There are so many reasons why people want to remove their tattoos; it could be work related, relationship related, bad work or just a change of how someone wants their skin to look.
The exciting and rewarding part of working with Skinial Non Laser Tattoo Removal is that we offer a treatment that actually works, and removes all tattoo colours! After a patch test, clients can see that all the ink has come out of their skin in this single treatment, we don’t fade tattoos…. we remove tattoos.
Not only that, we offer the safest method of tattoo removal by drawing the ink out of the skin, the same way it went into the skin, unlike laser tattoo removal which pushes the ink further into the dermis using intense heat which breaks the ink into smaller and smaller particles which are not completely released by the body but end up in the liver, kidneys and spleen. Our physiological removal product is broken down by the body within 30 minutes with absolutely no residue.
Only this week I had a lovely lady visit who has seven tattoos she would like removed, having had several laser tattoo removal treatments they are still clearly visible and causing her much distress, it will be such a relief for her when the ink is gone. If the laser tattoo removal treatments have not pushed the ink too far into her skin we will be able to remove these tattoos completely in 3-4 sessions!
My “Schoolies” client has had two Skinial non laser tattoo removal treatments on a very unprofessional and embarrassing tattoo on his foot, one more treatment and it will be completely gone! Not only will he be happy but so will his mum!
The cult of tattooing in Australia seems to be on the increase, but one day it will be out of fashion! Just like clothing, trends go in and out of fashion, if someone asked you “ if you were made to wear the mini dress and 6” platforms heels you have on today for the rest of your life, would you not get bored with it?” plus it may not suit you are your lifestyle in the future, not forgetting your skin texture changes as you age losing elasticity and the inks often become blurred over time.
Having coffee the other day a girl walked past the café, her whole chest area was covered with angel wings, nice now maybe, but the first place to show signs of aging on a women is her chest as the skin is so thin, it becomes wrinkled, so her angel wings might lose their feathers over time and look very bedraggled and sad. Would this design really enhance the look of her wedding dress or will she regret this………….. time will tell.
Skinial have developed a lactic acid based product to remove tattoos. Lactic acid is the most widely occurring acid in nature. In the form of Lactate it is a normal constituent of the human body and an important intermediate product of metabolism. Lactic acid is present in sweat, muscle, blood serum, in the kidney and gall bladder and in saliva.
It is contained in almost all shampoos, many cosmetic products, and foodstuffs. The antiseptic effect of lactate protects the skin against disease causing agents.
Using Skinial’s special Lactic Acid based product for tattoo removal is a very safe and effective way to remove tattoos from the body. The highly diluted lactic acid solution which is administered on the body with the Skinial method is broken down automatically without leaving any residue within 30 minutes of producing its effect (ie: rejection of the pigment molecules) and removing the tattoo.
Lactic acid is used in concentrations of up to 40% as a chemical exfoliating agent on the face and body, even in large amounts of 50ml or more. Doctors use concentrations of over 70% to cure acne.
Often dermatologists are not familiar with the subject of tattoo removal and lactic acid. Unfortunately some official statements repeatedly lead to the discrediting of this method of tattoo removal. The majority of specialists are not aware that the dermal assessment depends more on the PH value than the degree of acidity. In the case of Skinial tattoo removal liquid the PH is over 3, which is comparable with many cosmetic products, the safety of which has already been assessed. Coca Cola for instance has a PH value of 2.3.
Wendy Peters of Skinial Non Laser Tattoo Removal was recently invited to present this new treatment to the “Nurses in Dermatology Association of Australia” at the Princess Alexandra Hospital In Brisbane. The information provided gave the attending nurses great insight into how Non Laser Tattoo removal using a lactic acid product works on removing tattoos naturally. This physiological tattoo removal liquid introduced into the skin in small dots over the tattoo makes the body recognize the ink as a foreign substance and this starts the body’s natural rejection process, pushing the ink to the surface of the skin. A scab forms and when this drops off it takes the ink with it.
