A growing number of Irish tattoo artists are embracing the facial lymph system to help remove facial tattoos.
It is a treatment that has helped many patients with facial tattoos and other skin cancer.
“It is really not the most effective,” said Dr Peter Murphy, a specialist in skin cancer and head of cosmetic surgery at St Patrick’s Hospital in Cork.
“There are a number of reasons why facial tattoos are less effective than with other forms of skin cancer,” he said.
“The biggest one is that the facial is in a more vulnerable place than it would be in the hands.”
“You can’t just remove the facial, you have to remove all the tissue and then you’re going to need an operation,” he added.
“And if you have the right surgery you’re able to remove the whole thing.”
Dr Murphy is also concerned about how many people are willing to undergo the procedure in order to remove tattoos.
“I know a lot of people who are very shy about it,” he explained.
“They say ‘I don’t want it, I don’t feel it, it’s not for me’ or ‘I’m too old to do it’.”
They are just afraid they’ll get scarred, that the tattoo will stick out or get stuck in the skin, and that’s why they don’t do it.
“The procedure involves removing the tattoo and then applying a cream over the skin and into the hair follicle.
The cream is then used to remove lymph nodes from the skin in the area of the tattoo, before the procedure is carried out.”
If I was a tattoo artist, I’d say that’s one of the best things that could be done for facial cancer, but it’s a bit tricky,” Dr Murphy said.
Dr Murphy said there were a number who were willing to go through the procedure.”
When it’s the right tattoo, you can remove it.
It’s about the patient, and you can’t get it removed if it’s too big,” he continued.”
In the end, the problem is that you have two types of lymph nodes, and if you get it too big it’s going to be hard to get rid of it.
“You could go into surgery for it, but I think that’s a lot more expensive and more painful.”
Dr Simon, who is also a tattoo expert, said he had seen the procedure at a tattoo parlour in Cork earlier this year.
“For some people, I think it’s OK, but for others, it could be too difficult,” he told the Irish Times.
“Sometimes it’s better to get the procedure done before the disease has spread so that you don’t have to go in and remove it.”
Dr Graham, from the Tattoo Centre in Cork, said the procedure had been popular for people in his clinic.
“People love the idea of removing facial tattoos,” he confirmed.
They don’t think that you’ll get a scar or it will make them feel worse, and I think they think it would.”