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Today, we'll discuss how to remove that tattoo.

It took only one session to get that very cool tattoo, but now you are on your fifth doctor visit to get it removed. You only wish you'd known about how hard tattoos are to remove before you decided to get one.

Some 10 million Americans have at least one. But half end up wanting them removed and that's neither simple nor cheap - it can cost thousands of dollars!

Tattoos are created by a machine that rapidly moves a needle up and down into the dermal layer of your skin. With each stroke of the needle, pigment is deposited into your skin where it remains for life. Getting rid of a tattoo requires quite a bit more time and technology.

Tattoo removal used to mean surgery and prolonged recovery. Fortunately, there are now more effective, non-surgical methods available using a variety of lasers.

The pulses of high energy light from a laser enter the outer layers of the skin and are selectively absorbed by the tattoo pigments. The pigments then break up into many tiny pieces that your immune system can then dispose of.

People say the laser pulses feel like being snapped by a rubber band, ouch! Despite the technology and the discomfort, removal isn't guaranteed. It may also require several treatments over many weeks.

The area can feel sunburned and some people form scabs that must be treated gently until they heal. Long term side effects can include changes in pigmentation and rarely - some scarring.

To add insult to injury, it usually costs much more to remove a tattoo than it does to get one. Depending on the size, colors, location of the tattoo, and the number of sessions required, it can be hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

If you choose to shell out the money - make sure to see a dermatologic surgeon who specializes in tattoo removal.

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The Mayo Clinic provides some excellent information about tattoos, tattoo removal and body piercing that you should definitely read before choosing this form of personal and artistic expression. They also provide information about the methods they use to remove tattoos.

Medline Plus, a service of the US National Library of Medicine. MedlinePlus will direct you to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. This page provides extensive links about tattoos and piercings.

The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery has an educational fact sheet about tattoo removal that is a good place to start. The site can also help you find a Dermatologic Surgeon in your area. For more information...

Various State and city programs are available to assist young people with the removal of tattoos. For example, Houston's D-TAG program has already helped more than 200 now "tattoo-art free" teens, and is set up to handle about 50 to 55 youth each month For more information...

In 1999, the Office of the Attorney General received a grant from the Governor's Criminal Justice Division to help start-up tattoo removal programs around the state. The programs provide free or low cost tattoo removal depending on eligibility criteria. For a complete listing of these programs. Similar programs are available around the US.


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