If you've heard anything about laser removal, it's probably that it's insanely painful. I mean, if I had a nickel for every time I've heard, "Doesn't that hurt even more than actually getting the tattoos?" I'd be rich. (OK, I would have enough money to buy a medium iced coffee at Pret.) But while there's plenty of info on what to consider before getting a tattoo (and pages on pages of enticing inspo), there still isn't a whole lot of discussion surrounding the dark side of ink jobs: What happens if you grow to no longer love that little shooting star or random Latin phrase (ahem, see below)? I'm only about halfway through the process, but I've picked up plenty of tips along the way. So to do you all a solid, I put together a list of everything I've learned.
Call to schedule your appointment. We book your appointment based on the approximate size of your tattoo removal. All new clients are given a complimentary consultation as well as a (no charge) medical evaluation with a doctor or nurse practitioner (you will need to allow extra time at your first visit for this).We are open 7 days a week. Once you schedule your appointment we will ask that you come in to pick up (complimentary) numbing cream so that you arrive to your treatment ready to be treated.Numbing cream should be applied 30 minutes prior to treatment. The area should be covered to allow the cream to fully absorb into the skin. THAT’S IT!Call now to schedule a completely FREE, no obligation consultation with one of our highly trained registered nurses.We can assess your needs and help get you started on your journey. What have you got to lose, except that embarrassing tattoo you no longer want?
That being said, visually shopping around beforehand, and being able to present your tattoo artist with some inspiration and a basic idea of the style and shapes you're interested in is a great way to prepare for your consultation. And, with all of the beautiful artwork on the Internet and social media these days, there are plenty of resources to be found. However, if you don't have hours to comb the web for tattoos, or want a peek at what inspires us, here are a variety of incredible geometric tattoos to inspire your next piece of ink. (Just remember to practice good tattoo aftercare.)
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One small Greek study showed that the R20 method—four passes with the laser, twenty minutes apart—caused more breaking up of the ink than the conventional method without more scarring or adverse effects. However, this study was performed on a very small patient population (12 patients total), using the weakest of the QS lasers, the 755 nm Alexandrite laser. One of the other main problems with this study was the fact that more than half of the 18 tattoos removed were not professional and amateur tattoos are always easier to remove. Proof of concept studies are underway, but many laser experts advise against the R20 method using the more modern and powerful tattoo removal lasers available at most offices as an increase in adverse side effects including scarring and dischromia is likely. Patients should inquire about the laser being used if the R20 treatment method is offered by a facility as it is usually only offered by clinics that are using the weak 755 nm Alexandrite as opposed to the more powerful and versatile devices that are more commonly used. Moreover, dermatologists offering the R20 method should inform patients that it just one alternative to proven protocols and is not a gold standard treatment method to remove tattoos.
A lot of us have imagined ourselves with those same kinds of full-arm sleeves. For some, it could work well with our no-fucks-to-give persona. For others, it's an aesthetic decision, or an emotional one. If you’re serious about it though, then it’s worth knowing what planning is involved—from inception, to execution, to maintenance. So we spoke with Nicolas Gualteros, tattoo artist at Senaspace in NYC, to plot it all out.
Always pay attention to whatever the tattoo artist tells you, and do exactly what he or she instructs. If the artist is a professional, they will definitely know what kind of product and healing technique works the best for their own creation. Remember that if you change the aftercare for whatever reason it may be, the artist won’t be obliged to touch up your tattoo free of charge. It’s ultimately up to you to take care of your tattoo, once you leave the studio.
“The staff at Eraser Clinic are so amazing. They’re are warm and welcoming. They are very supportive in any decisions you may take on tattoo removals or continuing your journey with the tattoo you may have had in question. Visit them if you have any questions, they will be more than happy to give you a consult. The procedure was harmless in my personal opinion but different people have different tolerance for pain. Give it a shot and enjoy!”
More important than ever is finding an artist who specializes in the kind of tattoo you want. Gualteros, for example, specializes in realism tattoos, as well deep black designs, and that’s what most of his customers want from him. He says to shop around with this as your biggest requirement, instead of shopping for prices. After all, you’ll be wearing this thing prominently for all your days, so it’s not worth bargaining. “Set up a design consultation to talk through your ideas with the artist,” Gualteros says. “Play around with a sketch, and if everything goes well—if artist and client are on the same page—set up the appointment and get it going.”
