A recent study by researchers from the European Sychrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) has found that the allergens nickel and chromium are shed from a tattoo needle when a pigment that contains titanium dioxide is included in the design of the tattoo. Often mixed into the brighter colours such as blue, green and red, titanium dioxide is thought to cause these heavy metals to enter the skin and would explain why some people have bad reactions to tattoos. This new information sheds some scientific reasoning on the notable rise in tattoo compensation claims, as more and more people suffer horrible allergic reactions.

It is not just allergic reactions that are causing dissatisfied people to seek advice from medical negligence solicitors. Mistakes in the design and tattooing process are also leading to more claims than ever.

The Design Process

Constant communication between you and the tattoo artist that will be completing your design is crucial to achieving ultimate satisfaction with your body art. It is your responsibility to double check that you are happy with the design and that any potential spelling errors are corrected before you have it permanently etched on your body. When you feel that you are satisfied with the design that you have chosen, only then should you approve it. It will be much harder to make a claim once you have approved the design, so this step is crucial.

What to do if you are unhappy with your tattoo

One of the most important things to do is to contact the tattoo artist that carried out your tattoo and make them aware that you are unhappy with it. If it is for medical reasons, then this will give them a chance to carry out any suitable aftercare and potentially advise you on what the best course of action is. You should also have taken any photographs of the tattoo at the different stages of healing to document the situation and to establish if it is getting worse.

What can I do about it?

There are two main options that you can choose if you are unhappy with how your tattoo looks.

Getting a cover-up

Firstly, you can visit a more reputable tattoo artist and discuss with them the possibility of creating what is known as a ‘cover-up.’ This will be a strategically placed tattoo that will cover up the original one that you don’t like. There is a chance that this will also mean that it has to be bigger, but if you have gone to a better artist then they should listen and known exactly what you want so that ultimately you will be much happier with the final result. This will likely be an expensive process to rectify the original mistake.

Getting laser treatment

Another option is to try and remove the tattoo with laser treatment. This is also an expensive process compared to the original cost of the tattoo. In fact, it generally costs about ten times as much to get a tattoo removed as it does to have it done in the first place. It is also not unusual for the body to take over a year to completely eliminate ink from the skin. The process works by the laser sending light energy into your skin. Different wavelengths of laser light treat different colours of ink in your tattoo. What the ink particles in your skin absorb the light energy, they shatter into smaller fragments that your immune system can then work to remove from your skin as it heals.

Being unhappy with a permanent tattoo is a difficult situation to find yourself in. However, contacting medical negligence solicitors can be a great step towards getting the compensation you will need to rectify the problem, whether that be a cover-up or laser removal.