The Dangers of R20 Laser Removal

The Dangers of R20 Laser Removal

R20 laser tattoo removal is sometimes referred to as ‘Accelerated Tattoo Removal’. It essentially works the same as standard tattoo removal by shattering the ink in the dermal layer of the skin but has a very different procedure. While standard tattoo removal involves passing over the unwanted tattoo once per session and waiting 5-6 weeks between sessions; R20 removal procedures consist of multiple treatments in 1 day (usually 4) spaced around 20 minutes apart. The patient then has to wait 8 weeks before their next R20 session. The 20 minute wait between treatments is to allow ‘frosting’ that often appears with laser tattoo removal to subside(see pictures below) and ensure the laser pulses are not blocked on the next passing.

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This image is before & after a standard tattoo removal session to illustrate ‘frosting’.

So, why should you avoid R20 removal?

First of all, there is only one published study on the R20 removal procedure which uses a Q-Switched Alexandrite Laser. This type of laser is uncommon and not as powerful as the Q-Switched ND-YAG lasers that are more widely used now. You can take a look at the abstract from the study here. The study itself has quite a few problems:

  • The sample size for the study was very small (12 participants)
  • As stated above, the laser used in the study is very uncommon.
  • The starting intensity of the laser was very aggressive for the first treatment.(5.5J/cm², 755nm, 100-nanosecond pulse duration, 3-mm spot size) . The starting intensity should be tailored to the skin type using the Fitzpatrick scale.
  • No darker skin tones were tested which are the most prone to pigmentary changes.
  • The method was only tested on black and blue inks.

The method has only been tested with one type of laser which is not as powerful as some of the more modern lasers which are more commonplace in practices. The more modern lasers have not been thoroughly tested with the method and so there is an even greater risk of extensive damage.

The R20 method can also cause greater epidermal injury to the treated area and this is stated in the study abstract (link above). There is also an increased risk of texture changes although it also states that none of the participants suffered scarring.

A standard tattoo removal procedure can take around 15 minutes whereas the R20 method can take anything from 80 minutes+ depending on the amount of time that is left between passes. This means that patients will have to take more time out and practices will have to book more time out to accommodate the method.

The method is also way too aggressive for sensitive skin types and would more than likely cause scarring or extensive skin injury. All patients should first be categorised using the Fitzpatrick scale so that the laser intensity is suited to their skin type.

The R20 procedure may fade tattoos quicker than standard methods, it is doing so at what cost? You may have to wait a little longer with standard removal but your skin will thank you for it.

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Updates on the madhouse called Taattoo!

Lots of changes have happened since we started blogging here, so we thought we’d update you guys on what’s happening at Taattoo as of 2017!

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You guys remember our two tattoo apprentices, Sam and Jack (Pablo)? They have both flown the nest – Jack late last year and Sam as of the beginning of this year. We wish them the best of luck in their futures, wherever life takes them!

In our tattooing department, we, of course, have our experienced and talented Andy who is the main tattooist in the studio at the moment. Under his wing are our newest additions to Taattoo – Ellis and Kris! They are soon to be Taattoo’s new tattoo apprentices, so keep your eyes peeled on our social media to see their progress as they’re training, practising and eventually getting unleashed onto the public!

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In our body piercing department, we have Senior Piercer, Sophie! She is currently nearing the THIRD year of her life sentence! She is fully experienced in all things body piercing and is always up for a challenge! Under her wing is Junior Piercer, Poh. She started her piercing apprenticeship here at Taattoo late summer 2016 and has been gaining more experience and knowledge every day! She has now completely all her training and is competent and confident in ALL piercings performed at Taattoo. She is absolutely loving her journey to becoming a piercing master and welcomes any and all piercings, from ears to nips to bits!

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Our piercers are still offering BOGOF piercings every Tuesday for #twofortuesday – and have recently introduced the 1/3 off Thursday offers! Every 3rd Thursday of every month, ALL piercings are available for 1/3 off the price!

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Lumiere Professional Laser Clinic (@Taattoo) offers laser tattoo removal and carbon facials and is run by the fabulous Ema. Lasering and carbon facial treatments are now available by appointment ONLY, as Ema now only comes into the studio for her clients’ appointments. As with tattoo bookings, a deposit is needed to make any bookings with Ema!! Find Lumiere’s page on social media to keep up to date with special offers or discounts Ema will be offering on both lasering and carbon facials and don’t miss out on a mega deal!

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And I think that’s it for today, guys and ghouls! Thanks for reading and see you next week for our next blog post…..

Cartilage piercings and everything you need to know before getting one.

Cartilage piercings and everything you need to know before getting one.

So you’ve been thinking of getting yourself a shiny new cartilage ear piercing and unsure what to go with or where to start? Below is a list of the many cartilage piercings available to you and your ear lugs.

Types of cartilage piercings for ears:

  • Helix
  • Tragus
  • Daith
  • Conch
  • Scaffold/Industrial
  • Snug
  • Rook
  • Forward Helix
  • Anti-Tragus

Getting your first cartilage piercing can be nerve wracking and can cause your palms to sweat. Many wonder about the pain, lets just say it’s an entirely different feeling to just getting your lobes pierced but don’t let that put you off! The amount of people that return weeks later for another piercing is mad, once people get the piercing bug (much like tattoo addiction) it can be difficult to shake.

The cartilage part of the ear can often be a bit hard as it mostly consists of connective tissue. It is important to ensure that the piercing is done by an experienced and reputable piercer to avoid complications in future. Generally, piercing guns are used for piercing lobes and only lobes, but that certainly depends on the piercer. If the piercer pulls out a piercing gun of any form to pierce your cartilage, run for the hills! This can shatter your cartilage and cause some serious damage!

Normally the area is clamped and pinched or supported by a receiving tube so that the needle can pass through easily. As the needle passes through, you’ll more than likely experience a slight uncomfortable pinch, the best thing to keep in mind is that the pain is never as bad as you think and always remember to keep breathing.

The correct jewellery size will be inserted for any swelling that you may experience in the chosen piercing area. After a healing period you will need to downsize the jewellery to avoid any later complications such as migration or excessive discomfort.