Experts estimate that about half of all people who get tattoos later regret their decision. In the past, these people had little recourse aside from expensive and painful invasive surgery. However, new laser removal techniques are helping people of all ages rid themselves of tattoos they no longer want on their bodies.
Free Tattoo Infection Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed a skin infection or other injury after getting a tattoo, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
Is Complete Tattoo Removal Possible?
Tattoos are meant to be permanent, so removing them can be an extremely difficult process. Few dermatologic surgeons guarantee complete removal. However, there are a number of ways to remove tattoos that have proven to be considerably effective. The amount of remaining color and/or blemish depends on the size and location of the tattoo, as well as the individual’s ability to heal. The exact degree of removal is difficult to predict because tattoo inks and dyes are unregulated and may contain any number of different ingredients.
Traditional Tattoo Removal Surgery
Before lasers began being used in the late 1980s, tattoo removal involved one or more of the following painful, scar-inducing surgical techniques:
- Dermabrasion – Skin is “sanded” to remove the surface and middle layers
- Cryosurgery – Tattoo is frozen before being removed
- Excision – Surgeon removes the tattoo with a scalpel and closes the wound with stitches
Laser Tattoo Removal
Although the above-listed procedures are still used in rare cases today, lasers have become the first-line treatment for tattoo removal because they offer a low risk, bloodless alternative with few potential side effects. Laser tattoo removals are performed on an outpatient basis in a single or series of visits.
Lasers began being developed for industrial uses in the 1960s. When scientists created lasers that emitted short flashes of light called pulses, medical use became possible. These types of lasers can effectively remove tattoos with a low risk of scarring. The type of laser used to remove a tattoo depends on what pigments and dyes were used to create the art: yellow and green are typically the most difficult to remove, while blue and black are usually the easiest. The 3 lasers developed specifically for tattoo removal use a technique called “Q-switching,” which refers to the laser’s high-energy light pulses:
- Q-switched Ruby
- Q-switched Alexandrite
- Q-switched Nd: YAG – The newest type of laser used for the removal of red, blue and black tattoo inks
How Painful is it?
Unfortunately, both getting tattoos and having them removed can be quite painful, even with laser surgery. The impact of energy from laser light pulses has been described as the feeling of “hot bacon grease on your skin” or being snapped by a rubber band. Because black tattoo inks absorb all laser wavelengths, they are easiest to remove. Other colors such as green selectively absorb laser light, and can only be treated by selected lasers based on the dye color.
Side effects of laser tattoo removal may include:
- Hyperpigmentation – Abundance of color in or around the tattoo site
- Hypopigmentation – Treated area lacks normal skin color
- Infection of the tattoo site
- Lack of complete pigment removal
- Permanent scarring
Do I Have a Tattoo Infection Lawsuit?
The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Tattoo Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new skin infection cases in all 50 states.
Free Tattoo Infection Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one developed a skin infection or other injury after getting a tattoo, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Tattoo Skin Infection Suit and we can help.