“What a great example of impeccable customer service and true expertise. I felt incredibly welcome and in very safe hands at Eraser Clinic. I’ve been working up to removing my tattoo for years now and I’ve had several consultations at other places. This was the first time I felt comfortable enough to actually have a laser treatment and I’m sorry I waited so long. The price was much more affordable than I expected and much cheaper than the general med-spa type places around town.”
At this time, FDA has not approved or cleared any do-it-yourself tattoo removal ointments and creams that you can buy online. “FDA has not reviewed them, and is not aware of any clinical evidence that they work,” says Luke. In addition, Luke says that tattoo removal ointments and creams may cause unexpected reactions, such as rashes, burning, scarring, or changes in skin pigmentation in the process.
It’s one of the favourite tattoo designs among women and they love to get it inked on their legs. This full sleeve tattoo idea reveals a huge diversity to the outside world. The design includes images of flowers, cherries and butterflies and together they form a beautiful custom design. The design reflects all the beautiful elements of women’s lives and how they bring happiness in her life.
A blacked out sleeve tattoo is done by an artist to either cover up an unwanted previous design, or throw in a bold statement to this prominent area of a person’s body. The entire arm is tattooed in black, or white can be added to make a delicate design as a part of the tattoo’s look. If it’s not covered up, a negative space can be left to create a rather unique design. Blackout sleeves won’t happen overnight. Plenty of sittings are involved in this painstakingly slow process, as well as the obvious pain that comes before and during healing. Getting a blacked out sleeve tattoo isn’t a quick fix, but rather, a tattoo decision that requires 100% of the artist and the client’s commitment.
Dallas became known as a commercial center for the future when the Houston and Texas Central Railroad and the Texas and Pacific Railway intersected in Dallas. In addition to helping the area become an important commercial center, the railways allowed for the population to grow at a rapid pace. The Dallas population when from 3,000 in early 1872 to over 7,000 in the same year. New businesses and buildings were popping up dally and Dallas became the capital of the markets for commodity crops and raw materials. These included cotton and grains and were shipped to the East and South. If you were heading west, it was the last place you could stop for supplies.
Certain colors have proved more difficult to remove than others. In particular, this occurs when treated with the wrong wavelength of laser light is used. Some have postulated that the reason for slow resolution of green ink in particular is due to its significantly smaller molecular size relative to the other colours. Consequently, green ink tattoos may require treatment with 755 nm light but may also respond to 694 nm, 650 nm and 1064 nm. Multiple wavelengths of light may be needed to remove colored inks.
Enlighten features extremely short and high-power picosecond laser pulses which break down the ink particles in tattoos. A ‘picosecond’ is one-trillionth of second, and is 1,000 times shorter than the ‘nanosecond’ pulses used in existing lasers for tattoo removal. Picosecond laser pulses have been shown to remove tattoos more completely and in fewer treatment sessions than traditional laser treatments. The Enlighten laser is a safe and effective treatment option for all skin types.
“As a dark skinned African American I was worried about skin discoloration. I called several different places for information. Most where unhelpful and some outright rude. From my first call to Eraser Clinic I received nothing but extremely polite and courteous service. They are very knowledgable and made me feel comfortable. Four sessions in and I have had no skin issues and my tattoo is barely visible with just a session or two until full removal.”
He is also aware of the ways Instagram impacts the tattoo community and the spread of trends like sacred geometry. "Without a doubt social media has everything to do with clients — first timers in particular — having access to researching and choosing an artist," he said. "Instagram has been the single most powerful tool I've had access to for marketing as an artist all along."
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Compasses were traditionally tattooed on sailors and boating enthusiasts. They symbolise not only been at sea but also finding direction in your life or a particular journey you embarked on. Nowadays they are popular for aesthetic value as well as for people such as backpackers who have done a lot of traveling and want a compass design. Some will even have the compass face the direction of their home from where they have moved to so as to have a reminder of where they came from.