When we talk about laser tattoo removal, we are usually talking about removing tattoos that someone regrets. Perhaps their tattoo no longer fits in with their life style or is hindering their career options… whatever the case, in these situations, laser tattoo removal is a cosmetic option. It does not have to do with health.
Are there situations that tattoos should be removed for health reasons? The answer is yes. An allergic reaction to tattoo ink is one situation where a tattoo may need to be removed for health reasons. While these cases are rare, a small percentage of the population is allergic to certain ingredients in tattoo ink.
Allergic reactions may look different depending on the color of the ink. Reactions can range from a mild acute allergic reaction to dermatitis or increased photosensitivity. A reaction can often mimic some parts of the normal healing process for tattoos, so it may be difficult to discern what exactly is happening with your skin.
Allergic reactions can show up anywhere from 48 hours to a few weeks after the application. Some common symptoms of an allergic reaction include redness, swelling, flaking or scaling, an itchy rash, or pustules.
What do you do if you suspect you are having an allergic reaction from tattoo ink? We highly recommend that you do not attempt treat the allergic reaction on your own; instead, you should visit a dermatologist to discuss the best treatment for your skin. There are some cases in which surgical removal may be the recommended course of action. If you are having an allergic response to the ink, contact your tattoo artists to obtain a list of ingredients in the ink used for your tattoo and share this with your dermatologist.
If your body is having an allergic reaction to the ink, there may be complications associated with attempts to use laser for tattoo removal. The ink released during laser treatment could potentially cause a widespread allergic reaction. The dermatologist or plastic surgeon would discuss removal options with you and recommend the best choice for getting rid of the ink in a safe fashion.
If you are not having an allergic reaction to your ink but just want it gone, Remove a Tattoo – laser tattoo removal clinic, offers the best source of physician-performed laser tattoo removal in the Milwaukee Area. We are experts in tattoo removal. If you have any questions or concerns about laser tattoo removal please give us a call 414-617-2849.