has a high success rate in the complete removal of the design, getting re-tattooed is always tempting. Here is everything you need to know about getting a new tattoo over previously tattooed skin.
Can you get a tattoo after laser removal?
In most cases, yes, you can get a new tattoo over a removed one. However, there is a waiting time to be endured. After getting a new tattoo, the skin needs time to heal and this process is necessary when undergoing laser tattoo removal too.
What is laser tattoo removal?
Laser tattoo removal works by using light and heat energy to dissolve ink pigment in the skin cells. The concentrated light beam emitted from the device passes through the skin’s surface to target the ink particles, which is then converted to heat energy and shattered by its intensity. The body recognises the foreign ink fragments present and expels them within the lymphatic immune system.
How long do I need to wait before re-tattooing my skin after laser tattoo removal?
Laser tattoo removal is a gradual process, with variants like tattoo size, colour, density and the type of ink used by the tattoo artist, all impacting the removal procedure length.
Therefore, before re-tattooing on previously tattooed skin, it is necessary to complete the recommended number of sessions for full removal and wait between 6 – 8 weeks after course completion.
Healing time can vary too, and often, it’s best to wait even longer to ensure complete restoration of the skin. Picoway tattoo removal is the most advanced tattoo removal treatment available at sk:n and can remove a tattoo in half the time compared with traditional laser methods.
What are the risks?
The only complications with re-tattooing over previously tattooed skin is the prevalence of scar tissue. Whilst it’s very uncommon to get scarring from laser tattoo removal, it can occur and is a rare side effect. Scar tissue obstructs the ink from settling regularly on the skin and can impact the design’s definition.
Before undergoing any form of laser treatment, your removal specialist will declare whether there is any scar tissue present that may distort the results. They will also outline your own suitability for the treatment and your treatment care plan, including expert pre and post treatment advice.
Read our laser tattoo removal aftercare guidelines here.
Can you get a tattoo after laser hair removal?
The short answer is yes, and if anything, laser hair removal will enhance the final outcome of your tattoo as the skin will be smooth and long lastingly hair free.
Laser hair removal and tattoo removal treatments follow similar practices, where both use light and heat energy to target pigment in the skin: the treatments differ by targeting present hair follicles or ink pigment.
Laser hair removal treatments work to target the hair follicles in their most receptive, active hair growth stage and require multiple sessions to ensure the laser permanently disrupts the hair growing environment.
Similarly to laser tattoo removal treatment, the required sessions to remove the hair can vary, yet once completed, you can get a tattoo after 6 weeks.
- You can get a tattoo on previously tattooed skin
- Before getting a tattoo, laser hair removal can help enhance the final outcome
- Advancements in laser removal treatments mean Picoway tattoo removal is quicker than traditional methods
sk:n are a certified laser clinic and laser treatment provider who specialise in tattoo removal treatments. Before undergoing any treatment, you will have a bespoke consultation where your laser tattoo specialist will disclose your eligibility, give you expert advice and information on your desired treatment.
We offer a specialised product pack for clients, free with every 8 treatment course of laser tattoo removal, which includes a range of high quality brands and skincare products to help minimise irritation, prevent dehydration, soothe and deeply protect the tattooed skin.
The shifting ideals of attractiveness, androgyny in fashion, equality and education of gender identities is making the perceived embarrassment regarding men’s use of cosmetics to become smaller.
The stigma surrounding male grooming is falling and large brands like ASOS and Maybelline, are embracing a newer, gender inclusive approach and endorsing male ambassadors.
There is also a growing audience of men undergoing simple cosmetic procedures to enhance their features, male lip fillers being one of them.
Thin lips can affect both men and women, where men may be more apprehensive to make use of the quick cosmetic measures available to them.
Thin lips are mainly a genetic trait, but can become thinner in old age, where loss of the body’s natural lip plumping proteins, like collagen and elastin, cause the lips to recede throughout the years.
How to get fuller lips for men
If you find yourself asking, ‘how to get bigger lips?’ here are a few simple, at-home tips that can help (and no one will know):
- Exfoliate your lips
Physically exfoliating your lips with a dry toothbrush or a lip scrub, twice a week can help to remove any dead skin cell build up. Exfoliating also stimulates the blood vessels beneath, causing them to rush to the surface and giving you a bigger lip.
- Shave your face
Keeping your face smooth helps to draw attention to the lip area and if you want to accentuate your lips, removing distractions, like facial hair, may help to make your lips look more prominent.
- Keep hydrated
Drinking lots of water keeps your skin hydrated and avoids your lips becoming sore, cracked and flaky. Dehydrated skin depletes natural fulness making your lips look more shrunken than usual. Six to eight glasses of water a day is recommended in order to help your lips retain water and keep them looking full.
