Do you have a tattoo that makes you think about the permanency of tattoos with nothing but regret, frustration and embarrassment? Maybe your tattoo artist had limited English skills and left out a letter, or perhaps you have an unwelcome reminder of your ex down your arm. Or maybe you have an ‘aesthetic’ Chinese script on your back that turned out to translate to “turkey sandwich”, or aren’t quite enjoying the cartoon moustache trend of the early 2010s.
No matter your failed tattoo experience, SkinDoc has good news for you: the permanency of tattoos is a myth! At our Liverpool-based dermatology clinic, we offer tattoo removal services to make you feel confident in your own skin again.
Tattoo removal is a medical procedure that involves using lasers to break down the tattoo ink and remove it from the skin. Dr Yip uses Q-switched lasers that operate by emitting short, high-energy pulses of light that are absorbed by the tattoo ink. The energy from the laser breaks the ink into smaller particles, which are then naturally absorbed and eliminated by the body. There are three different types of Q-switched lasers, which are used depending on an individual’s skin type and the tattoo ink colour.
If you are looking to have a tattoo removed, there are some steps that help you prepare for the procedure. Some are listed below, and more information can be provided by Dr Yip at SkinDoc.
- For four weeks pre-removal, you should refrain from UV tanning beds and tattoo exposure to the sun.
- Self-tanning products should not be used for 2 weeks before the procedure.
- Use sunscreen of SPF 30 or above each day.
- Three days before the procedure, avoid using products in the tattoo area that lead to photosensitivity.
- Before the procedure, shower or bath to ensure clean, lotion and cream-free skin. You may also want to shave the tattoo area.
There are a few common symptoms following your tattoo removal. Some patients experience swelling, bruising, blisters or scabs after 12 to 72 hours of the procedure. These symptoms can last for 1 to 2 weeks, or slightly longer. If you have any concerns, it’s important that you contact our staff at SkinDoc. You may also require follow-up treatments, depending on the colour, depth and intensity of your tattoo, to ensure it is fully removed. All required information regarding post-procedure healing and laser services will be provided by Dr Yip.
Are you wanting a tattoo removed? Contact SkinDoc Liverpool-based dermatology clinic today at 9602 5785 to make an appointment. From here, our well-equipped staff will provide all the required information about the necessary procedures to replace ink with confidence.