Unfortunately, not all treatments are for everyone. Please check our contraindications list to make sure you avoid disappointment.
Conditions that would mean you were not able to have this treatments:
Conditions affecting your Immune System
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) an autoimmune disease often referred to simply as “Lupus”.
Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis especially if treated with “Gold Injections” or Methotrexate
Any other known auto-immune disorder
Any other disease affecting your immune function e.g. following removal of your Spleen
Liver disease such as Hepatitis A, B, C
Haemophilia, Von Willibrands Disease, Thrombocytopenia
Blood Thinning Medication
Anticoagulants such as Warfarin, Heparin, Clexane Or Dabigatron
High doses of Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Diclofenac (NB Prophylactic slow release Aspirin at 75 mg day or less is acceptable)
Prone to Keloid or very thick scarring
Vitiligo or any other skin pigmentation problem
Psoriasis or eczema (on treatment area)
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) for Cancer
Chemotherapy/Radiotherapy for Cancer, Leukaemia, Myeloma or Lymphoma
Other Conditions Where Fragmented Ink Particles Could Cause Harm
Acute or Chronic Kidney Disease
Type 1 Diabetes & type 2 when on medication
Implants / Metal Plates/ or Pacemakers
Conditions that need a doctor’s letter to confirm the treatment is suitable before treatments can begin:
Transplant Anti-Rejection Drugs
Hypertension (High blood pressure treated with medication)
Cancer - after 12 months
The list below is of things that require a waiting period until you can start treatments:
Active Herpes simplex (Cold Sores) - wait 2 weeks until its healed and use antiviral medication a few days before and continue a week after treatment
Acute fungal infections - Wait until the condition has cleared until having your treatment
UV exposure from sunbathing or sunbeds - wait 4 weeks before your starting your treatment and please note you cannot sunbath or go on a sunbed during your course of treatment
Chemical Peel, Microdermabrasion or Radio Frequency - wait 4 weeks before starting treatments and do not have in the area during your treatment course.
Medical Chemical Peels, Dermabrasion, Laser Skin Resurfacing or Face Lift at site of treatment - wait 6 months before starting treatments and do not have in the area during your treatment course.
Drugs & Herbal Remedies
Fever Few or St John’s Wort - both of these herbs are photosensitising
Recommend that the client stops taking the preparation and waits 4 weeks for the herb to be completely cleared from their system before treatment - otherwise client skin may be burned.
Over the counter pain relief e.g. non-steroidal
Antiinflammatory/pain relief drugs such as Ibuprofen and/or Aspirin these must be allowed to clear from a client’s system before any treatment – suggest a delay of one – two weeks before treatment begins.
Prescribed a drug for a short term (course of less than six weeks) by their GP/Hospital
The course should be finished and wait at least a further six weeks for any drug to be completely excreted from their system before having treatment. (Notable drugs that can cause problems during laser and or IPL use are Tetracycline antibiotics and steroids)
Prescribed a long term drug (a course lasting longer than 6 weeks) by their GP/Hospital
The client should be referred back to the prescribing doctor for a letter of authorisation for the treatment to go ahead. Notable long term drugs that can cause problems are Ro-Acutane used in Acne treatments (specifically listed on Medical History form), Minocin which is an antibiotic (frequently used in long term Acne therapy) and Amioderone a drug used in Cardiology.
BEFORE & AFTERCARE
Before your treatment:
No sun-tanning or self-tanners 4 weeks prior to treatment o Includes spray tans, tanning lotions, tanning beds, sun exposure, etc.
Avoid treatments that may irritate the skin for 1-2 weeks prior to treatment (waxing, depilatories, etc.)
Notify clinic with any changes to your health history or medications since your last appointment
History of herpes or cold sores may require an anti-viral prescription prior to treatment if treating in the area that breakouts occur.
After your treatment:
A cold compress will help reduce any swelling and take the “sting” out of the treated area
A soothing cream/lotion such as Aloe Vera may be applied to the treated area immediately after treatment
To avoid snagging on clothing, a sterile dressing may be applied to the treated area – but (if used) this should be changed every day by the client so that the treated area can be checked.
The client should be advised to keep the treated area away from strong sunlight for a few weeks or to use a sun protective cream (at least SP30) (This prevents over treating the skin’s natural melanin)
The most important consideration is that the treated area should be kept clean and dry but avoid very hot baths and showers. Use warm water and pat dry – do not rub.
Under no circumstances should the client “pick” at the blisters. These should be allowed to heal and flake away naturally.
If discoloured (honey coloured) oozing of the treated area takes place an antiseptic cream should be applied
If after 2 days there is still honey coloured pus – the client must seek medical attention / antibiotic treatment