- Lip liner
There are many male-orientated make up products available online, or you can simply purchase the ones marketed for women – they are the same products.
Lip liner can be an easy way to create the illusion of a larger lip and subtlety is key when making the lips look bigger. Buy a lip pencil that matches your natural lip colour and very, very lightly draw just outside your natural lip shape. Use your finger to pat the colour in to ensure a solid application and subtlety.
- Invest in a firming lip balm
A lip plumper is a kind of lip balm that can also help to temporarily enlarge the lips. It works by causing the blood to rush to the surface of the skin and usually contains mild irritant ingredients which cause transient swelling.
If you want it to look unnoticeable, avoid balms with a shiny, lip gloss finish and seek ingredients like menthol and capsicum.
All these tips can help to improve your lip area, however, they will not help to significantly change the shape or size of your lips. If thin lips are causing you distress, taking a professional approach is the most effective option.
Lip fillers for men
In some cultures, thin lips on men can symbolise meanness and a fuller lip treatment may help make you more approachable and desirable to potential partners.
There are many celebrities who endorse the use of professional treatments as a way to effectively combat the signs of ageing and appearance dissatisfaction.
Social media has also championed lip enhancement and a larger lip, where Kylie Jenner, K-pop stars, Prince, Brad Pitt, Tom Hardy and Idris Elba are admired for their larger, fuller lips.
A strong protruding lip is also a common trait among male models. The number of men seeking lip fillers to help enhance their lips is growing and ‘a less is more’ approach is mostly preferred.
Most men’s lip fillers before and after photos show natural and subtle improvements in balance, symmetry and size.
Lip filler is a type of injectable dermal filler treatment and can work to subtly alter the lip shape, add volume and create definition to both lips, the bottom lip or top. Each treatment is modified, where the amount of filler used varies depending on your desired outcome.
At sk:n, the brand of lip filler we use is called Juvéderm® which is mainly formulated from hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a popular skincare ingredient and is derived from a natural sugar substance found in the body that has natural toning and firming abilities.
Lip filler treatment has minimal side effects and produces immediate results without the downtime and expense of plastic surgery. The key benefit of lip fillers is that they are completely reversible.
Therefore, if you are unhappy with your results, your nurse or doctor can immediately administer a solution which will dissolve the filler and leave no long term effect or damage.
Research suggests that men are increasingly dissatisfied with the way they look, so to improve the appearance of thin lips discreetly, lip fillers for men is the clear choice. Men should be free to correct and improve their appearance, don’t you agree?
- Men’s attitudes towards grooming are positively changing
- Societal shifts in attractiveness have made larger lips more sought out for
- Larger lips can be temporarily accentuated at home through
- Lip fillers are long lasting and can be used by everyone
- Fillers can be discreet enough to give natural and subtle looking results to help boost volume, create definition and correct lip asymmetry
If you’re considering lip fillers or anti-ageing treatments for men, then sk:n can help. As the largest skin clinics group in Europe, we have the most experienced doctors and nurses who can give you the look you’ve been dreaming of.
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With hotter days and lighter evenings to come, staying fresh is essential this summer. If you are anxious over the adverse effects of sweating and are struggling to keep cool, below is everything you need to know about excessive sweating and how to keep it at a minimum.
Why do we sweat?
Sweat and sweating are a sign your body is cooling down and can be prompted by hot weather, intense exercise, hormone fluctuations and emotions. Sweating is a normal bodily function that helps to regulate body temperature through the evaporation of perspiration.
Sweat is an electrolyte solution composed of 99% water, yet it can contain traces of sodium chloride, potassium, bicarbonate, calcium, magnesium, ammonia and urea.
The two most prominent sweat glands in the body are the eccrine and apocrine glands. The sweat produced from the eccrine glands consists mostly of water, and it is described as salty due to excess salt and proteins being released simultaneously. These glands cover most of the body, although sweat tends to denser on the soles of the feet, forehead and palms.
The apocrine glands are located on the armpits, groin and chest area, and are responsible for body odour and the releasing of pheromones. The apocrine glands secrete oily substances that are deposited through the hair canals, which is why they are found in areas that grow the most hair. As hair follicles can trap bacteria and odour, these areas are usually known to be the most prominently scented.
The sweat glands are fundamental in keeping our core body temperature at a constant level (between 36 – 37 degrees), as when the body becomes too hot, it can overwhelm our natural heat regulation process leading to hyperthermia (the opposite to hypothermia).
What is excessive sweating a sign of?
Excessive sweating is usually defined as such when it interferes with your daily activities and causes emotional distress. There are many reasons for heavy sweating, with menopause and pregnancy increasing your likelihood of experiencing its adverse effects, such as hot flushes and soaked clothes.
