By Roxanne Hurtado
It is reported that over 45 million Americans have tattoos. Are you one of those who regret your tattoo? Whether it be for social reasons, age, or for your career, you might have considered removing it.
Well have you can considered these reasons also:
- Is your tattoo ink toxic?
- Can the tattoo ink cause cancer or other side effects?
- What happens to the ink once it’s removed?
On July 15, 2014 the FDA recalled tattoo ink products that were contaminated from the White and Blue Lion Inc. The laboratory testing found that the ink mixtures were contaminated with microbial bacterial. Staphylococcus and other various potentially pathogenic organisms were identified in the ink, as well as in the kits that were sold to tattoo artists all over the world through Amazon and Ebay.
As a consumer, are we not worried about the labeling of the ink? After all, we read the ingredients on everything else we put in our bodies. Do you know what’s in your ink? Most tattoo inks contain hazardous polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that are carcinogenic materials.
You might be carrying ingredients like iron oxide, carbon, cinnabar and cadmium red around with you.
The iron oxide has been medically proven to react to MRIs (Magnetic Rezonence Imaging). Colored inks can contain certain magnetic metals that can cause someone to feel a burning sensation at the site of the tattoo. Some tattoo ink also contains nickel and can cause allergic reactions.
In one case, a 48-year-old man reported a invasive growth feature inside the red ink of his tattoo on his lower left leg. He was suffering from what was later reported as a SCC(squamous cell carcinoma) on his lower left leg. Although, a direct link to the tattoo ink and the SCC could not be proven, the treatment for the SCC would be more challenging. Since the SCC borders could not be seen, it made it difficult for the doctors to find the margins for excision. As a consequence, multiple surgeries along with skin grafts were needed to make sure no new carcinoma formation was found. The authors of this case report have concluded that tattoo ink mixtures (although not directly linked) need to be added to a list of histological patterns of tattoo related inflammatory reactions, especially in cases of rapidly growing lesions.
Now you are probably wondering the best way to get rid of a tattoo. The skin is the largest organ on the body and you should be careful of outdated tattoo removal methods that are expensive and don’t work. You could be wasting your time and throwing thousands of dollars down the drain with dermabrasion, excision, creams, and even lasers.
Why is the previous laser tattoo removal method being used not as effective as it once was promised? The truth about laser tattoo removal has never been questioned up until now. There are a variety of reasons, one being that yellow, greens and fluorescent inks have a absorption spectra that fall outside or on the edge of emission spectra that tattoo removal lasers use. Meaning that lasers are unable to remove the tattoo completely. One is left with the decision to continue treating the tattoo until the patient is satisfied with the results or for the patient to leave a partial tattoo with possible side effects, like scarring.
Make no more regretful decisions with the new Micropen TR for tattoo removal. Its innovative technology doesn’t allow your body to absorb the harmful metals from tattoo ink. It uses a PH balanced solution that binds to the tattoo ink and lifts it up and out of the body. Through the promotion of tissue inflammation during the healing process, the ink will scab up and fall off. Since it is not burning your skin, it leaves little to no scarring. Also, it is NOT a laser, so it picks up and removes ALL colors, even the yellow, greens and fluorescent that laser cannot.
So live with no more regrets! Whether you just need more information about the Micropen TR or if you need to schedule your complimentary consultation, we are always here to help.
The Art of Aesthetics is located in Friendswood at 400 W. Parkwood #104, room #11 and offers laser hair removal, scar rejuvenation and other spa services. For more information, email [email protected] or call 281-993-3545.