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.