Underlying medical conditions such as having an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), diabetes, low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia) and hyperhidrosis may also result in excessive sweating, night sweats and heat intolerance. Obesity and alcoholism can trigger episodes of heavy sweating also.
Sweat gland disorders are the common cause of any sweat related issues and can result in excessive sweating, decreased sweating and even no sweating at all. The condition responsible for excessive sweating is called hyperhidrosis and it is often harmless.
Hyperhidrosis is not a life-threatening condition, yet it can have a negative impact on the quality of life and lead to social withdrawal and feelings of self-consciousness. It can affect most parts of the body, but it commonly affects the armpits, hands and feet.
There are two types of hyperhidrosis, primary and secondary, and both are characterised by abnormal, excessive sweating and an overactivity within the sweat glands.
Primary hyperhidrosis has no underlying medical cause and excess sweating is not necessarily heat or exercise related.
Secondary hyperhidrosis, on the other hand, is the opposite. This means that any heavy sweating caused is due to a pre-existing medical condition.
If you are worried about abnormal sweating, or experience sudden changes in sweat levels, consult your doctor as this may mean an underlying medical condition is present and needs addressing.
How to stop excessive sweating
Unfortunately there is no cure for heavy sweating, however treating excessive sweating can be found through professional and natural means.
To reduce sweating naturally, it is recommended to wear breathable, lightweight fabrics such as cotton and linen and avoid wearing tight fitting, synthetic fabrics such as nylon.
As the feet can be a highly affected area with hyperhidrosis, wearing open-toed shoes and switching to mesh-based shoes for exercise can help reduce bacteria, odour and sweat build ups. Wearing absorbent socks, white and black clothes can also help hide the effects of heavy sweating and although this is not a permanent option, it can make you feel more comfortable.
Certain lifestyle changes can also help to minimise the effects of sweating. Switching from a deodorant to an antiperspirant may help prevent additional wetness as, unlike deodorants which only protects against odour, antiperspirants protect against both. Antiperspirants are effective as they contain active ingredients that work to temporarily obstruct the sweat glands. Look for aluminium chlorohydrate and aluminium zirconium on your antiperspirant ingredient list.
If you prefer a more natural approach, foods with highly acidic properties like lemon and apple cider vinegar, can be used as a solution to rub directly on the affected areas, which may help to remove bacteria and close up pores.
Spicy foods, alcohol and caffeine may also make your sweating worse, so avoiding these foods may help to lessen any adverse effects. These foods stimulate the adrenal glands, causing body temperature to rise and activating the heat regulation response where sweat is secreted to help cool the body. Sweat shields can also help disguise the effects of excessive sweating and act as a physical cover to hide sweat patches and blot wetness.
Excessive sweating treatment
Depending on the severity of your excessive sweating, your doctor may refer you to a specialist dermatologist. Alternatively, you could book a consultation with one of our expert dermatologists to take you through the causes and treatment options available to you.
Professional treatments for hyperhidrosis are:
- Oral medications – to help prevent the stimulation of sweat glands
- Prescription antiperspirants with clinical strength
- Iontophoresis – a mild electrical current is passed through a water solution to allow ions to cross the skin’s barrier and block sweat ducts
- Anti-sweat injections – an extremely effective and clinically proven treatment option to reduce sweating
Injectable treatments work significantly to reduce sweating in hyperhidrosis cases. The treatment follows a similar practice to Botox injections, where a small protein solution is administered into the problematic area to temporarily block stimulation of the nerves.
When used to treat excessive sweating, the protein acts as an effective barrier to calm any overactivity in the sweat glands. The side effects are minimal, with aftereffects such as mild localised swelling and visibility of entry holes, disappearing within 2 – 24 hours. The main benefits of injectable treatments are that they have fast acting results, and can be seen almost instantly.
- Sweating is normal and is only a problem when it affects your daily life and causes emotional distress
- Hyperhidrosis is the medical name for heavy sweating and it is usually harmless
- If you have sudden changes in your sweating, you may be experiencing symptoms of an underlying condition and should speak to your doctor
- Sweating can be reduced through vigilant lifestyle habits, prescribed medications and antiperspirants
- Injectable treatments can help to drastically minimise sweating with fast acting results
All injectable treatments at sk:n are aligned within the highest medical practices, use highly regulated ingredients and excellent apparatus to help you enjoy the summer without the worry of excessive sweating.
Find your nearest clinic and book an appointment with a doctor today! Alternatively, click here for more information about hyperhidrosis treatment.
Cosmetic tattoos, such as eyebrow tattoos, eyeliner and lipstick, resemble makeup and can be a permanent means of simplifying your beauty regime. However, as trends change and the shape and style of your now permanent eyebrows haven’t, permanent makeup often goes wrong. Here is what you need to know about removing an unwanted eyebrow tattoo.
