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Summer is Here: How to Protect Your Ink in Warmer Weather

Summer is Here- How to Protect Your Ink in Warmer Weather

The summer sun has begun, and while that means fun times at the beach, it also means the increased intensity of California’s summer sun. While it’s important for everybody who is heading out the door to take care of their skin when the sun is at its strongest, it is particularly important if you have tattoos and are worried about keeping them in their best possible condition.

Moisture Is Your Friend

One of the biggest risks to the skin your tattoo is in during the hot months is dehydration. When your skin gets dried out it is particularly vulnerable to cracking or scarring and this can result in permanent damage to your tattoo. Fortunately there are multiple ways you can address your hydration levels.

The first thing you should always make sure to do is stay personally hydrated. Not only is getting enough water great for your skin, it’s good for your health overall. This becomes particularly important on the hotter days of summer.

For more direct care for your ink, apply moisturizer before you leave the house on hot days. The lotion will put additional moisture directly into the skin around your tattoo to help it resist damage.

Protect Your Ink

While hydration helps keep your tattoo looking its best, it can’t do all the work on its own. The best care for your tattoo in the sun is protecting it from the sun. The easiest way is to minimize your tattoos’ exposure to the sun. Don’t spend unnecessary time laying out, and if you do, try your best to keep your tattoo and the skin around it covered and protected from direct sunlight. When that’s simply not an option be sure to apply a high SPF sunscreen to your tattoo and you’ll help resist the sun’s negative effects on it.

Don’t Rush Into It

Although the above advice holds true for all tattoos, that doesn’t mean that all tattoos are equally in need of protection. It is a good idea to practice protection for your old tattoos during the summer season. It is absolutely essential that you take care of any new work. In the days immediately following your session you should do everything you can to avoid direct sunlight on it. Your tattoo artist should give you advice on the healing process, but when in doubt err on the side of protecting the area in the weeks following the work as it is damaged skin in need of recovery.

The summer is a great time to have fun outdoors with your friends, but not without its reasons for caution. By making sure that you do everything you can to protect your tattoos you can still enjoy your summer without regretting it come the fall.

Changed your mind on your tattoo all together? Give us a call or use the form below to schedule a consultation or learn more today: (949) 631-9009.

Caring for Your Skin After a Tattoo Removal

Caring for Your Skin After a Tattoo Removal | Newport Tattoo Removal

Tattoo removal is a big job and leaves behind a big impact on the treated skin. The use of strong lasers on your skin can lead to bruising, swelling, blistering and other symptoms associated with superficial burn wounds. Knowing how to care for your skin after completing your removal is crucial to avoiding scarring and getting the best possible results in return for your hard-earned cash. While your technician at Newport Tattoo Removal will go over an aftercare plan with you, it’s good to keep a few things in mind in terms of nourishing your skin in the aftermath of the procedure.

Protect Your Skin

The first 3 days after your removal are particularly critical for the healing process. It’s during this time that your skin begins re-generating the skin cells its lost in order to heal up any superficial wounds sustained during the process. Therefore, you’ll want to take some precautions during this period of time.

  • Keep the area bandaged with sterile gauze
  • Use antibacterial or healing ointment in a thin layer beneath your gauze
  • Keep the area clean and dry

After this period of time, you’ll still want to ensure the affected area is kept clean and dry. When you need to wash, do so using warm water and mild soap.

Treat the Symptoms

In the aftermath of the process, blistering and burning sensations are highly common, especially with larger or more intense removals. Don’t be alarmed by these developments. Typically, you can relieve the pain by using healing ointments meant for burns and, if necessary, applying cold compresses to the affected areas. This provides a measure of relief without hindering the healing process.

Avoid the Sun

You don’t have to avoid outdoor spaces entirely, but if you know you’re going to be out in the sun for any period of time after your removal, wear sunscreen. An SPF 25 or higher is recommended, and it should ideally be worn whenever you’re in the sun for 3 months following your removal.

Know When to Seek Help

Itching will happen during the healing process and though you might feel worried, itchiness in and of itself is not a sign of infection. However, if itchiness if paired with oozing sores, crustiness or an amount of pain you consider to be unusual, contact a professional right away. Skin infections can be serious and should never be ignored for any period of time.

Aftercare is critical to getting the best possible results after your tattoo removal. Work with your professional and follow these steps to reduce the likelihood of scarring and promote the restoration of smooth, unmarked skin. Give us a call at (949) 631-9009 when you have any questions.

What to Expect When You Get Laser Tattoo Removal

What to Expect When You Get Laser Tattoo Removal | Newport Tattoo Removal

When you have a tattoo and you want it gone, you need a solution you can count on. PicoSure laser tattoo removal treatments are the state of the art way to make your unwanted ink a thing of the past. If you’re considering getting your tattoo removed with a professional laser tattoo removal technician but don’t know what’s in store for you, here’s everything you need to know about getting a tattoo removed with laser removal.

Get a Consultation

The first step in getting rid of your unwanted tattoo is to speak with a professional about your options. A laser tattoo removal professional at Newport Tattoo Removal will assess your tattoo and go over your options with you. Although it’s difficult to provide an exact number of treatments which will be required, they will assess the size and colors of your tattoo and help you to get a better idea for what to expect. Consultations are always free. If a provider wants to charge you for a consultation, go elsewhere.

Preparing for Treatment

You don’t want to be receiving your laser treatment on irritated or damaged skin. This means that in the days leading up to your session you should avoid anything which can lead to irritation. Avoid unnecessary extended sessions in the sun, like tanning, and use sunscreen if you will be spending time outside to avoid burns. Don’t shave the area around the tattoo unless instructed to, as it can lead to irritation.

The Tattoo Removal Session Experience

Tattoos persist because their particles are too big for your body’s natural responses to remove them. Each session of at Newport Tattoo Removal involves targeting the offending tattoo with a Picosure laser which breaks up the ink underneath your skin. This makes the particles small enough for your body to effectively flush them out. The result is a fading of your tattoo. With additional sessions, spaced four to six weeks apart minimum to allow for recovery time, you can further fade the tattoo until it is removed or light enough to be covered, should you prefer a cover up tattoo.

Tattoo Removal Aftercare

Just as it is important to care for new ink, you should also be mindful of your skin following a removal treatment. Your removal professional will likely recommend keeping it covered for several days, and added attention to cleanliness after cover comes off. Be sure to follow these instructions closely to avoid infection and get the best results from your laser tattoo treatment.

Getting a tattoo removed may feel like a daunting proposition, but with laser tattoo removal it doesn’t have to be the case. The technology for removing tattoos has never been better. If you’ve been considering removal treatments, contact a us today to schedule a free consultation at (949) 631-9009. Quit spending time with a tat you hate.

How Can Patients Help Optimize Their Tattoo Removals

Laser Tattoo Removal Before And After | Best Results with After Care | Newport Tattoo Removal

How Patients Can Help Optimize Tattoo Removals

When it comes to tattoo removal in Orange County, Newport Tattoo Removal wants you to know that aftercare is almost as important as the treatment. Proper aftercare helps improve tattoo removal results. To prevent any unpleasant outcomes such as an infection or skin texture change after your PicoSure laser treatment, you need to follow the aftercare instructions provided by your doctor.

What To Do After Treatment

The first day after your laser treatment, you will want to use a cold compress and keep the treated area elevated. This will help reduce pain and swelling. You will need to avoid being physically active and enduring excessive heat, such as hot showers or saunas. Other helpful tips include the following:

  • Wear sunscreen every day.
  • Apply ointment and cover with a bandage as directed.
  • Massage treated area for 5 to 10 minutes after the area has healed (5 to 10 days).
  • Do not pick scabs or pop blisters.

Tattoo Removal With Best Results

For the first one to two weeks after treatment, there are a few things to avoid to improve tattoo removal results. Until the treated area has completely healed, remember to keep it clean and dry. You may clean your skin with antibacterial soap and gently pat the area dry. While you are waiting for your skin to heal, don’t forget to avoid the following actions so that you get the best tattoo removal results.

  • Avoid high-pressure water hitting the treated area.
  • Avoid direct sunlight.
  • Avoid hot tubs and pools.
  • Avoid salt water.
  • Avoid taking aspirin, Advil (ibuprofen) or Aleve (naproxen).
  • Avoid shaving the treated area.

Removing a tattoo with the PicoSure laser platform takes half the time as older q-switch lasers. Complete healing happens in four to six weeks.

Tattoo removal in Orange County by Newport Tattoo Removal helps you cover up some ink or make room for more. Give us a call at (949) 631-9009 or schedule an appointment today.