Spring Cleaning: It’s Time To Shed The Past

by Dr. Ramtin Kassir, M.D., F.A.C.S. | July 17, 2018, 10:39 a.m.

The sun is beginning to lift its sleepy head earlier, birds are beginning to sing outside our windows, and the fresh scent of Spring is wafting through the air - all the signs for a fresh start to a new season! This is the time to shed some old habits, toss out things that no longer are needed and remove any of the heavy layers that have been weighing us down throughout the winter.

There’s something about the Spring that evokes a need for a fresh start as it begins to blossom. This is an exciting time for many of us, as we begin to evaluate our homes and lifestyles to see what we no longer need. Here are some of the things we’ll be looking into erasing from our lives this Spring!

Clothing: It’s easy to let our closets become overcrowded with outfits purchased over the years, but in reality, do we really need all of it still? As we dig through our dressers and closets, it’s easy to discover that a majority of the items invading our space are ones we never even wear. This is the perfect time to try on these lost items, decide if we like them still, and donate the ones we no longer want to a charity, shelter or thrift store. This way you’ll free up some space and give back, as well!

Food: Hibernation season has officially ended today, which means it’s time to check out what we’ve been putting into our bodies. During those chilly months, sometimes it’s easy to slip into the comfort food zone. If you’ve been munching on chips and binging on Ben and Jerry’s like we have, it’s time to put down those calories and switch over to fruits and veggies. And once you get into this healthy habit, you’ll realize that your body only craves the sweet nectar of a ripe peach and the earthy flavor of sauteed veggies.

Clutter: With the busyness of life and an inclination for keeping things for nostalgia or those “just in case” moments, it’s easy to find ourselves buried under stacks of paper and mystery items with which we’ve formed a bond. But this can really hold us back from fully enjoying the burst of energy that comes with this promising season. But harnessing that energy to go through the clutter that has been accumulating is the greatest way to gain a fresh start with this Spring equinox.

Old Memories: Similar to removing the clutter in our lives, old memories can linger and hold us back from beautiful new beginnings. This can be caused by hanging onto items of our exes, grudges that are no longer necessary, and decisions we regret. And sometimes those decisions include permanent reminders, like tattoos. Tattoo removal is one of the many areas that Dr. Kassir can help you clean out old memories and restart fresh. With the power of laser technology, your tattoo (and memory) will slowly fade over the course of 3-10 sessions, depending on the size.

Hello Spring, Goodbye Past Mistakes: Tattoo Removal 101

We all have past regrets - some are etched permanently into our memories, while others are displayed on our skin for all to see. At certain points in our lives, we make decisions that seem brilliant at the time. But as time passes, we realize we have evolved and we may not be so fond of that choice. Thankfully, we have the ability to mask or erase these, so that the reality of this realization isn’t so harsh.

Tattoo removal is one way of allowing yourself a fresh start as the spring season begins to bloom. During your initial consultation, I’ll sit down with you to help you get a clearer understanding of what a tattoo removal involves and explain the various options for the procedure. Just to give you an overview, here are some brief descriptions of what I’ll go indepth about during your visit.

Types of Procedures:

Laser - a high intensity light is used to break down the pigmented color of the ink. This is done over a series of 3-10 sessions with 4-6 week breaks between each session. This is one of the most common forms of tattoo removal.

Excision - this is where the surgeon removes the area of skin where the tattoo is located, then once the ink is extracted, the removed skin will be reattached via stitches. This is also a very common procedure for tattoo removal. This method removes all traces of ink, but will result in scarring.

Dermabrasion - for superficial or faded tattoos, dermabrasion may be used to remove the ink. This involves sanding away the skin containing the ink. This is not as commonly performed, but it is one approach to tattoo removal.  

For more information on this procedure, please contact us at info@drkassir.com or call one of our offices at 201-288-3000 (NYC), 201-857-2370 (Ridgewood), or 973-692-9300 (Wayne) to set up a consultation.