This week, we’ve had an unusually high number of patients come in for laser tattoo removal consultation who have used or are currently using a well known Tattoo Removal and Fade system to remove their tattoos. Unfortunately, their experience with this system has been, let's just say, not-so-good. For some of the patients, the product did absolutely nothing to their tattoos. These were the fortunate people. For others who used the product, it not only did absolutely nothing for the tattoo, it actually caused scarring and discoloration of the normal skin.
In a previous article, we noted that tattoo fading creams do not work! We explained the scientific reasoning behind it. Their product is not FDA approved. Their website indicates they use a “medical device” that is FDA approved to apply the product. Their claim that it will remove the tattoo is not approved by the FDA. We have yet to actually see or hear about anyone who successfully used this product or any of the tattoo fading creams.
As we have mentioned, the tattoo removal options for people with tattoos include: temporary covering with makeup, surgical removing the tattoo (which can lead to scarring), or non-invasive laser tattoo removal.
Tattoo removal with FDA approved lasers is quite effective at removing tattoos. Done by a licensed medical professional, laser tattoo removal is safe and has minimal if any side effects.
If you are thinking of removing your tattoo, don't waste your time and money on products that do not work or can possibly cause permanent scarring and discoloration. If you would like to learn more about the laser tattoo removal process and live in the Orlando area, call us today at 407-494-0404 for a consultation.
Age-related macular (AMD) degeneration is commonly responsible for the loss of vision (blindness) in older adults. The loss of vision occurs in the middle of the visual field (where the macula is located).
In a recent study published in the April issue of Archives of Ophthalmology, it was found that women who consumed the most amount of vitamin D (via food or supplements) had a 59% less chance of developing early AMD.
The researchers did not find any relationship between the time spent in direct sunlight and early AMD. This is good because although spending time in the sun will increase vitamin D levels, it increases the chances of skin cancer and increase skin aging.
As you know from our previous discussion, the level of vitamin D can be increased via foods and supplements or from direct sunlight which helps our body produce its own vitamin D.
Previously, we have listed the many benefits of adequate vitamin D levels in our body. Now you can add the prevention of early AMD to the many benefits of having normal vitamin D levels.
It is now known that many Americans have low levels of vitamin D in their body. Be sure to have your doctor check your serum concentrations of 25-hydroxyvitamin D.
At Pristine Laser Center, we can have your vitamin D levels checked and if low, can start therapy. Contact us today for more information.
The FDA issued new guidelines for sunscreen products to help clear any confusion and prevent manufacturers from making false claims. Here is a summary of the new guidelines:
- The FDA now requires the sunscreen products to clearly state if they protect against UVA rays in addition to UVB rays. As you know, the SPF number on the sunscreen only indicates the level of protection against UVB rays. If the sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVB rays, you will see the label “Broad Spectrum SPF” on the product along with the SPF number.
Read more about UVA, UVB, SPF and sunscreen basics
- Only Broad spectrum SPF 15 sunscreen products and higher can claim to reduce the risk of skin cancer and the premature aging.
- Products that are not Broad spectrum or have an SPF less than 15 should have a label warning that the product has NOT been shown to help prevent skin cancer or early skin aging
- Non-Broad spectrum sunscreens or broadspectrum sunscreens with SPF less than 15 can only claim to help prevent sunburn.
- The terms “water proof”, “sweat proof”, “sun block” may not be used anymore.
- Sunscreens can be “water resistant”, but must indicate whether the product must be reapplied after 40 minutes or 80 minutes while swimming or sweating.
- The FDA also proposed that the SPF number be capped at 50, because products with SPF higher than 50 have not shown to have better protection.
If you must be out in the sun, be sure to use a Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 15 or higher (preferably SP 30 or more) and reapply the sunscreen at least every 2 hours.
At Pristine Laser Center, our goal is to educate and assist our clients in looking their best. If you would like to make an appointment, call 407-494-0404.
What are sun spots?
Sun spots are hyperpigmented (increase amount of pigment) areas on our skin. Sun spots are also known as age spots, senile freckles, and liver spots. In the past, it was thought that people who had these areas of hyperpigmentation suffered from liver disease. But we now know that is incorrect.
Sun spots generally range in color from red to brown to black. For most people, they are brown in color. Sun spots generally occur in areas exposed to the sun, such as the hands (from driving), face (especially on the left side of the face if you drive a lot), shoulders, forearms, arms, and neck. For men who are bald, it can also occur on the scalp. It can occur anywhere on the body exposed to the sun.
What causes sun spots?
If you live in Orlando, or any parts of Florida, Arizona, and Southern California, you are exposed to a much higher amount of ultra-violet (UV) radiation compared to other parts of the country. With this increased amount of exposure to UV radiation, there is damage to our skin.
When we are young, our skin tends to heal from this damage much more quickly. As we age, this skin damage from UV radiation tends to accumulate. Around the age of 40, our body is no longer able to effectively heal this damage and our skin starts to show signs UV damage. Certain parts of our skin start to get darker. This is especially true of people who live in the warmer climates such as Orlando.
What are my treatment options for removing sun spots?
Sun spots are generally harmless. Some people choose to live with them. However, most people want to get rid of them.
There are several options for removing sun spots. Sun spots do respond to liquid nitrogen application. Another option would be to apply Tretinoin cream 0.1% for at least 10 months. It must be said that women who are pregnant or are thinking about becoming pregnant should not use Tretinoin cream.
The best option for removing sun spots is with laser. Usually, only one treatment is needed. The procedure is quick and almost painless. Response is usually within a week. For darker sun spots, a second treatment may be needed.
If you live in the Orlando area and are interested in removing your sun spots, call Pristine Laser Center today at 407-494-0404 for a consultation. We can answer any questions you may have.
We often have people ask why it takes several sessions for tattoo removal to work. Recently a person said that another tattoo removal practice said they could get the tattoo off in less than 3 treatments.
It is important to understand that laser tattoo removal has its risks and dangers. In the wrong hands, the laser can cause severe scarring and damage to the skin. If a practice guarantees they can remove a tattoo in a certain number of sessions, you should be wary. It is almost impossible to know exactly how many tattoo removal sessions it will take to completely remove a tattoo. That depends on your skin type, the location of the tattoo, the colors of tattoo, and the amount of ink in the tattoo.
Based upon experience, we can say that an amateur tattoo can take anywhere between 1-3 treatments, although some amateur tattoos can take more. For a professional tattoo, it takes anywhere between 6-10 treatments, but sometimes up to 15.
When you go in for a consultation, it is important to understand that no one can guarantee anything regarding the outcome of tattoo removal. If a place says they can get rid of a tattoo in 3 sessions guaranteed, know that you will be at increased risk of scarring, bleeding and damage to the skin. You want to your tattoo to be removed and your skin to look normal. You don't want to replace your tattoo with a big scar.
If you are interested in tattoo removal and live in the Orlando area, call us today at 407-494-0404 for a consultation. We can answer any questions you may have and start the tattoo removal process.
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Pristine Laser Center in Orlando offers tattoo removal, laser hair removal, laser vein removal, laser skin rejuvenation, acne scar treatment, laser skin resurfacing, age spot/ sun spot removal, laser treatment of vascular lesions and much more.