Some tattoos and piercings are forever, plastic surgeon warns

08/15/2013 | Herald News (Joliet, Ill.), The

Most tattoos leave a faint ghost of the image after removal, and older tattoos are more difficult than newer ones to remove, plastic and reconstructive surgeon Alan Chen said. Piercings can leave scars, including difficult-to-treat keloids, which Chen calls "the Kryptonite of plastic surgery." People who want a tattoo or piercing despite the risks should go to a reputable establishment that uses disposable instruments or cleans them well, Chen said.

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