Removing a homemade tattoo is a virtually identical process to removing any other tattoo. Do not attempt any home remedies, as these rely on chemical irritants. Such products are not illegal, but the Food and Drug Administration advises avoiding them due to adverse skin reactions. To safely remove your homemade tattoo, seek out laser removal from a doctor specializing in such treatments.Continue Reading
To safely have your tattoo removed, find a reputable dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon. Ask your family doctor to recommend a practice that specializes in laser tattoo removal.
Once you have found a specialist, make sure you discuss which option is right for you. The process for removing a tattoo varies based on your type of skin and the type of ink used. High contrast inks, for example, black ink on white skin, are relatively easy to remove and likely require few sessions. Green and purple inks take many treatments to remove, if they ever completely fade at all. The cost of removing certain tattoos may be prohibitive due to the number of treatments involved. A good doctor will tell you when other options, like getting a cover-up tattoo, are more feasible.
Taking care of the treated skin area is as important as the treatments. The area that has been scoured by lasers will be raw and very sensitive to sunlight. Follow any instructions your doctor gives you about care between visits to avoid discoloration and scarring.
Tanning should be avoided for at least four weeks after getting a new tattoo. The tattooed person should use caution for at least three months until the tattoo is fully healed.Full Answer >
Some signs and symptoms of an infected tattoo include skin rashes or an allergic reaction to the dye, raised scar tissue, and a tattoo that is still oozing blood or fluid after several days, according to WebMD. It is normal for a tattoo to appear swollen and have a surface crust for a few days, but anything beyond that should be seen by a physician.Full Answer >
The "right" tattoo is a matter of personal preference. However, there are a number of factors that go into getting a tattoo that won't bring on feelings of regret later, according to KQED Arts.Full Answer >
Chinese tattoos can symbolize the American words for "strength," "love" and "peace." Some Chinese tattoos can mean fire or luck, and others are used to symbolize twins or the bond between sisters.Full Answer >