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6 Tips for Your First Tattoo

6 Tips for Your First Tattoo | Newport Tattoo Removal

Tattoos grow more and more popular every year, and more and more accepted even in the corporate world. With fewer social hang-ups to worry about, there’s never been a better time to get a tattoo. If you’re thinking about getting inked but don’t know what to expect, here’s what you need to know before your first tattoo.

Take Your Time Choosing a Design

While tattoos may not quite be forever, the improvements in tattoo removal therapy are no reason to rush into a first tattoo without thinking it through first. Try to choose a concept that has a special meaning to you and that you are unlikely to lose your affinity for in five, ten or fifty years. If you’re unsure what the best option is, that’s a sign you haven’t quite found something worth tattooing yet so keep thinking or tweaking until you’re fully sold.

Ask for Opinions

One simple way to make sure that the design you’re choosing is a good one is to talk with friends or family members who know you well and who you trust. While it’s ultimately your decision on what to get, if everyone you speak to is for or against a design, that is useful information in determining if it’s a good idea after all.

Research Potential Artists

It should go without saying that finding the right artist when getting a tattoo is vital, but all too often people settle for the first parlor they find or the one that is closest to home. Finding the right artist is about more than just finding a well-regarded artist, you should also inquire about their preferred art styles. The most talented artist around isn’t the best fit if they are not comfortable with your chosen style.

When in Doubt, Pay for Quality

An easy mistake to make when getting your first tattoo is undervaluing the importance of paying for quality. While not every assessment is as simple as comparing prices and deciding the more expensive artist is better, an artist generally charges what they are capable of charging. That means if a rate seems too good to be true, it probably is, and you should go another way with your business.

Dress Comfortably

Sometimes the simplest tips are also the easiest to overlook. If you’re preparing to get tattooed, take time to pick out an outfit that you’ll be comfortable sitting in for an extended period of time, particularly when you have a big piece in mind. Layers are a great option if you don’t know how warm or cool the tattoo shop will be. You should also wear something that makes it easy to give access to the skin you’re getting inked on, particularly if it’s in an area that could lead to bashfulness with the wrong clothing choice.

Try to Relax

Your first tattoo should be a happy experience. While it can be a bit stressful as a first-timer, if you followed the above steps you should be well-situated for a beautiful final product. So relax, and enjoy the fantastic art you’ve chosen.

If you do end up with a design you are not thrilled with, Newport Tattoo Removal can help fix past mistakes. If you do decide to get a tattoo, take your time to think about what you want carefully first.

How to Care for Your Skin After Tattoo Removal When It’s Colder Outside

How to Care for Your Skin After Tattoo Removal When It's Colder Outside | Newport Tattoo Removal

Getting an unwanted tattoo removed from your skin can be a freeing experience when it is finally done and you no longer have the unwanted ink. Removing a tattoo doesn’t happen overnight, however, and so it’s important to find the right time to begin your tattoo removal therapy because it comes with the need to manage your skincare over the duration of the treatment period. If winter is approaching and you’re considering having a tattoo removed or faded for a cover-up, here are four important considerations to ensure you manage the removal effectively and avoid any unnecessary complications.

There’s Good News

Before going into the special considerations you need to take to keep your skin clean and safe during a winter tattoo removal, there’s good news to consider. In many ways, getting your tattoo removal treatments in winter makes it easier to take care of the affected area. Many of the biggest concerns following removal are mitigated by doing so in winter when cooler days replace high heat.

The risk of increased exposure to the sun or getting dirt into the exposed skin is significantly reduced in winter because it is easier to wear more coverage when you go outside. Because temperatures are more moderate in winter, you can opt for long sleeves or pants much more comfortably than in the summer.

Moisturize Regularly

One of the biggest concerns when caring for your skin following a tattoo removal session is keeping it properly moisturized. Not only is moisturization good for your comfort throughout the process, but it also helps to keep the skin healthier and avoids drying out or painful cracking of the damaged skin. Although southern California doesn’t get the frigid cold of winter elsewhere, humidity still dips in December and January. Although regularly applying moisturizer to the affected skin is important no matter when you get your tattoo removal done, it is even more important in the winter when you are more at risk for drying out. Using a moisturizing lotion can help keep your skin from drying out and getting damaged.

Keep it Clean

In some ways, working on your tattoo removal in winter makes it easier to keep it clean as longer clothes keep it protected from outside dirt and irritants, but it’s also important to keep it clean under your clothes. This means that you should wear clean clothes and fabrics that don’t produce excessive lint or other small pieces that can get into the affected skin and lead to an infection. The warmer winters of California help with this, as lighter clothes are often less likely to have lint. You should also be sure to look at the affected area when changing or exposing the skin to moisturize and clean out anything that has gotten into the irritated skin.

Loose Clothes

In addition to choosing clothes that are unlikely to contaminate your sensitive skin, you should opt for loose-fitting clothes. Overly tight clothes can result in the fabric being pulled tight and rubbing against the skin when you move about. This is not only uncomfortable but can also irritate the skin and harm the healing process.

If you’re considering getting tattoo removal work done, winter is no reason to put it off. By following these tips you can get the removal you need while protecting your skin so it comes out looking its best.

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.