Which Tattoo Colors can be Effectively Removed?

According to recent studies, twenty percent of adults who have tattoos regret getting the ink. Whether you’re ashamed of your tattoo or have simply outgrown the rebellious years of your youth, we have a solution for you. Advanced Dermatology specializes in laser tattoo removal, a safe and effective method which breaks down sections of pigment in your skin. Machinery relies on the delegation of wavelengths to target certain areas of coloration. This factor lends to the greater effectiveness of laser technology on specific tattoo colors as opposed to others.

Think Before You Ink

Caucasian male tattoo artist tattooing Caucasian woman.The popularity of tattoos has grown drastically in recent years and in turn so has the desire to have them removed. Often people will regret a tattoo that they no longer feel fits their self-conception or is not acceptable in their chosen career. Other reasons to have a tattoo removed include it being poorly done or a desire to get another tattoo in the place of the removed one. There are a few things you should consider in order to avoid regretting a tattoo and wanting to have it removed.

You should do a lot of research before deciding on a tattoo artist. Remember that this is permanent artwork on your body so you should really develop a relationship with the tattoo artist before they start putting ink on your skin. Talk to people that you know who have tattoos and do your research online. The artist should have experience and a reputation of doing quality work. Good communication with your tattoo artist is essential and you should make it very clear to them what you want.

When considering getting a tattoo, do not just assume you can easily get it removed just because the technology is available. Tattoo removal can be an expensive and lengthy process requiring multiple treatments depending on the size of the tattoo and the color of the ink used. Lasers that can remove tattoos include Q-switched lasers, Ruby, Nd:YAG, Alexandrite, and others. Smaller tattoos with black ink are the ones with the highest success at laser removal. Larger tattoos with multiple colors usually will not be removed 100%. In almost all cases there will be some skin changes as a result of tattoo removal. The FDA advises anyone who is considering tattoo removal to avoid do-it-yourself tattoo removal options and see a dermatologist.

If you already have a tattoo that you regret and would like to have it removed, the expert dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology can help. We have lasers that can effectively remove most tattoos and we have the experience needed to get the best results. Set up a consultation at one of our 13 conveniently located offices throughout New York and New Jersey today to learn about your options.

5 Risks of Getting a Tattoo

If you’re considering getting a tattoo it is important to find a place that is clean and professional where you can be assured the tattoo will be done in a sterile manner. Since when you get a tattoo you are actually breaking open the skin, the potential dangers are similar to those of any surgical procedure. Although tattoo removal is possible using laser treatments do not assume you can just get a tattoo removed if you don’t want it anymore. Assume that it is permanent! Multiple treatments are generally required and often it can never be completely removed. If you are going to get one, however, be aware of some of the following risks:

  1. Infection and blood borne illness from non-sterile tools or contaminated inks. Since a tattoo needle breaks open the skin, you are exposed to potential infection and blood borne illness. This makes it crucial that the person giving you your tattoo is a professional who follows proper sterilization procedures.
  2. Allergic reactions to ink ingredients. There is not much regulation for tattoo inks currently. You may have an allergy that you don’t know about until you have a reaction.
  3. Scarring or formation of raised bumps called granulomas. A tattoo may result in scar formation or raised red bumps may appear as a reaction to the pigment.
  4. Swelling during an MRI from having magnetic inks. Although having a tattoo doesn’t preclude you from having an MRI, certain magnetic inks may promote complications and should be discussed with your doctor.
  5. Tattoos can prevent early skin cancer detection. A tattoo can cover up an irregular mole and prevent you from detecting skin cancer. Since the tattoo may hide the growth of a mole, its color, and other signs of skin cancer, it is especially important to have regular skin exams performed by a dermatologist.

Another Reason to Think Against Tattoos

man-with-tattooFor varying, often personal reasons, millions of Americans have tattoos on their bodies. In addition to regret, some individuals experience allergic reactions to the ink of their tattoos. More recently, researchers in Germany have found that tattoos may cover up moles and lesions, making it difficult to detect skin cancer. What specifically did they find?

Tattoos: Concealer of Skin Cancer

Researchers with the University of Heidelberg, Germany, pointed to the case study of a 29-year-old man with a tattoo on his arms and chest. Ten years later, the patient sought tattoo removal, during which a mole on his shoulder was uncovered. Further tattoo removal was stopped until the mole was biopsied. The mole turned out to be a malignant melanoma. What can we take from this to preserve the safety of tattoo removal patients.

Skin Examinations Absolutely Necessary Before Tattoo Removal

Sixteen other cases of tattoos hiding melanoma have been documented in medical literature. While laser tattoo removal is still relatively safe, patients must first undergo a complete skin examination by a board-certified dermatologist. If anything suspicious is found, a biopsy needs to be taken to determine the presence of skin cancer. If the biopsy results are positive, the skin cancer must be removed before tattoo removal can even be considered.

Looking to Get Rid of That Tattoo? Contact Us Today!

If you are seeking removal of one or more tattoos, contact us today to schedule a consultation and discuss treatment options. At Advanced Dermatology, PC, our board-certified dermatologists are experts in the latest lasers, enabling them to treat tattoos of many different colors on all skin types. In addition, our dermatologists can perform the necessary complete skin examination beforehand, and in the event of skin cancer, our Mohs surgeon can treat it with minimal scarring. Our conveniently located offices welcome patients from Queens (Bayside, Flushing), Long Island – Nassau/Suffolk (Roslyn Heights, West Islip, Commack, East Setauket), New York City (Upper West Side, Upper East Side), Brooklyn (Park Slope) Westchester County (Ossining, Briarcliff Manor), Bergen County, NJ, Union County, NJ, and all surrounding areas.

Before You Get a Tattoo, Did You Know ….?

Many Americans have one or more tattoos on their bodies, for reasons only they may understand. When going for tattoos, people often overlook the many potential dangers of tattoos. Even in the cleanest of settings, infections may still occur, as seen by a recent streak of tattoo-related infections in the Rochester, NY, area. What exactly happened to these individuals? And could they have prevented this?

Nobody Thinks About the Ink

Roughly 3 weeks after receiving tattoos from a certain tattoo artist, 19 people ended up with a stubborn rash at the site of their tattoos. Biopsies taken from 17 of those people showed M. chelonae infections, which were traced back to an ink used by the tattoo artist. This discovery led to a manufacturer-wide recall of the ink in question. As for the infected individuals, they were successfully treated with antibiotics.

Tattoo Causing You Grief? Contact Us Today!

Whether a recent tattoo has become infected or you wish to be rid of an old tattoo, contact us today to schedule a consultation. At Advanced Dermatology, PC, our board-certified dermatologists are experts at diagnosing and treating many skin conditions. In addition, our dermatologists are expertly trained in the latest lasers used for tattoo removal. Our ten conveniently located offices welcome patients from Queens, Long Island (Roslyn/Albertson, West Islip, Commack, East Setauket), New York City, Bergen County, NJ, Union County, NJ, and all surrounding areas.