The importance of skincare after laser treatment to remove tattoos

By Dr. Adriana Ribe. RibeClinic, Barcelona.

What do you do about that tattoo that you don’t want and don’t even like any more? Falling out of love, trends, a change in lifestyle or a poor aesthetic result are the main reasons why people want to get rid of their tattoos.

Nowadays, tattoos can be removed. I would advise you to think carefully before getting a tattoo, for health reasons and with a view to the future when you might want to get rid of it.

A tattoo changes the colour of the skin, creating a picture or text drawn under the epidermis with ink or another pigment, but its meaning goes beyond mere ink. There are moments in life that we decide to imprint on our skin forever, a special occasion like a wedding or an anniversary, our partner’s name, a child’s name or a symbol that has a specific meaning that is personal to us. But life takes many different turns and that special moment or person can lose their significance for us and become something we simply don’t want to be reminded of every day. What do we do then with that tattoo that we don’t want and don’t even like any more? How do we get rid of the tattooed name of the person who at one time, we believed was the love of our life, but then we ended up separating from them? Where can we get rid of that tattoo that is just too big?

Often the decision to get a tattoo is made impulsively, and the subsequent regret about getting a tattoo is increasingly common. Falling out of love, changes in fashion, poor quality tattoos or changes in lifestyle are the main reasons.

Creating tattoos is a real art form, but knowing how to get rid of them definitively and without leaving any scars or marks is an art form too.

Up until now, the treatments to remove tattoos were not completely satisfactory as they didn’t get rid of tattoos 100% and they could leave scars and were less effective on coloured tattoos. But now, the new technology and experience of the professionals in the sector make it possible to effectively and safely remove a tattoo.

Here are my recommendations for safely removing that reminder you no longer want:

– Go to specialist doctors with experience in this laser technique who have the latest technology offering better and safer results. The PicoWay picoseconds laserpermanently removes tattoos of all colours, on all skin types and with minimal or no damage to the skin. And, 3 months ago, it started using the new laser 785nm wavelength for the tricky greens and blues used in tattoos.

– Follow the long-term care advice once all the laser sessions have finished. At RibeClinic we recommend applying antibiotic and anti-inflammatory cream twice a day until the skin has returned to normal (with no red patches or inflammation) which usually takes 3 – 5 days and after each laser session apply rosehip oil until the next session.

The importance of skincare after laser treatment to remove tattoos

Rosehip oil is an ingredient that is firmly established in cosmetics and in people’s daily skincare routines. It has many uses: healing effects for wounds or scars, improving the skin’s elasticity, combatting stretch marks or wrinkles, moisturising and nourishing the skin and can even be used on burns. Good results have been proved in all these cases and gradually new ingredients or formulas are being introduced to boost its effects.

Are all rosehip oils the same?

They are not all the same. There are oils with different concentrations or quality and also those that have ingredients in their formula that make their restorative capacity more beneficial. I recommend the Repavar advance pure rosehip oil, which includes 2 growth factors in its formula that increase its regenerating effect:

– EGF (Epidermal growth factor): stimulates cell renewal and repairs the skin from its deepest layers.

– IL-10 (Interleukin-10): powerful anti-inflammatory effect.

Application is recommended twice a day, for between one to three months.

Thanks to its composition it enables the skin to recover much more quickly after laser treatment for tattoo removal. The benefits can be seen after using it for only a short time:

– Dual healing and restorative effect on the skin. It is true that the new tattoo removal lasers are designed specifically to remove the ink and respect the skin, but it does always “suffer a little” in the process.

– Up to 68% reduction of inflammatory agents.

– For all skin types.

– Simple, quick application thanks to the format with dropper.

– Minimises the risk of allergy.

Important to know: What should we bear in mind when getting a tattoo?

For your own health, and also for later on, if you want to remove the tattoo, you should consider the following points:

– The tattoo studio should be certified and should guarantee that all safety measures are put into practice.

– Think about where you want to have the tattoo, as this may have consequences in the future. For example, a tattoo on the lower back region could mean that you are unable to have epidural anaesthetic during childbirth or for surgery on your legs.

– The composition of the ink. For example, the colour red may contain nickel, and a large percentage of the population is allergic to nickel. This means that getting the tattoo done could lead to a significant allergic reaction with keloid scars, and when getting them removed the patient is at risk of going into anaphylactic shock.

– The colours chosen for the tattoo. The most difficult colours to remove are greens, light blues, yellows, oranges and fluorescent colours. Although the picosecond technology is getting better at removing them all the time.

– The layer of the skin where the ink is to be applied. There are tattoos that inject the ink evenly into the dermis while other methods distribute the ink irregularly in several layers of the skin.

“By following these tips you can minimise the risks of permanently removing any type of tattoo. It is essential to go to a specialist who, with the right technology, is able to remove the tattoo, without leaving any scars or marks”.

Repavar.com


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