Decorative tattooing has been practiced for centuries in many cultures and is done by inserting indelible ink into the dermis layer of the skin to change the skin’s pigment. With the rise in number of people with tattoos in today’s society, an increase in the number of tattoo-associated skin disorders and reactions can be expected.
The most common problem that develops with tattoos is an individual’s desire to remove the tattoo. Tattoos can fade or if the tattooist injects the pigments too deeply into the skin, pigments may migrate beyond the original sites, resulting in a blurred appearance. Tattoos are most often treated or removed with lasers. Treatments and laser type often depends on the color of the tattoo pigment. Some pigments are more difficult to eradicate and often alternatively ablative fractional resurfacing can be used.