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Many patients state that during laser treatments on the face, they can see red flashes of light despite wearing snug fitting, lead-lined eye-shields, and in most cases also having their eyes closed.Rest assured that as long as the eye-shields are sung over your eyes, there is no risk to your eyes.
"Seeing" these flashes of light could be related to a phenomenon called synesthesia where in essence two senses become linked. In this case hearing the snap of the laser or feeling the "pop" of the reaction in the skin, triggers a visual response as well. There are many forms of synesthesia. Some are more common than others. "Seeing" sound or pressure seems to be one of the more common forms. Have you ever been lying in bed nearly asleep, eyes tightly shut, and suddenly there is a loud crash. You see a bright flash of light, but no lights are on or have been on? Or have you ever rubbed your eyes in a dark room and seen white or red spots where you are applying pressure? These are other examples of synesthesia.
Though this is a somewhat common occurrence, it is important to let the laser specialist know that you are seeing light so that they can make certain that your eye-shields are positioned properly. If all checks out, treatment can resume even though you may continue to "see" flashes of light as the laser pulses.
When a tattoo doesn't age gracefully or an idea just isn't executed to your liking, a cover-up or reworking the tattoo may be viable options. Sometimes, however, the original tattoo may be too dark to allow for many new or different options. In cases like these, a few sessions of laser tattoo removal can be a great way to lighten the ink and expand your cover-up options. By having a few laser treatments, you may be able to cover the tattoo with a wider variety of colors or the new tattoo may be able to be smaller than originally thought.
The number of laser treatments necessary to make your desired cover-up possible is dependent on a number of factors including the colors desired for the cover-up, how dense and dark the original tattoo was, the experience of your tattoo artist, and more. When having laser tattoo removal treatments for the purpose of a cover-up, we recommend having 2 treatments and then consulting with your artist to get his/her thoughts on how much lighter the tattoo needs to be to achieve an awesome cover-up. Typically 3-5 treatments are necessary.
After the necessary number of laser tattoo removal treatments, it is important to wait until your skin is fully healed before getting your cover-up. As soon as your skin is healed from the last laser treatment, have a great time getting your new awesome ink, like the one pictured below. The "op" in the before picture was treated at Vanish 3 times. Once it was healed, Daddy Jack at Daddy Jack's Body Art Studio fixed the typo and added color to complete this beautiful piece. The client is super happy with the new ink. Also pictured is the progression of the laser treatments on the "op" section of the tattoo.
Summer is fast approaching and with it comes swimming pools and trips to the lake. Keeping cool in the Texas heat is important, but after laser treatments, care must be taken.
The biggest risk with laser tattoo removal treatments is secondary infection. Soaking the treated area in a swimming pool, lake or even the bathtub can increase that risk. The treated area should not be soaked for the first two or three days and longer if you have any active scabbing or blistering. It’s not that we don’t want you to enjoy your summer; rather we want you to see the best results with the least discomfort possible. Taking care of your tattoo after laser treatments is one of the easiest ways to ensure great results from your treatments.
Once your tattoo is healed, free from active scabbing and blistering, enjoy your trips to the lake and pool, but remember sunscreen. That treated tattoo will have brand-new sensitive skin on it and will be quite susceptible to burning.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact the office at 817-585-4100. Our certified laser specialists are always happy to answer your questions.
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The weather is getting warmer and we’re beginning to spend more time outside. Enjoying the sun is a great way to spend your time off, but if you’re undergoing laser tattoo removal treatments or considering starting the process, care must be used when exposing your skin to the sun.
Sun exposure can be beneficial for tattoo removal, but it must be done cautiously. Right after laser treatment and until the skin is healed, sun exposure is not recommended. After healing, cautiously enjoy the sun. The sun can help to fade tattoo ink and help to promote healthy skin growth. Additionally sun exposure can help to repopulate hypopigmentation caused during laser treatments. Hyperpigmentation can also be helped through sun exposure as sunlight helps the body to regulate its natural melanin production.
There is a downside to sun exposure, though. Too much sun can lead to a sunburn. Laser treatments cannot be performed on sunburned skin. Also a dark tan, beautiful as it may be, can decrease the effectiveness of the laser on the ink. It is no secret that the laser is attracted to melanin, the substance that gives our skin and hair color. The more melanin, the more the laser will be attracted to the skin color rather than the tattoo ink. This is not to say that tattoo removal is impossible on darker skin tones, but it can be slightly more difficult so it is best to maintain your skin’s natural color at least in the area to be treated.
Please, do enjoy the sun, but do so with caution especially if you are undergoing or considering laser tattoo removal treatments.
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