Q: Is there a way to completely erase a tattoo?
Oz Says: If you learned that "Think before you ink" motto too late, or you, say, ended up with "streangth" on your ankle (it's happened), a new crop of lasers can help — but only for people with certain skin tones.
Called pico- and nanosecond lasers, they break ink into bits that are more microscopic than was previously possible, says Miami dermatologist S. Manjula Jegasothy, MD. Your immune system gobbles up tiny pieces better, leaving less of a chance of a pixilated stain on your skin.
The new technology has some drawbacks: These lasers won't work for darker skins — they destroy dark pigments, so they can eradicate skin color instead of ink and leave you with white spots. Also, removal is likely to cost more than the tattoo did; you may need three to six visits, each running about $450. But at least there's now a "delete" key for some of life's uh-oh moments.
This story originally appeared in the September 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.
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