Archive for October, 2013

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Worth Watching Before Buying a Healing Cream for Tattoo Removal

This video provides a great overview of the options currently available for someone wanting to get rid of a tattoo they regret having. Many people we know have chosen the laser treatment option and have followed it up with a good healing cream.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Do You Need a Healing Cream for Tattoo Removal?

tattooOne study suggests that as many as one-third of all people with a tattoo regret their decision in some way – whether it was the design they chose, the location, or the fact that they now have ink permanently marking their body. If you find yourself in the group of those wishing they had avoided that particular trip to the tattoo parlor, you may have considered getting a cover-up tattoo or perhaps removing the tattoo altogether.

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For people wishing to remove all signs of their tattoos entirely, like the Belgian woman who had 56 stars tattooed across her face, there are new technologies now that do a pretty incredible job of removing the ink. But before we get into that, let’s get clear on what a tattoo actually is…

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Getting a tattoo involves having permanent pigment inserted into the dermal layer of the skin through ruptures in the top of the skin’s surface. Modern day tattooing uses an electric tattoo machine with needles that quickly and repeatedly puncture the skin in a similar motion as a sewing machine needle. The process is quite painful, but hopefully leads to a lifelong joy of wearing the art of your choice on your body.

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Should you wish to remove your tattoo, it may not be possible to completely remove all traces of the ink. Most dermatologic surgeons warn that absolute removal is not possible since tattoos were applied to be permanent, and there are more than 100 different tattoo inks today – all with different qualities and longevity. The determining factors in how easy a tattoo is to remove with these new technologies include size, color, location on the body, health of an individual, how old the tattoo is, and how well the tattoo was applied in the first place. There are a number of methods that are proving more promising and effective than ever, especially when used with a good healing cream to help the skin heal after being treated.

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Tattoo removal used to involve some very painful surgeries that would often leave unsightly scars. Now people have the option of being treated with lasers, which have become the preferred treatment because they don’t involve surgery, are lower risk and have less side effects. They often do, however, require multiple treatments to remove the ink. The procedures are done on an outpatient basis and patients may or may not require topical or local anesthesia. Very often, a good healing cream can assist the skin in recovering from the laser treatment and prevent scarring.

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When a laser is being used to remove a tattoo, surprisingly, blue and black are the easiest colors to remove while green and yellow are the hardest. This is because black pigment absorbs all laser wavelengths and the other colors absorb the laser rays selectively and will only respond to lasers targeted to their pigment color.

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There are three types of lasers designed specifically for tattoo removal, and they all involve a technique where the laser emits short, high-energy pulses to break up the ink so that it can be absorbed by the immune system and expelled from the body.

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Undergoing laser removal can be quite painful – even more painful than getting the original tattoo put on. We have heard it likened to having hot grease splattered on your skin or being snapped by a rubber band. Ouch! Sometimes people will take a non-aspirin pain reliever prior to the procedure or apply a prescription anesthetic cream a couple hours before to help with discomfort.

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Immediately after the procedure, the doctor will generally apply an antibiotic ointment and dress the area to keep it clean. After the risk of infection has passed and some healing has occurred, many people find benefit from using a nourishing healing cream to support the skin and lessen the chance of scarring. Skin may feel slightly sunburned for two or more days and the treated area could stay red for a few weeks. If the site forms a scab, you’ll want to take care not to rip the scab off and to let it fall off naturally.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Florida Cancer Specialists Are Helping Patients Soothe Radiation Side Effects

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Cancer patients receiving treatment with Florida Cancer Specialists can now obtain Jeans Cream right at their oncologist’s office to help relieve skin-related radiation side effects. Florida Cancer Specialists andamp; Research Institute (FCS) is the largest independent oncology/hematology practice in the United States, with over 160 physicians, 100 nurse practitioners and more than 70 clinical sites in their network. They are committed to providing world-class cancer care in community-based settings close to home. Recognized by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) with a national Clinical Trials Participation Award, FCS offers patients access to more clinical trials than any private oncology practice in Florida.

Their physicians are consistently ranked nationally as Top Doctors by U.S. News andamp; World Report. Trained in such prestigious medical schools and research institutes as Duke, Stanford, Harvard, Emory, M.D. Anderson, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering, the physicians of Florida Cancer Specialists provide leadership and consultation in the state’s leading hospitals.

Established in 1984, FCS serves patients on the Gulf Coast from Naples to the greater Tampa Bay area, north as far as Tallahassee, in Orlando and surrounding Central Florida communities, and on the East Coast in Palm Beach County. At Florida Cancer Specialists, their primary purpose is to provide the most advanced cancer treatment, using cutting-edge technologies, in a setting where patients can be close to home and surrounded by family and friends.