What is a patch test?

A patch test is done, prior to your treatment, by using 2-3 different settings and testing small areas of skin.

The appointment also includes a consultation and a complete medical history to determine whether:
– You are suitable for the treatment
– Your treatment must be delayed
– You actually need to be referred

Why we do your patch test.
1. Best practice :Beauty by Carmen is a registered clinic and our treatments are carried out under protocol, which includes having a patch test prior to your first treatment.
2. Best setting: This simply means, we need to choose the correct settings on the laser, which will give you the best results for your treatment. In order to find out what this setting is, we do a patch test.
3. Best result : We then wait to see how these spot tests develop and respond over time. Doing a patch test, is a simple way of understanding whether a setting is right or too high or too low. If the setting is too low, then your treatment will not be effective. If it is too high, then you could have an adverse reaction. Ultimately your safety is paramount. We want you to feel confident having the treatment. So doing a patch test is the simplest way of finding out the best setting to achieve the best results with your chosen treatment.

How does Laser Tattoo Removal work?

Using the Allwhite3000 Nd Yag laser can safely and effectively remove tattoos, permanent make up, and skin pigmentation such as Nevus of Ota, age spots, sunspots and birthmarks. Tattoo ink particles are too large for the body’s immune system to remove naturally because when tattoo pigment is injected into the lower layers of the skin (dermis) it becomes locked away by a wall of collagen fibers. Q-switched lasers produce very short bursts of high energy laser light. The light is absorbed by the large ink particles, generating heat that shatters the tattoo pigment into minute particles which the body is able to remove. Because the tattoo ink selectively absorbs the laser energy, the surrounding skin doesn’t overheat and there is no lasting damage.

What is AW3 ND YAG Laser Q Switched?

ND YAG stands for neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet) which is a crystal that is used as a medium for laser treatments. In Q-switched mode, Nd YAG produces 2 wavelengths, one in the infrared range (1064 nm) and a second beam of 532 nm wavelength which is useful for superficial skin lesions. Q switching refers to the technique of making the laser produce a high intensity beam in very short pulses.

What can we use AW3 ND Yag Q Switch for?

We use Nd Yag to safely and effectively remove tattoos, permanent make up, and skin pigmentation such as Nevus of Ota, age spots, sunspots and birthmarks.

What skin types can we treat?

We can treat all skin types with the Allwhite3000 ND YAG Q-switch technology. If you are in good health (no serious health concerns) and do not have hypo/hyper- pigmentation, tanned or Keloid scarring in your family or personal history.

What colour tattoos can we remove?

In principle the laser can remove all kind of tattoos. Since all tattoos are not the same in terms of colour, depth of ink deposition as well as their chemical composition some may respond differently. Black, red dark orange and dark blue tattoos will typically respond better to treatment with laser. However Brown, purple, green, light orange, neon and light blue colours are harder to remove and will require more sessions.

How does it work?

Tattoo ink particles are too large for the body’s immune system to remove naturally because when tattoo pigment is injected into the lower layers of the skin (dermis) it becomes locked away by a wall of collagen fibers. Q-switched lasers produce very short bursts of high energy laser light. The light is absorbed by the large ink particles, generating heat that shatters the tattoo pigment into minute particles which the body is able to remove. Because the tattoo ink selectively absorbs the laser energy, the surrounding skin doesn’t overheat and there is no lasting damage.

How many sessions are needed?

Customers will see a reduction after the first treatment however to completely remove a tattoo depending on the ink colour and how deep it is in the skin, it could be between 3-5 treatments with intervals of 6 weeks between treatments. In some clients this more sessions may be necessary for complete removal.

When will I see results?

Results can be observed immediately after the first session.

How long does the treatment take?

This depends on the size of the tattoo; a small tattoo might take 5 minutes, where a large, or multiple tattoos could take an hour or more of treatment. Again, the assessment will provide this information.

Does it hurt?

The level of pain felt will depend on the type of tattoos, the amount of treatment required and your own pain threshold. Some clients would describe it as no more than uncomfortable, where others will describe it as an elastic band flicked against the skin. The truth is that you will only know how painful you find it until you try it! We can offer advice on pain relief, which will be given during your assessment.

