Can Tattoo Removal Cause Cancer?

Tattoos are permanent and can last a lifetime. However, some people don’t want their tattoos anymore. The most common way to remove a tattoo is through laser removal. But what if the process of removing it causes cancer?

In this blog post, I will explore whether or not tattoo removal could cause cancer and the possible risks.

Can Tattoo Removal Cause Cancer?

There is a scientific consensus that laser tattoo removal does not cause cancer. However, there are some dangers of the procedure.

First off, tattoos are made up of injected ink spread throughout the body and accumulate in lymph nodes and organs. The removed ink then builds up in the body until it gets broken down by the immune system.

So during a laser tattoo removal session, this breaking down process will take place. This could potentially lead to inflammation or bruising if an allergic reaction occurs.

There is also a risk of infection from improperly sterilized equipment which may be present because they try to save money by using older technology instead of more expensive machines to charge less for their services. Another common side effect is persistent redness, a tattoo that remains even after the initial treatment period is called ‘ghosting.

In addition to infections and inflammation, experts warn about potential complications resulting from laser removal.

It is still unknown how much exposure to the chemicals in lasers will cause cancer, but researchers from Germany recently discovered that it caused cancer in mice. This might be because they were exposed to high amounts of UV light over an extended period of time.

Since tattoo ink absorbs these frequencies so well, this means there is a good possibility that repeated treatments with lasers could cause skin cancer as well.

A less likely possibility will be if you have had the occasional untreated piercing infection before getting your tattoo since some people get scarring or other types of permanent cancers from chronic infections.

The most likely possibility is that the tattoo looks ugly after a few years, and you want it off for other reasons. However, to avoid health risks, you should use all protection possible when getting your tattoos removed.

This includes wearing disposable plastic gloves, using approved solvents such as salicylic acid or Lidocaine-Prilocaine cream under your goggles (to protect your eyes from chemicals), and make sure to use an autoclave right after removing the ink.

Sometimes laser treatments will leave burns on your skin that can be treated with prescription burn creams like silver sulfadiazine (Silvadene) and topical antibiotics like bacitracin in addition to over-the-counter antibiotic ointments.

What Are The Risks of Tattoo Removal?

When removing tattoos, various risks are involved. While it is true that many people get their tattoos removed without any problems, you need to know that laser treatments can be expensive and may cost several hundreds of dollars each session.

Many clinics offer packages where several sessions can be purchased in advance, but this doesn’t mean you will get a discount on the price of the package. In addition, there is no guarantee of how successful your tattoo removal will be or if your skin will be damaged.

Interestingly, it has been found that up to 50 percent of women who get their tattoos removed have a greater chance of getting breast cancer. This is one reason why most doctors advise women not to get any tattoos at all. Instead, some studies show that using over-the-counter antibiotic ointments.

Does Laser Tattoo Removal Cause Lymphoma?

The lymphoma risk is dangerously high, with over 2000 cases reported to date. This number includes clients of laser tattoo removal centers as well as home users who were unable to determine whether or not their current device required the type of filter which cut the amount of dangerous infrared radiation in half.

The bottom line is if you have had your tattoos lasered without a proper filter, and you have been diagnosed with lymphoma, do not assume some other unknown factor caused it. It can be scientifically proven that if a person is exposed to enough melanin-specific radiation during a tattoo process (whether from the sun or an improperly filtered laser), they will develop skin cancer.

Can Tattoo Removal Make You Sick?

There are a variety of risks associated with tattoo removal. However, in general, the health risks are rare and not significant.

Tattoo lasers produce powerful flash pulses of light beams that can oxidize or ablate the tattoo ink below the skin’s surface. These mechanisms pose a small risk for people who are allergic to certain metals such as iron, chromium, cobalt, nickel, and copper used in inks.

Common side effects include swelling, blistering, bleeding at the site of treatment, as well as infection at any location on your body where there is an open cut or wound. Tattoos will also be more difficult to remove from darker pigmented areas such as hands and feet. They require significantly more power than lighter-colored skin to produce the light energy required to destroy the ink since certain colors absorb different wavelengths of laser light better than others.


Thus, you have got the idea about making the tattoo, and it can make you sick. Always try to research the topic and then decide when it is about the tattoo and your skin.

Do you have some more questions about Tattoo Removal? If yes, do let me know in the comments below.
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