About 50 million Americans have tattoos – including about 40% of adults between ages 26 and 40. Tattoos have been a part of mainstream culture for several decades, and are popular among virtually everyone. However, the rates of tattoo regret are significant, with about 1 in 4 people wishing they could remove their ink. For people wanting to remove their unwanted tattoos, laser tattoo removal is the only effective method that doesn’t cause scarring.
Laser tattoo removal has been growing in demand alongside tattoo trends, and the technology has greatly improved over the past 20 years. The Neiman Dermatology Building has always been at the forefront of bringing the best in laser treatments and skincare to patients in Buffalo.
The Astanza Trinity is the world’s most powerful multi-wavelength system for tattoo removal – which means it can remove the full spectrum of ink colors faster than any other laser. Traditional laser tattoo removal systems have weaknesses, and are not able to remove stubborn ink colors such as green, blue, red, or resistant black.
The Trinity is the first system of its kind to combine high levels of peak power (for better destruction of ink) with three full-powered laser wavelengths, each of which targets a portion of the color spectrum. This combination of high power and wavelength versatility allows our staff at the Neiman Dermatology Building to remove colorful tattoos better than anyone else in Western New York.
Laser tattoo removal works by sending light energy into the dermal layer of the skin where tattoo ink particles are trapped. As the laser light penetrates the skin, the ink particles absorb the light and instantly shatter. The tattoo is visibly lightened as the body’s lymphatic system removes the destroyed ink particles following the treatment.
Due to the fact that the Trinity system at the Neiman Dermatology Building provides a higher peak of power with each pulse, more ink is shattered with each treatment session with less trauma to the surrounding skin. Patients treated with the Trinity see their tattoo vanish in fewer sessions.
Trinity tattoo removal treatments are a great option for patients with resistant ink colors that have not been able to be completely removed by other lasers. The experts at the Neiman Dermatology Building can assess your tattoo and decide the right course of treatment based on your unique skin tone and tattoo ink colors to give you the fastest removal results possible.
The Neiman Dermatology Building provides free consultations to patients considering laser tattoo removal. To schedule yours or learn more, call 716-688-0020 today.
• Reduce wrinkles and fine lines. Gold can increase the elasticity of your skin helping you to look younger.
• Anti-aging benefits. Reduces the likelihood of dryness and slows down the reduction of collagen in the skin cells.
• Can lighten complexion. It can enhance the appearance of the skin by minimizing irregularities and smoothing skin tone.
• Treats age spots and sun damage. Lessens the production of melanin in the body which is responsible for tanning of the skin when exposed to sunlight.
These reasons are all the more incentive to add gold to your skin care routine and now at the Neiman Dermatology Building we exclusively offer the DermCare NP 24K Gold Mask. To learn more about it or to order yours, call 716-688-0020 today.
You now have your fresh new tattoo, now it’s time to take care of it! Proper after care treatment is important not only for your new ink, but your skin as well. To promote healing and avoid any infections follow these tips:
• Keep covered. Leave the bandage on your tattoo for a minimum of two hours after treatment. This prevents bacteria from entering the area.
• Keep clean. Wash the tattoo gently with a mild, fragrance free soap.
• Moisturize. Should be done 3-6 times a day for the first two weeks.
• Use a dye and fragrance free lotion or ointment. This will help keep the skin at the tattoo site soft and smooth.
• Avoid the sun. The first few months after you get a tattoo you should avoid the sun altogether, but if you do anticipate exposure cover the area with a physical block or a sun block with a zinc titanium base.
• Protect from the sun. The harmful UV rays can fade and damage a tattoo quite fast. A minimum 30 SPF sun block will help maintain the color of the tattoo and prevent it from fading.
Without proper care and caution a tattoo can have adverse effects to your skin and a really beautiful tattoo can turn into a disaster. If you have any questions about your tattoo or the healing process, contact the artist who performed your work.
The other day I was having lunch with my cousin who is a baseball player at a local college in the area, and he mentioned that he avoids wearing his baseball hat as much as possible because he heard that wearing it often can cause hair loss. Although it is a common belief that wearing a baseball hat can cause hair loss, it in fact can not. The only way that it can possibly cause hair loss is in the form of traction alopecia (constant tight pulling on the scalp, usually occurs with braided hairstyles). This discussion though, did bring up an interesting topic about the many myths in relation to the field of dermatology.
Below are just some of the many dermatology myths.
Myth #1 – Foods can cause acne.
As discussed in a previous article, what you eat does have an influence on the health of your skin, but in regards to acne that is typically related to genetics. Foods cannot cause you to contract acne, but it is possible though for them to contribute to it.
Myth #2 – Genetics determine how your skin will age.
Another common myth is that genetics play a large role in how your skin ages. Although genetics can play a role, a larger role is played by lifestyle and health choices.
Myth #3 – If I get a base tan at a salon, I won’t sunburn outdoors.
This one couldn’t be further from the truth. A tan is actually a sign of damage to the skin and in no way prevents further damage to future sun exposure. The best way to prevent sunburn is to avoid tanning and use a sunscreen.
Myth #4 – Any sunscreen will adequately protect my skin from the sun.
A sunscreen must have an SPF of at least 30, combined with ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. This will help to block both UVA (long-wave radiation which can lead to wrinkling and aging) and UVB (short-wave radiation which can cause sunburn) rays, both of which can lead to skin cancer.
Myth #5 – Once I apply sunscreen it is not necessary to do it again that day.
Sunscreen must be reapplied every two hours or after exposure to water (which can wash it off).
Myth #6 – If I shave my hair it will grow back thicker.
Unfortunately for people with thinning hair this is not true. Hair may indeed appear thicker after shaving but this is just an optical illusion. The hair is the thickness it was before shaving.
As you can see there are a lot of myths in relation to dermatology, but hopefully being aware of some of them now will help you have healthier skin and hair in the future.
It is a common misconception that a tan is a sign of good skin health, this is not the case. A tan is actually a sign of damage to the skin and can be just as dangerous as a sun burn. It can cause skin to age prematurely as well as contribute to skin cell damage. Indoor tanning salon booths and beds in particular pose an even greater threat, delivering up to 15 times more UV radiation than the sun.
On average, more than 1 million people tan in tanning salons each day in the US alone. These statistics are alarming considering the serious health risks involved. Not only can tanning lead to unsightly brown spots and wrinkles, but it can also significantly increase the possibility of developing skin cancer. Many tanning salons avoid those facts though, and instead promote the idea that tanning is a great source of vitamin D. Adequate vitamin D however can be obtained in a number of healthier ways, whether through the consumption of fish, milk, orange juice or supplements.
Though a tan may look good now it can have harmful effects on the health of your skin later. Simply put, there is no such thing as a safe tan especially when it comes to indoor salons.
Source: American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)