Wendy was also able to enlighten the nurses attending on the problems associated with laser tattoo removal, where the ink is “shot” at with the laser at temperatures of up to 400 deg, this causes some of the pigment colours to become carcinogenic, the body cannot eliminate all of the pigment and residues can be found in the lymph, spleen, liver and kidneys, the long term effect of this is unknown. Laser pushes the pigment deeper into the skin where it can leave permanent shadows, and some colours cannot be removed by laser and can even be turned a luminous colour.
Non Laser Tattoo Removal using lactic acid is a safe method of removing tattoos of any colour; the lactic acid based product is completely eliminated by the body within 30 minutes of the treatment.
Starting with a thorough consultation we explain to the client that with any kind of tattoo removal process there is always a slight risk of scarring. However using the Skinial Non Laser Tattoo Removal process where only small areas of the tattoo are worked on at a time we reduce this risk, explaining the importance of following the After Care Instructions to the client is of paramount importance for the best possible outcome.
The feedback from the presentation was very positive.
In Europe as many as one in four people between the ages of 18 and 27 now have tattoos. Tattoos, which had been “written off”, are now in vogue again. It has been known for some time that this may also have negative health consequences.
“People used to smoke, now they get tattoos”, says Andreas Luch, manager of a Product Safety department at the Federal Institute for risk assessment in Berlin.
In Germany as a whole there are some 6,000 legal and 20,000(!) illegal tattoo studios according to the "German Organised Tattooists" association. In the case of backstreet tattooists there is no guarantee that they don’t also use banned and dangerous substances in the dyes.
For example, carbon dye is contained in black dye. Tests have found pigments of car paints and toxic heavy metals (including mercury among others) in tattoo dyes. Allergies, inflammations and even cancer are possible consequences.
THINGS TO LOOK OUT FOR AT THE TATTOO STUDIO
The tattooist should ask about allergies and illnesses and explain what he is going to do and what it may happen when he does. (There is currently little chance of this happening, so you should obtain information yourself beforehand). Think about the future. Ask yourself which part of the body is suitable for the tattoo and whether it may perhaps no longer look attractive when you are older. Can your body decoration have a negative effect on your career? (Selection procedures in both the private and public sector are currently becoming more stringent).
The studio should possess a sterilisation device, and the instruments should always be re-disinfected each time they are used. If there isn’t such a device – steer well clear. You’re in danger of contracting herpes, fungal and hepatitis infections, and in the worst case the HIV virus may also be transmitted.
There should be no eating, drinking or smoking in the room where the procedure is to be carried out. In addition, it should if possible be a self-contained room.
The tattooist should have washed and disinfected his hands and wear gloves. Prepare the immediate area of the body properly. The area that is being tattooed should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected beforehand.
Find out whether the tattooist works using dyes that have been tested by the Chemical Technological Laboratory (CTL) in Bielefeld. What’s more, insist on the dyes for you tattoo being freshly mixed. (Not a very realistic tip: in practice the customer has to live with the risk since he can’t in any event check statements made by the tattooist).
Following the session, the tattooist should rub an antiseptic ointment into the place that has just been tattooed and give you tips on how to take care of the wound at home over the next few days.
Dyes spread through the body
"The dyes don’t stay where they are inserted," explains physicist Wolfgang Bäumler of Regensburg University. However, where in the body they may be transported to has not been fully researched. In any event, in the case of tattoos in the vicinity of the lymph nodes, they are just as colourful as the tattoo itself." Other areas where they are deposited are the kidneys and the spleen. They also disperse throughout the entire body.
Since 2008, the German Tattooing substances directive has listed which substances are not allowed to be used. The problem is that new dyes are continually being developed – even including fluorescent dyes that glow underneath the skin in the dark. “All we can do is to ask the pigment manufacturers to avoid substances which have an adverse impact on health,” says Bäumler.
The fact is that even permitted substances that are pricked under the skin may trigger dangerous immune reactions. Around 70 per cent of people have an acute "local reaction" following tattooing – either bleeding, swelling or an encrustation. For six per cent of people who have had tattoos these do not completely disappear, and they are left with nodules or particularly sensitive areas of skin. Dizziness, fatigue and a high temperature may also occur following tattooing.
No wonder, as tattooing involves foreign matter which the immune system is naturally programmed to combat being introduced into the organism.