How to remove permanent eyebrow tattoos?
The most effective way of removing facial tattoos is through laser tattoo removal. Laser tattoo removal works towards complete removal, with each session aiming to eliminate any remaining pigment in the skin. Permanent makeup removal treatments, such as eyebrow tattoos, fall under laser tattoo removal and as it is a large treatment umbrella, many areas of the body and face are eligible.
There are some at-home tattoo removal methods, yet as the eyebrows are a very visible part of the face, mistakes cannot be easily hidden.
Salabrasion is a painful, invasive at-home treatment that involves the physical exfoliation of the epidermis (the visible, first layer of skin) by rubbing salt over the tattooed area afterwards. This old-school, undesirable method of removing tattoos is extremely dangerous and can leave you with extreme pain and scarring.
Tattoo removal creams are another at-home option, however as the eyebrows are a sensitive, delicate part of the face, they can cause irritation due to the harsh chemical content they inhabit. Removal creams have bleaching properties where pigmentation issues can also arise.
At-home dermabrasion machines, when used under improper supervision, can cause scabbing and scarring. They work to lighten tattoos by filing away the upper layer of skin – taking a similar approach to salabrasion.
At-home removal methods such as salabrasion, removal creams and those that mimic professional treatments like dermabrasion, can all lead to adverse side effects such as burning, swelling, itching, scabbing, discolouration, infection and permanent scarring. Laser tattoo removal is recommended to avoid any long term, detrimental effects.
How does laser eyebrow tattoo removal work?
Laser tattoo removal and laser hair removal are treatments that both follow a similar practice, so if you have had laser hair removal before, you will know what to expect from laser tattoo removal. Both treatments use hand held laser devices to target pigment in the skin, with tattoo removal targeting ink pigment rather than hair pigment.
The wavelengths, either red light or infrared, in the laser disrupt the natural state of the pigment, causing the ink particles to shatter and dissolve. The tattoo removal works to remove any ink present and each treatment helps to fade and lighten the tattooed areas.
Developments in tattoo removal technologies mean that complete removal can be achieved, and in half the time as traditional tattoo removal. Picoway Tattoo Removal is an exclusive, innovative laser treatment available at sk:n that employs patented short-pulse laser technology to the target desired area. The high pulse repetition of the laser means that the ink is broken down faster due to the increased levels of concentrated energy aimed directly to the skin.
How much does laser eyebrow tattoo removal cost?
Treatment length depends on tattoo variables like ink type and tattoo size. As the eyebrows are small treatments areas, less treatments may be needed compared to body tattoos.
The amount of courses needed may also depend on what kind of removal you want to achieve, whether you require a full removal or just partial removal. Partial removals are common among clients who are mostly happy with their eyebrow tattoo, yet want to adjust the shape, thickness or style before revisiting their tattoo artist.
Treatment packages and prices range from £52 to £98, and can increase depending on area size.
- Cosmetic tattoos can help simplify makeup routines, but can never guarantee satisfaction
- Laser tattoo removal can be used to completely remove unwanted eyebrow tattoos
- At-home treatments can leave you with permanent alterations like scarring and discolouration
- Picoway Tattoo Removal can be used as a quick option for fast eyebrow removal for those following a tight schedule
As the UK’s leading skin clinic, sk:n offers professional laser tattoo removal treatments for the eyebrows using state-of-the-art equipment. Our procedures are performed in the safest environments and under the highest medical practices. Find your nearest clinic and book an appointment today!
Face tattoos have grown in popularity, but research suggests a lot of people either regret getting them, or want to check they can be removed beforehand (in case they change their mind later on). We have done the research on everything you need to know about facial tattoo removal so you can make an informed decision before fully committing to getting a tattoo on your face.
Can you get face tattoos removed?
Facial tattoos were originally symbols of affiliations, cultures and mourning where now they are statements of style and art and are often regretted. Advancements in laser technology, (such as Picoway Tattoo Removal) means most face tattoos can be removed efficiently and in half the time compared to traditional treatments. However, some tattoos are more difficult to remove than others.
Due to the delicate nature of the facial skin, tattoo removal is a gradual process where each treatment works to help fade and lighten any existing facial art. Large, dark tattoos are harder to remove than smaller, lighter tattoos as the highly pigmented areas will require more attention. Length of treatment courses may also depend on how far the ink has penetrated into the skin layers.
Removing facial tattoos on people with darker complexions, skin and medical conditions may mean complications arise and can potentially produce an ‘ashy’ aftereffect. This does not mean it is impossible to do, it just means a thorough approach is needed to find the best treatment path for you. During your initial consultation, your laser practitioner will outline any potential risks and recommend the most suitable treatment options available.
How does it work?
