Tattoos continue to rise in popularity, however this form of body adornment does present some dermatology-related medication problems.
Here are some potential medical issues that dermatologists may encounter on the tattoo front:
• Tattoo removal creams pose risks
“Great caution should be taken before purchasing and using topical tattoo-fading creams,” says Suzan Obagi, M.D., an associate professor of Dermatology and Plastic Surgery and director of the Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Health Center at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Reports show that some products available to consumers contain 50% tricholoracetic acid. “Even in experienced hands, 50% TCA is a very strong acid,” she says. “Other products do not mention any ingredients. This brings up the concern of these products containing acids or other potentially dangerous ingredients.”
• Tattooed people may resist blood tests
People with tattoos may be resistant to blood tests via the arm because they fear harming the artwork, says Dave C. Lane, Ph.D., an assistant professor of sociology at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD who studies tattoos. They may also worry about treatments that could disrupt the appearance of their tattoos, he says. “For some, this is akin to scratching a record, getting a painting wet, or accidentally breaking a frame of a picture.”
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