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Teen with a new tattoo  
The Wall Street Journal recently did an article about the dilemma parents face when their teen wants to get a tattoo. Click here to see the article.

Here are some of the medical facts about tattoos and tattoo removal:

Tattoo parlors are not regulated in terms of health and safety in California -there is a risk of contracting hepatitis or HIV infection from unsterile needles or reusing tattoo ink.

And, tattoo ink and outlines fade over time. It may not look the same in 10 years.

Tattoo removal by lasers is expensive and not perfect. The tattoo may cost $100 while removal of the tattoo may cost $1000-$3000 depending on the size and color. Black, red and yellow inks are easier to remove. There is no laser that does a good job removing green, blue, purple and other colors. For individuals with darker pigmented skin, tattoo removal may result in lighter skin pigment at the tattoo site. And , the removal may not be complete- some pigment may still be visible.
Feel free to pass this along to your teen and young adult children who are contemplating getting a tattoo.

5 Responses to “What to do when your teenager wants a tattoo”

  1. Kate

    Interesting comparison between tattoos and facebook status…both I think come under the category of “it seemed like a good idea at the time…”. I actually have never gotten one because I can’t think of something important enough to me that I am convinced I will still want to have branded on myself in 50 years. I did not, however, know that certain colors aren’t really ‘removable’ and wonder how many people who have removal as an ‘out’ in the back of their head, do know that…

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