What is a tattoo?
A tattoo is the permanent colouring, usually in the form of design, of the second layer of skin (dermis) and it is achieved by pricking the skin and applying permanent inks under the surface. It is a body modification done for self-expression.
How is a tattoo done?
A needle, connected to a small machine with tubes containing tattoo ink, repeatedly pricks into the skin. Each needle puncture inserts tiny droplets of ink. For a large tattoo, the process may last several hours and might cause a small amount of bleeding.
It’s a tattoo, not a taboo!
People get tattoos for a variety of reasons, but most of all it’s considered a form of self-expression. Each tattoo should ideally have some emotions attached to it. There is usually a particular connection between a person and his tattoo, and that is the reason people hold their tattoos so close to themselves. There have been certain taboos related to tattoos, but that was in the past when people considered anything out of the usual as ‘abnormal.’ It’s a whole different story today! Tattoos are made using the best tattoo machines, and proper hygiene and sterilization procedures are followed so that there is less pain, no infection and the tattoos are detailed, precise and beautiful. All kinds of people, from various walks of life like bankers, lawyers, politicians, doctors, engineers, IT professionals, builders, etc. come to our studio to get tattoos! Tattoos are no longer considered a ‘biker guy’s’ thing.
Tattoos have come a long way from the time that they were done by some guy sitting on the road to professional artists with proper knowledge and training, making tattoos in clean, hygienic studios.
Chances of infection are very rare if proper hygiene and other precautions are taken care of before, while and after getting a tattoo. There are standards set out by The Alliance of Professional Tattooists. Body Canvas adheres to these rules.
Here are some things to check for:
It’s imperative to make sure the tattoo studio is clean and safe, and that all equipment used is disposable (in the case of needles, gloves, masks, colour, etc.) and sterilized.
Make sure the tattoo studio has an autoclave (a device that uses steam, pressure, and heat for sterilization). You are allowed to watch as equipment is sterilized in the autoclave
Getting a tattoo may seem like a very good idea, but many people who get one often want to remove it at some point for numerous reasons. Individuals who want tattoo removal often say it’s like hot oil is being sprayed on the area. Tattoo removal is not always painful, and many tattoo removers are pain-free. Tattoo pigment resides in the deep layers of the skin making it permanent. There are many removal treatments like dermabrasion, salabrasion, surgical excision, skin grafts, but Body Canvas does laser tattoo removal which is one of the most effective methods and has several benefits- it works relatively fast erasing the tattoo and is the well-tested procedure.
About “Nd:YAG” Laser Tattoo removal
“Nd: YAG” Laser is a procedure in which a beam of light at a particular wavelength is applied to the skin and is absorbed by coloured pigments in the skin, including melanin and tattoo pigments. The laser is specially designed for tattoo removal bypass the epidermis (the top layer of skin), applying a powerful blast of energy to the tattoo pigment particle, effectively “blowing them up” and releasing the pigment. The body then absorbs taking six weeks absorbing and clearing released pigments.
Pre-treatment care is essential before getting a tattoo removed. Clients need to avoid sun exposure for few weeks. Sunlight increases the risk of hypopigmentation (skin discoloration). If the customer has a history of cold sores in the area to be treated, medication is prescribed by the Body Canvas physician before the laser procedure. To reduce the pain, a topical anaesthesia is prescribed.
During Laser Treatment
This procedure may cause snapping or stinging sensation. The Laser hand piece is applied to the skin to deliver the laser light. Protect glasses are worn to protect the patient’s eyes from the light. The distance between pistol head and the skin is 3 to 4 fingers long. A different wavelength of the laser is used as per black / brown / coffee pigmentation. Higher power laser is used with multiple wavelengths have the capability to target deeper pigment and various colours.
After Laser Treatment
Following aftercare guidelines is fundamental during the laser tattoo removal process. A proper dressing is done to the removed tattoo area before you leave. This dressing should be removed once home. Apply an antibiotic ointment and a band-aid to the treated area for one to two weeks as prescribed by Body Canvas Physician. Keep the area away from water for a 48 hour. Blistering and swelling are normal over the tattoo, which will go away within 7-10 days. Do not pick any scabbing to the area as this will damage the skin. Once the area is healed, we recommend massaging bio-oil into the skin twice daily until your next appointment. The treated area should not be directly exposed to sunlight or sun beds for 7-14 days.
Number of Sittings
Minimum 5-6 sittings required.
Duration of Each Laser Treatment
The length of this treatment varies depending on the size of the area being treated. A few age spots may be lasered in a few minutes. A large tattoo may require 30 minutes or longer. But the large sizes need to be treated by steps. The interval between 2 sessions will be 21 days to 30 days as per skin reaction.