It was a whim at the time. One of those urges of the moment. Not much thought about it. You never really had serious thoughts about getting a tattoo. But, you did it anyway right there on the bicep. And now you wear long-sleeve shirts to hide the results.
A tattoo is a mark, figure, design, or word intentionally created by insertion of pigment under the skin. Even if you’re happy with the design, location, and look of your tattoo, you may eventually regret it for health reasons. The kind of inflammation caused by tattoo inks could raise a person’s risk for skin cancers, according to a 2015 study on the effects of tattoos.
There is hope now in tattoo removal.
Tattoo removal treatments are commonly performed using lasers that break down the ink particles in tattoos, into smaller particles. When treatments break down ink particles into smaller pieces, macrophages can more easily remove them. What is macrophages?
Macrophages are specialized white blood cells that gobble up free-floating virus’s as the body’s first line of defense against infection. Macrophages collect ink pigments from the tattoo, but they have difficulty breaking them down. Instead, they store the ink pigments. If a macrophage is damaged, it releases its captive ink, which is taken up by other macrophages. This can make it particularly difficult to remove tattoos. When successful treatments break down ink particles into smaller pieces, macrophages can more easily remove them. Learn more about Macrophages.