So, you have decided that enough is enough and you are ready to start your laser tattoo removal journey. Rest assured that with the right laser technician and technology you are well on your way to accomplishing your goal. However, there are many things that you can do to ensure your tattoo disappears quicker.
1. Drink plenty of water
Drinking plenty of water increases your kidney function, allowing the ink to be broken down and flushed out more quickly. Water is also essential to keeping your skin healthy and hydrated. The better condition your skin is in, the more efficiently it will respond to laser treatment.
2. Don’t smoke
Yet another reason to quit the ‘ciggies.’ Studies have shown that chances of successful tattoo removal after 10 sessions is reduced by 70% in smokers. Your immune system is already working to remove smoking pollutants which means less time working on removing that unwanted ink. Quit and your body will thank you.
3. Exercise, Exercise, Exercise!
This is turning into more of a life coaching session but hey we all know we should be doing these things anyway right? Keeping active will speed up the healing process and increase blood flow which in turn will break down the ink particles in your skin faster. So get that body moving!
4. Sleep well
This can be a little harder to achieve, however, we hope you sleep a little easier knowing that your tattoo is on its way to being removed. Lack of sleep has a negative effect on the immune system making us more prone to infection. A strong immune system is very important during the tattoo removal journey so start counting those sheep.
5. Avoid the sun
Exposure to the sun increases melanin in the skin, which absorbs the ultraviolet radiation from the sun. If you are wanting to begin treatment it is vital that there is not too much melanin in the skin. Not only will it be harder for the laser to break up the ink but you are more susceptible to hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation (darkening or lightening of the skin).
6. Boost your immune system
The healthier your immune system, the quicker the healing process. Consider eating oats and barley which contain a type of fibre called beta-glucan, which has high antioxidant properties. Ink Anxiety are also proud to team up with Tropeaka, an Australian owned company who make an immunity-boosting powder packed with immune supporting superfoods. You will find this awesome product for sale in our clinic.
7. Follow our aftercare advice
After your tattoo removal session, the next most important thing to consider is aftercare. We will provide you with all the necessary information required to care for your unwanted tattoo post laser. We have searched high and low for the best product to aid in your recovery and that is Acacia Organics Post Laser which is available for sale in store. This will promote long-lasting relief, hydration and protection. We know you’ll love it!
8. Don’t miss appointments
Not sticking to your appointment schedule will naturally delay the removal process. The optimum time between treatments is 6-8 weeks as this allows your body time to break down and flush out the ink particles. Your skin will also have ample time to heal.
9. Drink less alcohol
Drinking large amounts of alcohol can reduce your kidneys and liver function thus affecting the body’s ability to flush out the ink particles, slowing down the overall removal process. Think about trading those beers and Jager bombs for boring old water, your body will thank you and so will your hip pocket.
Many people can get disenchanted by the tattoo removal process, expecting too much too soon. Tattoo removal takes time and you may not see noticeable results straight away. Do not fear and trust in the technology. The worst thing you can do is seek out further treatment elsewhere or even worse, alternate removal methods. Remember to stay patient and the results will come.
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