Thinking about removing your tattoo?
The process of removing a tattoo is tricky and must be done by a dermatologist for the best and most effective outcome. In the past tattoo removal was almost impossible, was very painful and the patient was left with undesired results. Some techniques included shaving the skin down, scrapping the skin, freezing or peeling the skin. These techniques left ugly scares.
With technological advancement the process of removing a tattoo is much easier and less painful for the patient. Tiny pulses of laser lights help remove or fade most colors of a tattoo with little risk of skin damage.
Tips for successful tattoo removal:
1. Consult a dermatologist before you do anything. Do not try a home remedy.
2. Not all tattoos will disappear. Don’t get your hopes up that your tattoo will completely disappear. Some colors are irreversible.
3. The older your tattoo the better. An older tattoo has naturally faded over time and the laser light pulses will not have to penetrate as deep.
4. Depending on the location of the tattoo, fading tattoos that are lower on the legs and arms take more time.
5. If an amateur did your tattoo it is easier for the dermatologist to remove the tattoo as opposed to a professional tattoo artist.
6. Dark ink tattoos are the easiest to fade. Lighter colors are harder because they respond differently to the light wavelengths. There is no single laser that can remove all colors.
7. Sunscreen can help minimize changes in skin pigmentation. If you have a summer tan, then you should wait to have your tattoo removed so that there is less color change in the skin.
Consulting a dermatologist is recommended before doing anything drastic to your skin like having a tattoo removed or even getting a tattoo. Contact us and our physician may be able to tell you if your tattoo will cause you to have an allergic reaction to the ink used in tattoos. George Wooming, M.D. is here to help you take proper care of your skin.
George Wooming, M.D.’s tips for healthy skin
Having a skin care routine is highly recommended by dermatologists
Establishing a daily cleaning routine is good for your skin by removing the daily oils and dirt that build up on your face. Follow these steps to keep your face glowing.
1. Nightly wash. Taking the time to wash your face every night will greatly increase your skin’s look and feel. For women, using a makeup remover will keep your pores clear while helping keeping bacteria from spreading onto your pillow. Use a gentle soap to clean your skin. You don’t want to use a harsh soap because that will completely remove all the oils from your skin – this will cause dry skin and could lead to problems. Once you have washed your face, dry it with a clean cloth. Be sure not to rub, pat dry instead. If possible air-drying is best.
2. Use a toner. Using a toner is not for everyone, but some find it helpful. A toner will remove the extra oils the soap missed and will close your pores so dirt does not creep back into them.
3. Apply a moisturizer. Using a light moisturizer at night will help repair your skin from the wear and tear of the day. A moisturizer will also help smooth out wrinkles.
Easy tips to help keep your skin clear
1. Reduce your sugar intake. A high sugar diet is not good for anything. Your body has a hard time processing “false” sugars like the sugar in candy and sodas.
2. Step into the sun. Your skin soaks up the vitamin D from the sun. Vitamin D helps prevent skin cancer and decrease depression. However too much sun is bad. Limit yourself to how much you are outside. About 15 minute of direct sunlight three times a week is good. Using a sunscreen will help prevent you from getting burned while still letting your skin soak up the vitamin D!
3. Drink water. Drinking plenty of water helps keep you and your skin hydrated. By drinking lots of water you body can more easily replenish its self and helps produce healthy skin cells.
4. Sweat. A lot of people tend to think that if you sweat you are clogging your pores up with dirt. This is not true – sweating helps push out the dirt. Once you have finished exercising splash some water on your face to wash away the dirt and wipe with a clean cloth.
5. Change your pillowcase. Although you wash your face every night your face still produces oils overnight that stick to your pillow. Over the course of the day dirt like pet dander and dust will settle on your pillow. Change your pillowcase frequently to avoid a heavy dirt build up.
George Wooming, M.D. serves the Dallas area and is focused on educating people on the proper skin care techniques.
Adult acne is more common than you think
Acne can happen to anyone and although it is more common in teenagers, a number of adults still get acne in their 30s, 40s and even into their 50s. Dermatologists call this adult-onset acne.
What causes acne?
There are numerous things that can cause acne to occur in adults. Fluctuating hormone levels can lead to breakouts. Women are more susceptible to this because there are more elements that can alter the levels of hormones. Women often experience the changing levels around their menstrual cycle, during pregnancy, menopause, starting birth control, or discontinuing birth control.
Stress can also cause these breakouts. During a stressful period our bodies respond by producing more-than-normal amounts of androgens. These hormones will cause the oil glands to activate. In addition to stress, your family history can be a factor in adult acne. You could be predisposed to it – ask your family if they know the history of anyone having acne problems.
Be careful using skin and hair care products and make sure you read the labels and see at least one of the following terms:
You’ll want to make sure any moisturizer, cleanser, sunscreen, and any other type of product you are using, has at least one of those terms listed.
Medications can have a negative side effect on acne as well. If you notice acne is occurring more often while taking a prescription consult the proscribing physician and discuss alternatives. If there are no alternatives, consult a Dallas dermatologist.
How can I treat my acne?
If your acne is severe then you should consult a dermatologist. However, if your breakouts are mild there are a few things you can do at home.
Contact George Wooming, M.D. today to set up an appointment. Adult acne is nothing to be embarrassed about, it happens to many people, but it doesn’t mean you have to keep living with it.
What is Botox?
Botox is a medically produced drug that is injected underneath the skin. It is used to treat muscular conditions but more commonly used for cosmetic purposes. This drug reduces wrinkles on the skin by temporarily paralyzing facial muscles. One Botox injection will last between four to six months. After that period, the muscle gradually returns to normal function. The wrinkles will start to reappear and the area will need to be retreated if desired. Over time, if treated often, the wrinkles will begin to not appear as severe because the muscles are being trained to stay relaxed. George Wooming, M.D. shares the top 3 most popular Botox areas.
Top 3 most popular Botox areas:
The use of Botox is a very popular practice and can be an alternative to cosmetic surgery. Contact Us to see if Botox is right for you.