Every so often we get at a question at Remove A Tattoo – laser tattoo removal clinic asking us if laser tattoo removal can actually cause skin cancer. This is a great question and one that requires a little more exploration because it is such a serious subject.
The short answer is no, laser tattoo removal does not cause skin cancer. At least, there is no evidence at this time to link the two. In addition, there has not been any link found between people with tattoos and skin cancer. Lasers used for tattoo removal do not produce UV rays, which can and does increase risk for certain kinds of skin cancer.
Lasers are regulated by the FDA and must meet strict requirements for both safety and effectiveness. Laser tattoo removal has been FDA approved as a safe and effective way to remove unwanted tattoos. Consumers are encouraged to report any side effects or adverse reactions from laser tattoo removal to the FDA.
What are the risks?
Being FDA approved does not mean that laser tattoo removal is a risk free procedure. There are some side effects that may be experienced at some point during the course of treatment. These risks include: swelling, blistering, soreness, scabbing, itching, redness, hypo-pigmentation or hyper-pigmentation. Most of these risks are temporary and can be easily treated.
Sun protection remains the best way to prevent skin cancer. Sun protection is also extremely important when you are getting a tattoo treated with laser tattoo removal. For more about sun protection and tattoos, check out our recommendations here and here.
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