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About one in four people regrets having tattoos. From www.shuttertock.com

Tattoo regret: Can you make it go away?

Tattoos often seem like a good idea in the moment, but tattoo regret is common. There is good reason, not the least of which is infection.
Think twice before copying Tyson’s tattoo. Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Who owns your tattoo? Maybe not you

Copyright and trademark law mean that the body art inked into your skin may leave you open to an infringement lawsuit.

VIDEO: How laser tattoo removal works

Professor Rodney Sinclair explains how advances in laser tattoo removal technology have enabled the relatively safe and easy removal of tattoos. But it is a medical procedure, and as laser dermatologist…
There’s no doubt that some of the chemicals in tattoo ink have been associated with cancer – but it’s a bit more complicated. Image from shutterstock.com

To dye for? Jury still out on tattoo ink causing cancer

Scientists have recently raised alarm over the possibility that some inks used for tattoos contain cancer-causing chemicals. To make matters worse, some pigments come as small particles called nanoparticles…
Lasers remove different coloured ink by generating a different frequency of light. Sheila Blige

Explainer: how are tattoos removed?

You’re probably familiar with how tattooing works: coloured ink is deposited via needles into the dermal layer of skin. But you’re probably less familiar with the process for having it removed: laser therapy…
Clinics advertise the most popular laser treatments from A$100 but they can involve a lot more financial pain. Matt Baran

Invisible ink: the rise of the tattoo removal industry

Tattoo removal is a lucrative business. According to one estimate, about a quarter of Australians under 30 have a tattoo. And approximately a quarter of these people are planning to have it removed. Tattoo…
The epidermal electronic system can measure your vital signs in a completely unobtrusive way. John A. Rogers

Tattoo you: the stick-on medical revolution

When you think of tattoos you probably imagine bikies, celebrity tats or that Japanese flourish on your left foot that means “Honour” (or so you think). You probably don’t picture medical revolution…

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