The most popular technique currently being used to remove skin tattoos is laser, whose therapeutic and aesthetic results surpass those of the chemical and surgical solutions of before. But tattoo removal is no trivial matter, as it requires both patience and money. Today I interview Dr. José Manuel Miralles, a dermatologist and expert in laser medicine.
How does laser remove tattoos? Nowadays we use Q-switched technology, which is laser that emits high-energy but extremely short-duration pulses. It photoacoustically or mechanically breaks up the pigment particles, and any pigment that remains is then removed by immune system cells. Previous lasers destroyed the pigment thermally and were not as effective. Read more
Scarification, an ancient practice based on decorating the skin with artistic scars, is being revived in advanced societies. It is an extreme fashion, of minority interest, for which legislation is lacking depite the adverse affects on health. What is it? How does it affect the skin? Is it more harmful than a tattoo or piercing? How far can humans get to express their emotions?
Tattoos, perforations, deformations – since ancient times, humans have modified the body to express individual, cultural and social aspects of their identity, often with the result that they convert their bodies into artistic creations. In contemporary societies, body art includes everything from widespread practices such as body painting, tattoos and piercings, to more extreme and less popular fashions, such as scarification, or decorative scarring. Read more
The fashion for tattoos continues to grow. Today, many young people adorn themselves with a huge variety of designs on the most visible and most hidden parts of their bodies. But what happens when they decide to get rid of them? Are tattoos easy to remove? Today I am talking to Dr Rosa Taberner, a dermatologist at the Son Llàtzer Hospital in Palma de Mallorca (Spain).
Why do people get tattoos? Wouldn’t it be more logical to have temporary tattoos that could be easily removed? Tattoos have been applied since ancient times. In Europe, and above all in northern Europe, tattoos were introduced in the 19th century by English, Dutch and French sailors returning from their travels in the Americas and Polynesia, where tattoos were very popular. In recent decades, the fashion for tattoos has boomed, above all among young people. It has been calculated that just over 15% of people in Europe and 21% of people in the USA have at least one decorative tattoo. It is a complex aesthetic and cultural phenomenon and, the fact is, it is the very permanence of tattoos that makes them so attractive. Read more
This blog did not yet exist when the Skin exhibition was held in London as an invitation to reflect on our most overlooked organ. Our skin protects us from external aggressions, enables us to feel and transmits cultural characteristics.
Skin is a philosophical journey to the skin through images, the earliest anatomical illustrations, works by contemporary artists (e.g., biological jewellery made from epithelial cells) and scarifying, tattoos and other cultural expressions. The exhibition also explains how dermatology came into being as a medical specialty in the 19th century. The curator of the exhibition, which, fortunately, can still be visited online, was Javier Moscoso, a science historian and philosopher with the Spanish Advanced Research Council (CSIC). Although readers may find some of the images very graphic, we strongly recommend a visit to the exhibition website.