Apparently, getting a tattoo to hide an ugly mole is not advisable. This according to an article published by JAMA Dermatology, an international peer-reviewed journal published by the American Medical Association. The reason, benign moles that may resemble melanoma are hard to diagnose or identify in tattoos. A tattoo covering a mole makes it hard to identify changes in that mole. Interestingly, tattoo ink can also imitate the spread of melanoma.
There are 16 reported cases of malignant melanoma developing in tattoos. One of the most talked about cases involved a young man who was receiving laser tattoo removal to remove an unwanted tattoo. Before beginning the tattoo removal process, doctors found a suspicious mole. The Doctors advised the young man to remove the mole before beginning treatment, in which he declined. Upon receiving treatments, the Doctor’s said they would not continue laser tattoo removal until the mole was removed. These doctors deserve a standing ovation, round of applause, because this man’s mole turned out to be cancerous’stage II melanoma. Which is why Delete Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon consistently stresses the importance of researching your laser tattoo removal options, ensuring that experienced medical professionals perform your laser treatments. We’ve heard of numerous “tattoo removal specialist” performing dangerous tattoo removals with the wrong type of laser and experience. In this case, it could have cost a life if these medical professionals had not been performing the laser tattoo removal treatment.
Here are the important things to know about your tattoos, moles, and melanoma:
1) Do not get a tattoo where you have moles or birthmarks. If you are dead set on the parking spot of your tattoo, where a mole is present, ask your dermatologist to check that mole first.
2) In terms of tattoo removal, have the tattoo checked for any apparent moles prior to removal. Laser tattoo removal breaks up pigment in your tattoo, and can also break up pigment in moles. This can make it difficult to detect a suspicious mole. Again, this is why it is important to have a board certified medical professional administering your laser tattoo removal. Simply ask your tattoo removal expert to check for moles before removal.
This is not to say that if your tattoo contains a mole that you can not receive laser tattoo removal treatments. JAMA recommends having that mole removed, if it is suspicious, prior to laser tattoo removal. Most importantly, find a qualified medical expert who you trust to remove your tattoo; it could save your life!