Oh my it’s sunny! But how does it affect laser treatment?
July 8th, 2018
Summer is well and truly here right now. It’s also a popular time to travel abroad and enjoy a hot sunny holiday.
But did you know that UVA and UVB rays in sunlight and the rays emitted by the laser are all light energy within the electromagnetic spectrum.
So what is the affect of sun exposure if you are planning laser tattoo treatment or are mid-way through a treatment course? Read on…
Laser Tattoo Removal
It’s really important to keep any sun exposure to your tattoo to the ABSOLUTE minimum. If at all possible cover the tattoo with a dressing – easier if the tattoo is only small. If it’s larger you may have to choose to wear clothing that covers the tattoo during the day. If your tattoo is too large to cover and you plan to be on the beach or by the poolside, then regular application of a waterproof sunblock of SPF 50 is recommended.
When the UV rays hit the skin, the production of melanin pigment is stimulated and this is what turns the skin brown. When the PicoSure laser is used to remove a tattoo, the ink should be the target and not the melanin pigment in your skin. If you are tanned, your laser treatment will be less effective at removing the tattoo. In addition, there is an increased risk of burning and blistering after treatment and also long term changes in the level of pigmentation in the treated skin.
Our team takes safety very seriously. If you have exposed your tattoo to the sun, we will not be able to perform a laser tattoo removal treatment for four weeks. We would also recommend that you wait for four weeks after a treatment before going in the sun. This means that if you are mid-way through a course of laser tattoo removal you need to give careful consideration to how you are going to COMPLETELY AVOID sun exposure this summer.
Trust us, it will be worth the effort and there will be so many summers in the future for you to enjoy without your unwanted tattoo!