Laser tattoo removal works to dissolve and target the pigment present on the skin’s surface and it is usually administered by a small held hand device that emits a concentrated light to the tattoo area. This facilitates the breaking down of ink particles.
Removing facial tattoos can be more painful than removing tattoos on other parts of the body as there is less fat between the skin and the bone.
When removing a tattoo on the skin above a bone, the nerves are more exposed which may cause mild discomfort. Usually during a session, numbing agents and cooling gels can be applied to ensure a pain-free experience.
Removing neck and face tattoos requires even more caution as there are arteries located on either side of the neck that circulate a large vascular supply throughout the body, meaning it is a complex and delicate area to treat, both for tattoo artists and laser removal specialists.
What are the risks?
When administered by a professional clinician, the risks of facial tattoo removal are minimal as all laser treatments are rigorously tested before being deemed safe to use.
Micro-pigmentation is one risk that may arise. This is the process where untraditional inks, containing titanium oxide, have been used to pigment the skin. Titanium oxide reacts differently under the laser which means that small fragments of ink still remain. These particles can be removed, but may require further treatment and the use of specialised lasers.
How much does it cost?
For complete removal, we recommend 6 – 8 treatments with prices ranging from £65 – £275 per session depending on tattoo type. Purchasing a package treatment is the most economical choice. However, make-up can be used as a temporary cover for tattoos whilst contemplating a permanent removal option.
See our price guide here.
- Facial tattoos (including cosmetic ones such as eyebrow tattoos) can be removed through laser tattoo removal.
- Picoway Tattoo Removal can remove tattoos in half the time compared to traditional laser removals.
- Laser tattoo removal is not instant but can help achieve complete removal of unwanted face and neck tattoos.
Here at sk:n, we accept nothing other than the best standard of pre-treatment, treatment and aftercare. Every year our team of highly trained practitioners conduct thousands of tattoo removal procedures. Find your nearest clinic and book an appointment today!
Tattoo removal is at an all-time high, and it’s not surprising considering up to a third of people with tattoos regret them, according to the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD). Since many of those with unwanted tattoos will be wondering whether the NHS will cover the costs of tattoo removal, we explore what it takes to obtain this kind of support.
Can you get tattoo removal on the NHS?
The NHS rarely carries out tattoo removal, as it is normally considered a cosmetic procedure. Under the current rules, NHS spending is only justified if the tattoo is causing severe psychological distress to the individual.
A recent NHS example is the removal of Nazi tattoos a young man had done when he was 16. He felt they were ruining his life chances, leaving him unable to move on from his past teenage mistakes.
Cases for tattoo removal on the NHS are considered by a number of associations, with the Primary Care Trust taking the final decision. It can be a very lengthy process.
First the individual needs to show how the tattoo affects them negatively, and is causing problems such as low confidence or depression. A psychological assessment may be undertaken to ensure the individual truly qualifies for the procedure. Even if tattoo removal NHS funding is approved, there may be another period of waiting for the actual procedure.
Fortunately with private tattoo removal, the only criterion for starting treatment is the desire to remove the tattoo. Furthermore, a private clinic will be able to provide a range of tailored options at different prices, according to the unique type, size and colour of the tattoo.
Although NHS funding is rare, between 2010 and 2015 over £330,000 from the already stretched NHS budget was spent on tattoo removal. Many people feel it is unfair to use NHS funds to remove a tattoo they no longer like. Therefore, the only option is to go private.
Going to private means specialist treatment by experienced professionals can begin without delay, and you won’t need to worry about covering up your tattoo ahead of a special occasion.
At sk:n, we deliver safe and efficient laser tattoo removal sessions (including Pico tattoo removal), specifically designed for those who want to get rid of unwanted ink.
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In pre-Covid times, your average evening out with the girls would have set you back around £70, and a few nights on the tiles every month and suddenly you were spending almost £1,700 a year on cocktails and dancing. Oh, and don’t forget the £303 a year you would typically spend on takeaway coffee. While this may very well have been money well spent, whilst we are living in lockdown, this is also money – and time – well saved.
So, let’s be smart about how this spare time and extra money is used – how about in our skincare routine?
Hectic schedules have typically meant our skincare routine has been a bit more slap dash than we wanted it to be. No judgement here – we’re all guilty of reaching for a face wipe to quickly remove make-up after a long day rather than the three, four, five, six step routine we should be indulging our skin in.
What’s more, the extra money we are saving from the halt to our commutes, midday coffees and eating out with friends could be the investment fund we need to discover true skin confidence.
Now we have a bit of extra time and spare cash on our hands, Dr Shaaira Nasir, consultant dermatologist for sk:n clinics, shares her skin saviours and investment recommendations to help you combat wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and tired eyes to help us reap the benefits of an investment that will 100% pay off.
