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A 35-year-old member asked:

i have new tattoo. over two weeks old. black is faded under peeled layer and almost looks completely gone.?

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Dr. Michael Yap
Nephrology and Dialysis 14 years experience
Not deep enough: It could be possible that the artist may not have tattooed deep enough into your skin. The ink needs to deposit in dermis, a lower layer of skin, after breaking through the epidermis. If it is in the epidermis, your immune system will try to break it down and take it away.

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Can you be a living donor if you have tattoos?

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A 16-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to get tattoos?

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Yes: It is safe to get tattoos. You should ensure that the tattoo artist is using sterile technique and the facility is clean & reputable. This means the artist should wear gloves, clean your skin with alcohol, use a sterile new needle, new unused inks, and use sterile technique with sharp items & bleeding, if any. People get into trouble with reused needles & inks causing infections like hepatitis c.
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A 45-year-old member asked:

This is a serious question, and I desperately need your advice. Power sanding a tattoo off?

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Absolutely DO NOT!: First i would hope your would have thought about this prior to getting the tattoo but now that the damage is done, it may be possible for you to have some laser treatment by a certified and qualified dermatologist to remove the tattoo. If it is a colored tattoo, you may have more difficulty removing it. You, yourself, should in no way, use a power tool to remove the tattoo. Don't do it!
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A 26-year-old member asked:

When you get a tattoo is it normal for it to stick to clothes?

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Yes: It is open cut for a few days. Use lubricant such ad aquaphor so that tattoo does not adhere to clothing until healed.
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A 19-year-old member asked:

Are tattoos bad for you in anyway?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
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Rare infection: If not performed professionally with new needles hepatitis or other infections can be transmitted by tattoo artist. It is also a very timely process to remove a tattoo, so make sure you want it before you commit.

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