The FDA regulates cosmetics and color additives, and tattoo inks fall under the jurisdiction of FDA as well. It is interesting to note that there are NO tattoo pigments that are FDA approved for injection into your skin. The contents of tattoo inks are closely guarded trade secrets, and there may be no set standards for ink manufacturers. Labeling of some inks can be variable. Tattoo artists may mix various colored to get a custom color. With all these variables, you are hard pressed to know exactly what is being injected into your skin during your tattoo procedure. Interestingly, the tattooing procedure itself is highly regulated by each state, with strict hygiene-related requirements for tattoo parlors.
The FDA website mentions that many of the pigments that are used in tattoo inks are some heavy-duty items, listed as “industrial-grade” colors that one might find in printer ink or even car paint. That is probably not good. When the ink is broken free from the “capsule” your body has placed around it, your body can now see it and may react again. If you decide to have laser tattoo removal, one of the questions I may ask is if you had any reactions when you had the ink placed. The reason for this is that if your skin reacted with signs of inflammation (redness, weeping and swelling) when the tattoo was placed, the same thing may happen when the ink is broken up during laser tattoo treatment. The reaction during the removal may be more violent than when the ink was placed due to your body being sensitized to the allergen (the ink).
Remove A Tattoo is located in Glendale, WI and serves the greater Milwaukee area. We offer physician-performed laser tattoo removal. If you have decided to start the laser tattoo removal process, give Remove A Tattoo – laser tattoo removal clinic a call today at 414-617-2849.