Fine lines and wrinkles
Wrinkles – we all get them, they are an unavoidable part of the ageing process (unless you have never moved a muscle in your face, that is). Wrinkles and fine lines exist because whenever we move our face or neck, our muscles contract, and this repetition sets grooves into the skin.
As we age, we naturally produce less elastin, collagen and hyaluronic acid, meaning the skin is more susceptible to damage and it loses its natural firmness, making wrinkles and fine lines more prominent. Wrinkles are often a sign of a life lived well, but they can make some of us feel self-conscious – and the good news is, there is plenty that can be done!
- Retinol is generally regarded to be the most effective anti-ageing ingredient, and the Medik8 Retinol 3-10TR+ Intense™ (£33 for 15ml) is a fast-absorbing anti-ageing serum that tackles fine lines, wrinkles and dullness, while being gentle on the skin.0.3% retinol is the ideal starter product if you haven’t used this ingredient on your skin before and want to test it out.
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- For a product that plumps and smooths, try The Organic Pharmacy Hyaluronic Acid Serum (£30 for 30ml), which is clinically proven to increase the skins moisture levels, leaving it soft and smooth, and with visibly reduced lines and wrinkles. It features 0.2% hyaluronic acid to boost the skins natural protective barrier and lock in moisture for longer.
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This is a cutting edge anti-injectable hydration treatment which contains high levels of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring compound which helps to improve the texture and elasticity in the skin. It can be administered at the top of the cheeks, sided of the face, area around the mouth, nasolabial folds and laughter lines as well as around the neck, chest and decolletage.
It is highly versatile and can treat a range of concerns, leaving your skin looking plumped and fresher with a lovely glow. A single treatment starts at £350.
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If you aren’t keen on injectable treatments, then microneedling could be more your thing; it involves using small needles to cause tiny punctures to the skin which stimulates the healing process.
As the skin repairs, the production of collagen and elastin is triggered and your skin almost immediately looks and feels invigorated and plump, smoothing out the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Treatment starts at £150.
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Based on a saving of £2,000 a year, you could afford to invest in a course of Profhilo® and some lovely new skincare products to keep your skin looking and feeling fresh and at its best.
Described as blotches that are darker than your natural skin colour, hyperpigmentation can be caused by sun exposure, genetics, hormonal changes such as pregnancy and trauma to the skin, such as a burn or the result of picking spots.
This discolouration occurs because when your skin is damaged or unhealthy, it produces extra melanin, which is your natural pigment, to protect it. Our faces are most at risk of hyperpigmentation due to sun exposure which explains why we are more likely to experience these blotches as we age.
- The SkinCeuticals Advanced Pigment Corrector (£95 for 30ml) is a gentle but effective cream that addresses discolouration, improves skin tone and enhances luminosity. Salicylic Acid exfoliates and removes dead skin whilst other powerful ingredients target stubborn patches of hyperpigmentation whilst preventing recurrence and restoring radiance.
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- Another product that targets skin discolouration is The Organic Pharmacy Skin Stabilised Vitamin C Serum (£45 for 30ml). Packed with a concentrated dose of 15% Vitamin C, this serum brightens and hydrates the skin to improve uneven skin tone and counter pigmentation. It also helps to boost collagen production to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
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- CO2RE laser resurfacing
This is often referred to as ablative laser treatment and uses targeted laser energy to remove a few millimetres of the top layer of the skin to reveal the new youthful skin underneath. It encourages the natural healing process whilst stimulating the production of collagen for fresher, more youthful looking skin.
In many cases, one treatment is all that is needed to rejuvenate the skin and reduce the visibility of hyperpigmentation. Three full face treatments are currently available from £770.
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- Skin Peels
If you don’t feel quite ready for laser treatment, then skin peels are a good place to start as the benefits are vast. They harness the power of naturally occurring acids to exfoliate and brighten the skin, as well as stimulate new cell growth and target patches of hyperpigmentation.
There are a variety of different types of skin peels, and a sk:n dermatologist can advise on the right one for you. A course of three glycolic peels starts from £53 per treatment.
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Based on a saving of £2,000 a year, you could afford to invest in a course of CO2Re with three skin peels to keep the skin in tip top condition, as well as some new skincare products.
Our eyes are often the first place to show the signs of ageing. Crow’s feet and laughter lines, sagging skin around the eyelids and dark circles under the eyes, tired eyes can present themselves in many ways.
Generally, lines, wrinkles and dark circles (which are in fact hyperpigmentation) around the eyes are caused by years of frequent muscle contractions from lots of laughter, intense concentration and squinting from the sun as well as environmental factors such as sun exposure, pollution and cigarette smoke.
Combined with the fact that as we age, we naturally produce less collagen and elastin (which are responsible for the skins plumpness and elasticity), it means that the skin around the eyes can start to look tired, regardless of how much sleep you are getting.
