Considering a tattoo?

Here’s a riddle: What is expensive and painful to get; even more expensive and painful to get rid of; a common source of infection and allergies; and something that you will probably want to have removed some day? Answer: a tattoo.

I value free speech and the freedom to apply body art.  But, buyer beware. . .A study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine revealed about 50 percent of people with tattoos seek medical attention to have them removed. Technology is trying to meet this demand with laser ablation, dermabrasion (scraping the top layer of skin with a wire-like brush) and excision of the tattooed area of the skin. While all methods of tattoo removal leave scar tissue, researchers point out that some results are worse than others.

If you think you might change your mind about your tattoo, don’t get it or at least consider not having  red or  yellow –they’re the hardest to remove.

More about tattoos to come. . .

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About drlesliegreenberg

I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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