Laser Tattoo Removal Questions and Answers
I recently read about women who have had breast enlargment...to hide the scars they were tatooed using ink made to match the skin color rather than laser surgery.Have you heard of this, and if so is it done by doctors or a Tattoo artist.I was wondering if it would work on the stretch marks under my armpits. I recently started noticing them from the amount of weight i've gained from weight lifting. Thank you any help would be appriciated.- Christopher
Dear Christopher, This cover-up tattooing may be done in plastic surgeons' offices by tattoo artists or by tattoo artists in their own facilities. I must say that most of the patients who I have seen have been disappointed since skin color changes with time, temperature, tan, etc. but the tattoo pigment does not. Also, there is no good way of removing the pigment should it be the wrong color - laser tattoo removal does not work on these color pigments.
-- Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Do you recommend the permenant eyeliner procedure and is it safe? I had heard many great things about it and many are pleased with the outcome.- Rhonda
Dear Rhonda, Unfortunately, as a laser tattoo removal specialist, I usually see the people who are unhappy after the procedure. There are many who are happy but I would suggest conservatism. More pigment can always be added but the removal process is long, arduous and expensive. Make certain that it is done right the first time. I used to say that only triathletes, those with severe tremor and the very old should have this procedure done since tattoo pigment will "bleed" over years in all people until it is just a smudge. I have mellowed somewhat and now suggst, as I have to you, that you be conservative with a fine line to start with.
--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon