Sometimes I see the scars that directly result from the tattooing process. The longer a tattoo takes to put on the duller the needles become. Dull needles not only make the tattoo placement more painful but they increase the risk of scar formation. Why? Because needles are just like tiny scalpels and the cuts they make can be quite visible. Initially the cuts are very fine because the needle is sharp but after just a few minutes the needles start to become dull. Under a microscope we can see that just a few pinpricks can make a needle jagged.
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Eventually the needle is tearing the skin as opposed to simply penetrating it. All of those tiny tears must be repaired by the body and sometimes the result is scar tissue. Scar formation may be exacerbated by the introduction of a volatile ink that causes an allergic response. “Homemade” tattoo artists have been known to reuse needles. The needles become more and more dull with each use and increase the risks for scarring. The good news for tattoo removal patients is that the PicoSure laser is FDA cleared to improve the appearance of scars. I have a number of scarred patients who experience flattening out and softening of their scar tissue during the PicoSure laser tattoo removal process. So not only does the risk of scarring go down by using the PicoSure for tattoo removal versus some POS q-switched laser but any existing scars can be significantly improved. If you have a scarred tattoo you would like for me to evaluate at no cost, I can be reached by phone @ 512-479-9997 or just stop by my NEW location in Austin, TX: Austin Medspa on W. 6th St.