During the first intake we will determine whether your skin and permanent makeup are suitable for this treatment and what the expected result may be. There are a few conditions we will discuss with you:
- Your skin can not be tanned from the sun, sunbeds or a tanning lotion. A laser treatment on tanned skin can cause light or dark spots. After the treatment, it is therefore importent to protect the skin against sunlight for 6 weeks with a sunscreen with a minimum protection factor of 20. Preferably several times a day. This helps to prevent discoloration of the skin. This is of course less necessary when there is little sunlight during the day.
- Some medicines make the skin more sensitive to light, which can cause blisters or scarring. Antibiotica, among others, can cause photosensitivity. It is therefore important to report your medication use.
You will get glasses to protect the eyes against the laser light. When removing eyeliners we apply a metal lens in the eye. Then we will choose the right settings, tailored to your skin and the color of the permanent makeup. The Picolaser works with a very fast method to remove the ink from the skin. The treatment may be sensitive, it feels like "pricks", like a rubber band hitting the skin. In general it is well tolerated because the treatment is very fast. You can safely take a painkiller one hour before the treatment, but usually this is not necessary. When needed you can ask your GP for a numbing cream. You need to apply this cream 45 minutes before the treatment and cover it with cling film. During the treatment the permanent makeup will turn white, this reaction is called ‘lasersnow’ and usually disappears within a few minutes. The hairs of the eyebrows can temporarily turn white. This will fade after the treatment, leftovers may be colored with an eyebrow powder from Colorscience. This is available in our clinic. The laser does not damage the hairs of the eyebrows (the puls is too short to destroy the hair root). This is of course the same for the eyelashes and eyeliners. The hairs will remain intact.
fter the treatment, the skin is cooled to remove the heat from the skin. There will be some redness and swelling of the treated area. Sometimes small pinpoint hemorrhages occur. These hemorrhages are harmless and heal quickly. The days after the treatment small scabs may occur, these will fall off on their own. It is important that you do not scratch these scabs because of scarring and infection. By applying Alhydran multiple times a day the scabs will disappear quickly. The skin will be vulnerable after the treatment and has to be treated carefully. When the skin is stil intact you may use soms camouflage or makeup. Leave the skin alone as much as possible. Careful washing is allowed but make sure the skin gets patted dry. Until one week after the treatment activities like sports, sauna, hot tubs, etc. are not recommended. If we have applied eye protection in the eye, you may suffer from blurred vision an hour afterwards. Swelling around the eyes is normal and can possible last up to 3 days.
The goal of the treatment is to remove permanent makeup without damaging the skin. In about 4 weeks after the first treatment the result of the prior treatment will be visible and another treatment may follow. We don't always achieve the desired result. This may have to do with the type of ink used during the permanent make-up application. Permanent make-up sometimes uses red pigments that are unstable and temporarily darken after the first treatment. During the first intake we will inform you about the result you can expect.
Compared to older laser, much less treatments will be necessary to get rid of the permanent makeup. Around 1 to 5 treatments are needed with an interval of 4 weeks. The following factors influence the amount of treatment:
- The type of ink used when applying the PMU. In some cases tattoo ink is used to apply permanent makeup. As a result more treatments might be necessary.
- The age of the PMU. Permanent makeup that's been in the skin for a while will fade quicker then when it's just applied.
- The color of the permanent makeup. The less colors that are processed, the faster the ink will fade. This has to do with unstable pigments that can change into another color. As a result more treatments will be necessary. Or because multiple colors have been used to achieve a certain end result during the setting of the PMU, resulting in unexpected colors that require extra treatment.
- Skin type. The lighter the skin, the faster the PMU fades.
- The amount of ink used. The less ink used, the faster the PMU will fade.
- Scar formation that occurred after or during PMU setting or after solvent removal attempts. As a result, it may take longer for all the ink to be removed from the skin.
The treatment frequency depends on the recovery of the skin. Usually there is 4 weeks between the treatments so that we can properly assess the result of the previous treatment.
In general the removal of permanent makeup is not reimbursed by your health insurer from the supplementary insurance. You can obtain information about this from your own health insurer. Huidkliniek Twente is affiliated with the "Nederlandse Vereniging van Huidtherapeuten" and all of our skin therapists are registered in the "Kwaliteitsregister Paramedici". You will always receive a quote in advance during the intake.
BEFORE AND AFTER RESULTS REMOVAL OF PERMANENT MAKEUP