Session two December 2014
So, a little later than I was expecting due to a broken collar bone here is my second blog.
Booking was easy I rang the clinic and the reception staff knew who I was, how long my treatment would take and how much it would cost.
When I arrived I was shown into a clean and tidy treatment room and asked about how my skin had reacted following my last visit. These questions allow the person treating you to understand what power setting the laser should be on for maximum effectiveness.
The next step was to get myself comfortable for the next hour! Once ready to go ice is applied to your skin to try and numb the skin a little and reduce the pain as much as possible. Personally I find it useful to take some painkillers beforehand, as the pain can be quite bad at times depending on the area being treated – in this respect it is very similar to tattooing.
When the machine is turned on a small red light shows the operator what area the laser is pointing at. It ‘fires’ a couple of times a second and as the laser hits the ink particles in your skin you hear a loud cracking noise.
The feeling is difficult to explain and is probably different for everyone, but the closest sensation for me is like a very thick elastic band being flicked repeatedly against your skin. Unfortunately this isn’t particularly pleasant and it’s worth saying that if your pain tolerance isn’t reasonably high it’s not something you’re going to enjoy. I think the level of pain is similar to being tattooed but the sensation is different. If you have been tattooed then I would say there is no reason why you couldn’t tolerate the laser.
As the treatment continues you see the skin over your tattoo turn a whiter colour temporarily which is due to the laser reacting with the ink. Another element worth mentioning is the smell, as your skin smells a little like it is burning. It’s not as bad as it sounds, I’m just trying to be honest about it so you know what to expect. Once the appointment is complete, a large amount of Aloe Vera is applied to the area to try and reduce inflammation.
In the next blog I will try and cover off the various after effects of the treatment as well as some of the aftercare things I have discovered.