- Ideal for more mature skin, SkinCeuticals Eye Balm (£75 for 14ml) is a rich, hydrating cream that is enriched with Vitamin E, Silymarin and Aloe Vera and reduces the appearance of puffiness. It targets age-related damage around the eye and helps to keep skin hydrated and looking firm.
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- Another excellent anti-ageing option is Medik8 C-Tetra® Eye (£35 for 30ml) which is a gentle yet powerful serum formulated to smooth fine lines and wrinkles specifically around the eye area to make the skin appear fresh and rejuvenated.
Buy Medik8 C-Tetra® Eye (30ml)
- Tear-trough filler
Dark circles under the eyes can sometimes be due to loss of volume under the eyes and this can be corrected by under-eye filler also known as tear-trough filler.
This will plump up the area under the eye by reducing the shadow effect caused by hollowness, and will reduce the appearance of fine lines under the eyes making the eye area look more hydrated. The treatment lasts up to 18 months and costs around £390.
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- Anti-ageing injectables
Anti-ageing injectables are particularly good at addressing wrinkles caused by repetitive facial movements, such as laughter, and can be administered around the eye by a trained professional to leave you with more youthful looking skin. A single treatment starts at £210.
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Based on a saving of £2,000 a year, you could afford to invest in a series of anti-injectables to keep your skin looking fresh and healthy, supported by a range of skincare products.
Dr. Shaaira Nasir says…
I often tell my clients: ‘Invest in your skin, it’s going to represent you for a long time.’ Our skin is the largest organ to act as a barrier against infection and dehydration, and not looking after it properly can make our bodies more susceptible to infection and increase the complications of ageing.
Some people may think that a long-winded skincare routine is too high-maintenance or skincare products are only possible with lots of disposable income.
However, with a bit of research and some guidance from an expert dermatologist, investing in effective products that take care of your skin will not only deliver impactful results, but save you money and protect your long-term health as your skin will be nourished with ‘good for you’ ingredients that simultaneously prevents long-term damage.
If you’re looking for a tailored skincare regimen and product recommendations, book a video consultation online or in clinic with one of our consultant dermatologists to find a solution that is right for you. A doctor or nurse will determine if treatment can be started at this time.
Discover your Skin Confidence this BLACK FRIDAY
We’ve unveiled a wide range of Black Friday offers to help you on your journey to flawless skin.
We all know radiant skin can do wonders for our confidence. Two in five adults believe clear skin gives them a confidence boost, whereas over one quarter put it down to a glowing complexion* – and who can blame them?! After the year we’ve all had, there’s no question that we’re in need of a pick-me-up. Feeling great about our skin and indulging in a bit of self-care is a great place to start!
Here at sk:n, it’s our mission to make it as easy as possible for you to discover your inner skin confidence, with the help of our experts at sk:n and The Skin Experts. That’s why we’ve launched an exclusive range of super Black Friday offers, as an early Christmas treat from us to you…
* OnePoll Survey of 2,000 UK Adults, December 2019
Here’s a round-up of what’s on offer:
Discover better skin: glow up, revive and rejuvenate…
Our expert Dr Firas Al-Niaimi, Consultant Dermatologist at sk:n clinics says: “If you’re suffering with, dry, dull skin, which is prone to breakouts, or you simply want to give your skin a glow up before the festive season, there are a range of treatments that can help you discover your skin confidence…
Skin Peels harness the power of naturally occurring acids and active ingredients to deeply exfoliate and brighten the skin.
The award-winning HydraFacial is the ultimate skin detoxifying and deep cleansing experience which rejuvenates your skin with active botanical ingredients.
A microdermabrasion facial is a deeply effective treatment that renews your skin and gives a fresher, younger-looking glow.
Microneedling stimulates the collagen cells, as well as releasing some of the growth factors that can kick start the process of skin regeneration. The results? Reduce fine lines and wrinkles, plump facial volume and fade acne scarring.”
POPULAR TREATMENTS BLACK FRIDAY OFFERS
Discover enhanced confidence with our specially selected skincare packages…
Rejuvenate pack 1:
30% off Rejuvenate + £50 to spend at The Skin Experts – discover brighter, younger, clearer skin
When you buy a course of micro needling treatments AND a course of HydraFacial (only applies to courses of 3 or 6)
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Revive pack 2:
30% off Revive + £20 to spend at The Skin Experts – discover revitalised, glowing skin
When you buy a course of microdermabrasion or skin peels AND a course of HydraFacial (only applies to courses of 3 or 6)
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Glow pack 3:
3 for 2 on Glow Up + £20 to spend at The Skin Experts – discover glowing, renewed skin
Get glowing and get 3 for 2 on peels or HydraFacial this Black Friday
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Our leading dermatologist, Dr Firas Al Niaimi, says: “Laser hair removal is one of the only treatments to offer a longer term and permanent approach to getting rid of unwanted body hair. However, before diving in it pays to do your research to get the best results. Here are my top three need-to-knows:
- Take note of your skin type: If you have a darker skin tone, the long-pulsed Nd YAG laser will be safest and most appropriate.
