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Tattoos and Permanent Makeup

FCIC: Tattoos and Permanent Make-up

Tattoos and permanent make-up are really popular. Here is what you should know.

A tattoo is a mark or design on the skin. A permanent tattoo is meant to last forever. It is made with a needle and colored ink. The needle puts the ink into the skin.

Types of Tattoos

Today, there are many different types of tattoos. For example:

Why would someone want a tattoo?

What are the risks?

Other risks:

Remember ...

Most tattoos are permanent!!! It's very hard to get rid of them. Sometimes it cannot be done at all. And it often means surgery and scarring. Think very carefully before getting a tattoo.

What is the right way to get a tattoo?

I don't like this tattoo anymore. How can I get rid of it?

There are several ways to remove a tattoo but they don't always work. It can cost a lot of money. And you may need a lot of treatment. Here are some choices:

Does the FDA control tattoos?

Questions to ask yourself before you get a tattoo:

Why am I getting a tattoo?

Can I live with this tattoo forever?

Does the "artist" clean everything and use it the right way?

Will I take good care of the tattoo?

To Learn More:

FDA: 1-888-463-6332 (1-888-INFO-FDA)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Office of Women's Health
October 2003

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