What you should know when you get a tattoo and what you should know when you want to have a tattoo removed:
- Tattoo dyes contain metal particles. In this context, it should be considered that primarily black and brown colours respond to strong magnetic fields and heat up. Consequently: An MRI scan can lead to up to second-degree burns in the tattooed areas.
- You should document which colours were used. The details could provide information about whether the tattoo will cause problems during an MRI scan or not.
- Many tattoo artists do not know themselves, which colour pigments are contained in their tattoo dyes. Many dyes contain pigments that were intended for printing inks, cars or other industrial applications. They could even contain recycled car tyres. The ingredients may also include carcinogenic azo dyes and nitrosamine, as well as harmful preservatives. The information about the ingredients is also important for a possible removal of the tattoo. Today, laser treatment is the most common method to rid yourself of a tiresome or now outlived tattoo. However, researchers now warn that the ingredients of the dyes could break down into even more dangerous substances. Commercially available red pigments are broken down into nitrotoluene and methylnitroaneline during laser treatment. Both substances are carcinogenic and accumulate in the body. The aneline components also change the genetic material – an explosive mixture! However, there has never been a systemic investigation into which tattoo dyes break down into harmful fission products during laser treatment! Experts now advise leaving the dyes in the skin alone, instead of removing them with a laser.
- In this regard, you should know that, as a rule, laser treatment is not complete in one session. Experienced doctors now talk of 20 or more sessions, and in spite of every effort, the success of the treatment is not event guaranteed.
- Yellow and purple tones often cannot be removed, and black tattoos sometimes contain a mixture of different colours. It is possible that after more than a dozen laser treatments, a pale or colourful and ugly skeleton of the motif remains. However, pure black or red tones can be removed relatively well.
- In the case of large and multi-coloured profile tattoos, the experts urgently advise against laser treatment. The risk of residual pigment is much too high.
- Leading clinics now urgently advise against unprofessional laser treatment. Decomposition products could lead to severe allergic reactions and poisoning, even the tissue can be damaged by incorrect use of the laser. In addition, cancers which have already formed in the area of the tattoo could be overlooked. Tattoos should only be removed by doctors in dermatological clinics.
If after all these warnings, you still insist on your tattoo being removed, there is still the option of a skin transplant, which of course means a massive operation on the skin structure. It is a guaranteed method but heals will scars.