- Winter is best: Exposure to sunlight can cause your skin to become more sensitive to the light energy used and can put you at a higher risk of ending up with hyperpigmentation or even burns or scarring.
- It can take time: It can take just two or three weeks after your first treatment to see a difference in hair, but it will take the full 8 – 12 treatments to get the full result.
- Hair pigmentation matters: As the laser is attracted to pigment in the hair follicle, your practitioner will advise on whether your unwanted hair is dark enough to achieve great results.”
LASER HAIR REMOVAL BLACK FRIDAY OFFERS
Wave goodbye to the razor. Save up to 55% on laser hair removal + FREE product pack worth up to £75
- FREE sk:n product worth up to £30
- FREE aftercare pack worth £45
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Skin saviours at home…
Our expert, Dr Jinah Yoo, Consultant Dermatologist, says: “It is really important to understand your own skin type so that you can find the correct skincare products for. With many of us going make-up free while staying at home, we should take the opportunity to monitor our skin throughout the day. Knowing whether you have oily, dry, or combination skin is vital as not all skincare products will be right for everyone.”
SKINCARE BLACK FRIDAY OFFERS
Discover skincare that works for you with the following product offers:
In line with the latest government guidelines, we are only offering medical treatments until 2nd December 2020. For clients visiting us for non-essential cosmetic treatments, we have an online pay now, book later policy. If you would like more information or to take advantage of these offers, visit our Black Friday page here.
We are proud to offer our treatments in a CQC registered, clinical environment, ensuring our clients the highest standard of safety, hygiene, treatment and care, so when you visit us at sk:n, you can be assured that you will be in the safest hands. You can find out more about our industry leading policy and safety protocols here, which includes the Government track and trace system so please download the app prior to your visit.
We have spoken with one of our leading skincare doctors to share everything you need to know about the skin condition, as well as what products and treatments are currently available to help manage those flare ups
World Psoriasis Day is here (29th October), and with more people opening up and coming forward about the skin condition to share awareness on it, we thought now would be a great time to pick the brains of our leading consultant and Medical Director, Dr Daron Seukeran on everything there is to know about the skin condition.
1. How is it caused?
Psoriasis is a condition that shows up on the skin as red, flaky and almost crusty patches that are covered in silvery scales. It occurs when skin cells are replaced more quickly than usual – it is not known exactly why this happens, but research suggests it is down to your immune system overreacting, leading to your body producing new skin cells in the deepest layer of the skin . The creation of new skin cells normally takes around three to four weeks and in people who suffer with Psoriasis the process can be as quick as three to seven days.
2. It can appear anywhere!
The most common areas it can appear are on the scalp, elbows and knees but can also appear anywhere else on the body. It will usually come up similar to a rash that is itchy and sore. The symptoms however can be completely unique to the individual as there are many different types of Psoriasis. This is also the same for the severity of the condition, it can very much vary person to person.
Not only does it affect the body’s surface with its markings, but it can also have an impact on the mental health of those living with it as well as other conditions such as other inflammatory diseases including cardiovascular disease, arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.
3. It is more common that you think
With around 1.1 million people in the UK living with psoriasis, which is roughly 2%. So, even if you don’t have it yourself it is very likely you know someone who does. Symptoms can often start to appear during teenage years, and mostly affect those under the age of 35, however, symptoms can also start at any age.
Did you know? There are a number of celebrities such as Cara Delevingne, Kris Kardashian, Kim Kardashian West and even Alan Carr who have publicly shared their experiences of living with the skin condition
4. It is totally manageable
Psoriasis cannot be cured; however, there are many treatments now available to help control and manage the condition. It is important to understand your triggers and what may induce a flare up. This may be achieved by leading a healthy lifestyle as well as managing your stress levels, as these factors can also impact on flare ups. There are also a number of ointments and creams available to use, however it is advised that you seek advice from your GP or a dermatologist to make sure you are opting for the right product.
In addition to this, specialist treatments, such as Phototherapy, where your skin is exposed to certain types of ultraviolet light, have been found to be very effective in people suffering with Psoriasis. There are also oral medications which can be very effective but in those who fail in all treatments there is the option of a new generation of injectable treatments now available, known as Biologics, which is transforming the treatment of the condition, helping sufferers to effectively manage their symptoms.
For more information on consultations, or to book an appointment for help in managing Psoriasis, or any other skin conditions with her, click here.