Are you one of the many consumers who has gotten a tattoo, perhaps during a particularly wild night of partying, only to regret doing so either immediately or at some point down the line? If so, you’re not alone. Of the more than one in five people who have gotten some kind of tattoo, 14% wish they had never done so. That could be why the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery says that tattoo removal procedures are on the rise, from 86,000 in 2010 to almost 100,000 in 2011.
Given the increase in the number of people seeking out tattoo removals, the Food and Drug Administration wants to make sure that consumers know what they’re getting into and are safe when they submit to a procedure. Safety starts with knowing those procedures that have been approved by the agency. Laser removal, excision, and dermabrasion are typical methods of tattoo removal, and you should always go to a medical practitioner who’s qualified to carry out the procedure.
One thing that has not been approved is an ointment or a cream that purports to remove tattoos from the comfort of your own home. You might be putting yourself in danger should you opt for this do-it-yourself service. Scars, rashes, or a burning sensation are all distinct possibilities.
Finally, before you seek treatment, consult a doctor to learn about what the best option is for you personally.