Increase in allergies due to the use of nickel
Many people are allergic to nickel, some of them without realising it. Unfortunately nickel is contained in many tattooing substances and permanent make-ups. This is not prohibited. But nickel can trigger severe und painful skin changes. That is why the Federal Institute for risk assessment (BfR) recommends to manufacturers that they restrict the amount of nickel in tattooing substances to the minimum level that is technically feasible.
“Because more and more people are getting tattoos, the rate of nickel allergies must be expected to increase", says BfR President, Professor Andreas Hensel.
Hazardous: Nickel is not necessarily a constituent of the dye pigments or of their carriers, but it can also get into the tattoo dyes as a contaminant during the manufacturing process. In this case it is not listed as an ingredient and it also can’t be avoided by people who suffer from allergies.
HAVING A TATTOO – THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS
Are there alternatives to a permanent tattoo?
The only alternative is dyeing the surface of the skin, e.g. with henna. The colouring disappears after a few weeks due to the constant renewal of the top layer of the skin.
Be careful when it comes to so-called bio-organic tattoos: they are likewise supposedly only pricked into the topmost layer of the skin and are then supposed to disappear over time. However, as a rule the dye ends up in the dermis – and remains there for ever.
Can tattoos be removed without difficulty?
No, not without any difficulty. The skin is an organ, not a wall that has been painted. Laser treatment, which has been the predominate form of treatment up to now, has many disadvantages but is still defended by the medical profession for understandable reasons as being THE method to use. There are however increasing numbers of doubters in the profession. The removal of tattoos without using laser techniques is an alternative that is becoming more and more widely accepted; it relies on the natural rejection of the dye and within a matter of years it will have supplanted laser treatment. Removal is expensive in any event, several times more expensive than the tattoo itself, no matter what method is used.
Do tattoos present health hazards?
The use of dirty tattooing implements can allow infectious diseases such as hepatitis or HIV to be transmitted. In the case of recent tattoos infection of the wound is possible. Dye-intolerance often only manifests itself after several years: the skin where the tattoo is situated then becomes inflamed. What’s more, dye pigments disperse throughout the body and can for instance be found in the lymph nodes and other organs – the consequences have not so far been adequately investigated.
What’s the correct way to look after a new tattoo?
The tattoo is first covered with a protective film. This prevents the formation of a scar (the less scarring the better). The tattoo should then treated with an antiseptic ointment. The use of saunas, solariums and swimming baths should be avoided.
How painful is the pricking involved?
It depends on the area of the body that is being tattooed. The pain is relatively slight on the upper arm. The instep, the neck and the area above the ribs, for example, are especially painful.
What should you bear in mind when choosing the design and the area of the body?
In principle there are no restrictions when it comes to choosing the design. Any pattern can be turned into a tattoo. Reputable studios will however refuse to undertake certain types of work, such as designs based on right- or left-wing extremism. In addition, they don’t accept any customers under the legal age of majority. Many also will not place any tattoos on visible parts of the skin for young adults, e.g. on their face or hands.
What should you look out for when choosing the studio?
General hygiene: A tattoo studio should present an overall impression of cleanliness and have a separate, clean treatment room. Ask the tattooist whether he uses single-use disposable products (gloves, needles) and if he sterilises the other work implements.
Quality of craftsmanship: Check out the tattoo-artist’s previous work with the aid of photos, or even better, the originals (ask his previous customers). Check whether the lines are clean and straight, the colours are even, and the shadow-effects are nicely executed.
Source: this technically very well researched treatise on tattoos and their medical consequences has been taken from the homepage of the German Society of Laser Dermatology and supplemented by our own practical experience. (www.ddl.de)
I am so happy that we now have Skinial in Australia and can offer a virtually pain free solution that takes such few treatments to achieve tattoo removal! The pigment comes out the way it went in making it very safe.
There are many reasons why you may want to remove your tattoo, perhaps when you originally had you just thought it was a nice design and now would like something with more meaning in its place? It was not very artistically applied or was a home tattoo, you have a name tattooed that you would now like removed/changed, or your job requires that tattoos should not be visible, or just plain and simple you don't want the tattoo anymore. Whatever your reason we have the solution!!
Give us a call, you have nothing to lose but your tattoo.