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Can Skin Reject Tattoo Ink
Tattoos on your breasts, or elsewhere, will not have any effect on your pregnancy or on breastfeeding your new baby. It may not be a good idea to get a new tattoo during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, because of the small risk of infection from the small breaks in the skin that ...Read more
Got tattoo. Removed tattoo (laser). Tried to cover scar w/new tattoo. Removed coverup. Left with permanent scarring. Can my skin ever fully heal?
No, but...: Nobody has a perfect body, Ben. You had an adventure. You had the courage to make a statement, and even if things didn't turn out as you'd hoped, your life is richer. The key to looking and feeling good is fitness. How trim and muscular your are is entirely up to you. And you've got a story to share from a time when you were younger. Be good to yourself, and best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Despite Keratosis Pilaris (KP), I'm getting a tattoo. Once the tattoo heals, will exfoliation (loofah/body scrub/AmLactin lotion) harm the tattoo?
Unlikely: I'm a tattoo buff and have three of my own. Get it ONLY if it's something you've wanted for several years in exactly the form you're getting. Tattoos are in the dermis and keratosis pilaris is a curious epidermal illness. I hope that your choice of design is one that's deeply meaningful, and I admire your courage in asking. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How does the body metabolize and eliminate particles that are injected into the skin (ie tattoo ink during laser removal) ?
Do the lymph nodes containing tattoo ink particles (during laser removal) protect the body from potential toxins in the inks? Do they ever leave body?
It is possible: Writing ink is composed of a combination of dyes pigments solvents and water according to medline plus. These ingredients individually and together are nonpoisonous and treatment generally is not needed if less than an ounce is consumed. Tattoo ink is not regulated by the food and drug administration and therefore could contain any number of ingredients that cause poisoning especiallyhome made. ...Read more
I'm undergoing laser tattoo removal. Read about possible cancers caused by fragmented ink particles. Can a healthy immune system eliminate most ink?
Yes: There is no solid data to believe that the ink causes cancers. THe q switched laser shatters the ink and your immune system carried it to the lymphatic's. Many times the entire tattoo can be removed esp black ink. but not always at times there is residual ink left behind. Colors like yellow, white some blues and greens also are more likely to have residual ink. ...Read more
I am allergic to tatto ink. Will laser removal cause the allergens to spread through my body and cause allergic reactions in other areas?
Possibly: There have been case reports of systemic allergic reactions to vaporized tattoo ink during laser removal including anaphyllactic reactions. Certain lasers are more prone to cause this reaction. If you have a history of a severe reaction to ink and must remove the tattoo, surgical methods of removal may be safer. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Probably not: Most products only improve the appearance of the scar but do not totally remove it. ...Read more
How resilient is skin to laser treatments? (I.e. Tattoo removal; Fraxel resurfacing). Is there a threshold where the skin says 'uncle'?
Different types.: Different types of lesions require different types of laser You need to show this to a derm doc that does laser and he /she will tell you how it can be done safely and when to stop. Not that laser may not be the best answer and may need to seek a plastic surgeon advice. ...Read more
Yes: I had a patient who almost did, in fact. He drew up ink from a pen into his Insulin syringe and proceeded to tattoo himself. Within some days he presented with sepsis secondary to staph aureus and nearly died. Icu for a month and complications from pancreatitis. This isn't an unusual story for someone who wants to take that risk. Not worth your life. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm proned 2 allergic reactions but never a reaction to tattoo/hair dye. I just got a tattoo & hair dyed on same day (diff. Colors) will this harm me?
If tattoo ink is water insoluble, is the body able to safely excrete the pigment nanoparticles following laser removal treatment?
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