How Laser Tattoo Removal Works and Common Techniques

     (Dr. W. Y Chung, MD - Friday, March 24, 2017)

About 45 million people in America share body art in the form of tattoos. And about half of those people seek to have their tattoos removed at some later point. Often folks are a little regretful of having placed a tattoo in a highly visible location. Regardless of the reason, you need to know your options for laser tattoo removal to choose the best route for you and when it is best for your body.

Few risks are incurred when employing the right type of lasers. The most important factor is the professional performing the procedure. You want to check the background of your choice.


Ink in the Workplace: Tackling the Tattoo Taboo

     (Dr. W. Y Chung, MD - Thursday, March 02, 2017)

tattoos in the workplaceInk was once a mark of rebellion. If you spotted someone with permanent patterns scrawled on the surface of their skin, it was likely this person stood for something outside the realms of social normality.

Gangs could be identified by their markings. Hysterical protestors wore ink to show commitment to a cause. Long-serving felons were distinguishable for the designs they acquired in prison.

Tattoos can still represent revolt and resistance to this day, but they have also begun to move inside the circle of modern social acceptance.


What Are Radiation Therapy Tattoos & How to Remove Them

     (Dr. W. Y Chung, MD - Tuesday, January 10, 2017)

radiation therapy tattooAccording to the National Cancer Institute about half of all cancer patients receive radiation therapy. Radiation is one of the most common treatments for breast cancer as it uses high-energy radiation to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. If you choose to get radiation therapy to treat breast cancer you will be given radiation therapy tattoos.

Radiation Therapy Tattoos

Before you start radiation, you’ll probably get four small tattoos on your breast. They will help the radiation therapist easily find the spot you need treatment. This will spare healthy tissue and prevent recurrence. Think of it as placing a bulls-eye target on your body so the technician can work on the right spot.


There's Only 1 Laser You Should Use For Tattoo Removal

     (Dr. W. Y Chung, MD - Friday, December 16, 2016)

tattoo removal technologyThe nature of the technology culture is to be continually innovating products. If you were looking to buy a new iPhone you probably wouldn’t dream of buying the original iPhone 1st generation. It’s not compatible with the new operating system so new apps won’t work, not to mention it would run at a prehistoric pace. No, you’d probably opt for the newest phone. Just like choosing a phone, you should choose the most innovative technology for laser tattoo removal. There are 2 benefits of Picosure lasers that make it the best laser on the market.

Fewer Treatments

Picosure technology breaks up tattoo particles in smaller particles by applying short impulses of lasers in trillionths of a second. This allows for fewer treatments because your bodies immune system is able to remove the particles faster. Dr. Gary Lask, director of dermatologic surgery at UCLA, comments, “By doing that you’re getting a more intense reaction. That destroys the tattoo particles.” This treatment will remove a black tattoo in about 5 sessions.


New Temporary Tattoo Ink Can Be Removed At Anytime

     (Dr. W. Y Chung, MD - Tuesday, November 29, 2016)

temporary tattoo inkSporting the latest tattoo trend is quite a permanent commitment. While, they may be popular for a time, they are almost too often short lived. However, NYU students have introduced a new ink call Ephemeral that allows its recipients to remove their tattoo within a year or sooner. Maybe you and your partner want to get a couple’s tattoo or there’s a cool tattoo idea you want for short term, then this may be the solution for you.

Non-Permanent Tattoo Ink

There are paper tattoos that last a day or so and henna wears off in a couple weeks, but ephemeral ink is the first semi permanent ink introduced to consumers. It is applied that same way a normal tattoo is with a tattoo machine and tattoo artist.

How Ephemeral Tattoos Disappear

The first way for this ink to disappear is by letting the ink molecules naturally break down, which will take a year. If you want it removed sooner a tattoo artist will give you a solution that will flush out the molecules. This also allows you to erase specific portions of the tattoo if you decide you don’t like it or want to fix mistakes.


Best Tattoo Removal Methods

     (Dr. W. Y Chung, MD - Thursday, November 17, 2016)

tattoo removal methodsOver time, tattoo removal has been performed using various techniques. Tattoos that were once considered permanent can now be removed or covered.

History of Tattoo Removal

Prior to the use of laser techniques, common treatments were dermabrasion, trichloroacetic acid, and scrubbing the skin with salt, as well cryosurgery and skin grafts. Earlier treatments also included the injection of lime, garlic, or wine. All difficult and painful procedures. Laser treatment became available during the 1990’s. It is a much less invasive process and can usually remove black or dark type of tattoos more completely.

During 2012, it was reported that one in 7 US adults regretted their decision to get one. Citing their youth, many had simply outgrown the necessity for a tattoo. Over the years, they had outgrown the need to have their body permanently marked celebrating an early-life experience. 


Why Tattoo Removal Is Better In Winter

     (Dr. W. Y Chung, MD - Monday, November 14, 2016)

tattoo removalOptimize the season for your own benefit by getting your tattoo removed in winter. You don’t have any regerts? Not even the no regerts tattoo you have?

Your tattoo mishap may not be as bad as “no regerts” but it could be anything from a once-trending tattoo to the name of an ex. If you have a tattoo your embarrassed about or impulsively got, then winter is the best time to get it removed.

Here are the reasons for the season:

The Caterpillar Transformation

Think about it, all of those extra layers in winter can hide a beauty transformation that will emerge in the summer. It is better to endure your treatment now so you show off your beautiful skin in the summer.

Your new treatment should be admired, not covered up in fear of unwanted spots appearing.


Are Tattoos Still Taboo In the Workplace?

     (Dr. W. Y Chung, MD - Monday, October 24, 2016)

tattoos at workAs a culture we have become more accepting and tolerable of people and their lifestyle choices, but have tattoos become acceptable in the workplace? Here are some current facts, professional opinions, and possible solutions for tattoos in the workplace.



Magnetic Tattoo Removal vs. Laser Tattoo Removal

     (Dr. W. Y Chung, MD - Thursday, October 13, 2016)

Tattoo RemovalThough laser tattoo removal has proven a successful treatment for eliminating unwanted tattoos its success hasn’t deterred companies from marketing dubious removal systems such as fade creams, and powerful magnetic removal devices. Urban and internet legends abound about magnetic tattoo removal.

Urban Legend or Future Innovation?

Though it seems preposterous, researchers have been testing the idea of an ink made almost exclusively from
magnetite which would allow the ink to be drawn from the skin using a device with an ultra-potent magnet. In fact, a patent exists which suggests that someday a tattoo marking could not only be extracted, but also manipulated and revised using magnets.

Imagine a device which can turn a black cat tattoo into an anchor using a magnet to shift the magnetite particles beneath the skin’s surface. It would be like getting a new tattoo without having to inject new pigmentation. The idea is akin to how e-ink works where the ink reforms into a new image with the turn of a page.



Tattoos & Military Regulations: Do You Need to Remove That Tattoo?

     (Dr. W. Y Chung, MD - Monday, September 26, 2016)

Military Tattoo PolicyIf joining the military has been your life’s ambition, you might want to consider staying away from tattoo parlors, or at the very least, limiting the sort of tattoos you will be getting and their placement.

If this advice comes too late, you should have any controversial tattoo or any tattoo on your neck, head or hands removed before approaching a recruiting office.

A Right of Passage

Getting a tattoo is a rite-of-passage for many young people turning eighteen. And plenty of individuals sport tattoos given to them by friends while they were still minors. Because the cohesion of a military unit is of utmost importance, all branches of the military have policies against divisive tattoos. Gang affiliations or extremist group symbols are not allowed.


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