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Dr. David Schwartzenfeld, D.O., fam-
ily physician. "The other half of our
Contributing Writer
patients love tattoos and want one
removed to make room for a new tat-
attoos are growing in popular-
too:'
ity in the U.S. In fact, tattoos
Tattoos are created by injecting spe-
themselves are more widely
cial
inks through the top layer of skin,
accepted by the general community.
the
epidermis,
and depositing the ink
A 2012 online Harris Poll showed that
in
the
lower
layer
of skin, the dermis,
currently one in five adults (21 per-
where
the
colors
remain
stable and
cent) have at least one tattoo, which is
only
fade
slightly.
A
small
tattoo can
up from 14 percent in 2008.
be
completed
in
an
hour,
while
a more
On the other hand, a 2012 Harris
complicated
one
may
require
several
Interactive poll reported that one in
visits over days or
eight (14 percent)
weeks.
of the American
"The tattoos
adults who have
are
permanent
a tattoo regret
because
when the
getting one. The
process
damages
primary reasons
the skin, the white
for the regrets:
cells respond to
too young when
absorb and dispose
they got the tattoo,
of the pigment
embarrassment
Dr. Schwartzenfeld actively treats
particles,
but
from the tattoo,
a multi-colored tattoo using a
the
ink
particles
their tastes have
0-Switched Ruby Laser at 694nm
are too big to be
changed and
wavelength.
absorbed and they
their lives have
remain:'
Margolis
changed. All might
explains.
prompt a desire to remove a tattoo.
Today, lasers are the most common
"Erase the Ink M.D.," a physician-
method
for tattoo removal.
owned business in Rochester Hills,
"The
laser
produces short pulses of
provides tattoo removal services with
intense
light
that
pass through the top
physician supervision.
layers
of
skin
and
are absorbed by the
"Half of our patients want their
tattoo
pigment:'
Margolis
says. "The
tattoos removed because they have
laser
breaks
the
tattoo
pigment
into
regrets or the tattoo was for a previous
smaller
particles
that
are
removed
by
medical purpose [such as marking a
the
body's
own
immune
system.
specific spot for surgery]" said Michael
Margolis, M.D., board-certified in
internal medicine and partner with
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