Numbing creams – such as Emla  – often include benzocaine, lidocaine, prilocaine, or tetracaine in varying concentrations as active ingredients. These creams are both available in low-strength, non prescription formulations and in high-strength, prescription-only formulations. Creams need to be applied 1 to 2 hours in advance of the treatment. For this reason, you need to apply the cream at home before the appointment. Please watch the video below on how to correctly apply the numbing cream prior to your appointment.

Does the laser cause scarring?

Although there is a risk of scarring with any laser, in most cases, scarring is not a significant risk for tattoo removal with the ND Yag laser. Tattoo removal has become associated with scarring because the older generation of lasers used for tattoo removal were very aggressive and carried a very high risk of scarring. The ND Yag laser does not heat the surrounding skin significantly and the risk of scarring is much reduced. The risk of scarring is mainly associated with a genetic pre-disposition to forming scar tissue and the presence of resistant, green pigment. To reduce the risk, we carry out an extensive medical evaluation to identify high-risk clients; we also have an adjunct treatment that can stop scar tissue forming and even improve existing.

Lasers work by emitting specialized, safe yet powerful, single wavelength beams of light. Laser light, if utilized properly, has properties that allow it to pass harmlessly through normal skin layers until it reaches the ink in your unwanted tattoo. The light energy called photon energy will be converted into thermal (heat), acoustic (sound) and mechanical (physical) energy upon hitting the large target ink particles. This leads to the breakdown of these larger ink particles into many smaller ink particles. These small particles can now be processed by your body’s natural cleansing mechanism and removed.

Can anyone remove my tattoo if they have a laser?
The proper combination of laser equipment, experience and technique is critical to the safety and effectiveness of laser tattoo removal. All tattoos are unique and different inks in different people differ in their responses. Every laser tattoo removal procedure is a complex sophisticated procedure requiring knowledge of laser physics, tattoo inks, and skin biology. I customize each treatment I perform, choose the correct laser wavelengths, the optimal energy level and proper laser spot sizes necessary for the safest, quickest and most effective treatment of your unwanted tattoo.

Is Laser Tattoo Removal a one-time procedure?

No. Multiple treatments are always required. With each successive treatment there is more clearance of ink. Treatments are separated in time from a minimum of 6-8 weeks to several months depending on the tattoo. Over time, as the ink is gradually cleared, the tattoo color intensity and appearance will fade.

Does tattoo size determine the number of treatments needed?

No. Most people mistakenly believe that a tattoos size is the most important factor determining the number of treatments needed This is absolutely false. Other factors are much more important. Some large tattoos respond beautifully and some small tattoos are very difficult.

What areas of the body do you perform laser tattoo removal on?

I regularly treat tattoos of all sizes on the hands, neck, arms, legs, back, chest, breasts, stomach, buttock, legs, and feet. I do not treat facial tattoos or intimate tattoos

Can I lighten my tattoo in order to cover it with another tattoo?

Yes. Tattoo artists refer patients to lighten their tattoos before cover up work is performed. This often allows for greater choice in new tattoo design and improves the final result.

Am I going to have to take off from work or school?

No. Most people go back to work or school same day or next. The only exceptions may be my patients with multiple tattoos, sleeves or very large tattoos. Sometimes these patients choose to take a day off.

How much will removing my tattoo cost?

Tattoo removal is affordable. However, without an assessment of your tattoo and the number of treatments required, I cannot accurately provide you with a true picture of your investment.. Price quotes and phone estimates are good marketing tools not good medicine. I work with patients of all income levels and almost always find a way to help a patient meet their goals.

What Do Good Results Depend On

The safe and effective removal of a tattoo depends on a combination of the right experience, right technique, and right equipment.

There is no one laser or combination of lasers anywhere that can completely remove all tattoos and all colors. It is necessary however to have the right lasers with the right wavelengths to treat all the treatable colors and inks. Many tattoos respond beautifully with 95-99% fading. However, tattoo inks differ in their response to laser treatment and not all tattoos are equally treatable. There is no guarantee. There are over 100 or more tattoo inks in use worldwide today. Not knowing which tattoo ink, how much was used, or how deeply it was placed may make it impossible to precisely estimate the degree of removal possible or the number of treatments required for any given tattoo. The inks colors, physical and chemical composition, its depth and density, as well as location on the body and the person’s skin color and healing tendencies are all critical factors.

To generalize, black ink responds best. Skin pigmentation (tone) is also important, lighter skin responds much better than darker skin.

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Camberdown Street
Dundee
DD1 3JA
Tel. 07496041803