Why it's doneBy Mayo Clinic staff
You might consider tattoo removal if you regret a tattoo or you're unhappy with the appearance of your tattoo. Perhaps the tattoo has faded or blurred, or you decide that the tattoo doesn't fit your current image. Tattoo removal might also be important if you develop an allergic reaction to the tattoo or other complications.
- Schmidt RM, et al. Tattooing in adolescents and young adults. http://www.uptodate.com/index. Accessed Dec. 2, 2011.
- Burris K, et al. Tattoo removal. Clinics in Dermatology. 2007;25:388.
- Yim GH, et al. The perils of do it yourself chemical tattoo removal. Eplasty. 2010;10:1.
- Wenzel S, et al. Recurring mistakes in tattoo removal: A case series. Dermatology. 2009;218:164.
- Tattoo removal information. American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. http://www.asds.net/TattooRemovalInformation.aspx. Accessed Dec. 2, 2011.
- Tanzi EL, et al. Skin resurfacing: Ablative lasers, chemical peels, and dermabrasion. In: Wolff K, et al. Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine. 7th ed. New York, N.Y.: The McGraw-Hill Companies; 2008. http://www.accessmedicine.com/content.aspx?aID=3007421. Accessed Dec. 2, 2011.
- Adatto MA, et al. Tattoo removal. Current Problems in Dermatology. 2011;42:97.
- Kent KM, et al. Laser tattoo removal: A review. Dermatologic Surgery. In press. Accessed Dec. 2, 2011.