Tattoos, as a trend, have always attracted youngsters. But they also come with a series of misconceptions and myths. Dr Banani Choudhary, consultant dermatologist at Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai, debunks them for you:
Myth: You can always get a bad tattoo off by laser.
Truth: Laser tattoo removal is increasing in popularity but the complete removal depends on many factors like 1. Type of colour pigment used 2. Depth of pigment 3. Density of the tattoo (how compactly the tattoo colour is distributed)
Myth: You can get a tattoo done from anybody.
Truth: Go to a tattoo professional person, and get the process done under sterile and aseptic condition to avoid any unwanted infection or eczematization (allergic or irritant contact dermatitis) on overlying skin particularly people with sensitive skin.
Tattoo Removal: In case of people who want to remove an existing tattoo, a few things will need to be taken care of. A multi-coloured tattoo is difficult to remove compared to a black tattoo. Co lours like yellow, white, pink are most difficult, followed by red and then black. The more pigments in a tattoo, the more difficult it is to remove them. A switched laser is advisable for tattoo removal though there are recent advances like pico laser and optical enhancers for better efficacy and penetration of the laser. Most cases need around six to eight sessions of laser. In some cases, a faint outline of the tattoo can still be left behind, so it is advisable to be really careful when deciding on the type of tattoo beforehand. Amateur tattoos done by nonprofessionals can be a challenge to remove too.