Topic of the month – November 2013

Body art or youthful folly – when a tattoo is to be removed again...

During the piercing one is very sure: this tattoo should adorn the own body for the entire life. But life changes and thereby also the personal taste - the formerly loved design is found increasingly less attractive and increasingly becomes an irritating factor. Fortunately methods are available today with which tattoos can be removed again. And with the right follow-up care this can be done nearly without any scars.


A lot of service providers – but which of them are reputable?

According to surveys roughly 5% of all tattooed people wish to have their tattoo removed again. This creates a large market in which there are numerous service providers: Not only doctor’s offer the removal of tattoos, but also cosmeticians and even the operators of tattoo studios. Those who want to be on the safe side and who want to avoid unpleasant surprises should definitely go to an experienced doctor.

Laser treatment standard today

Formerly tattoos were often surgically removed - a procedure that was associated with correspondingly large scars. Today the laser is the method of choice and allows a relatively gentle removal of the undesired body art. Over several sessions extremely bundled light is directed into the skin layer in which the tattoo is embedded. The colour pigments are extremely heated so that they break into pieces and are able to be transported out via the lymphatic system. Thereby individual colours react differently to the laser, so that colour designs are substantially more difficult to remove than black ones.

Laser treatment also leaves a wound

Although tattoo removal by means of laser is relatively gentle it leaves an injury behind on the treated skin. In the first days the area is similar to a graze wound and should also be treated as such: The location should be disinfected and dressed so that it is protected against clothing, contamination and also light. Physical exertion or sport should be avoided for some time to not endanger the healing.

Optimum follow-up care for a pleasing result

Over the course of the treatment corresponding follow-up care should be planned from the beginning - after all, nobody wants to replace an unwanted tattoo with an ugly scar. An early treatment with Contractubex supports scar-free healing of the treated area. The active combination of ingredients unfolds its effects in the skin and promotes the natural healing process there. This visibly reduces the danger of scar formation.


Contractubex® Composition: 100 g gel contains: 10.0 g Extr. cepae, 5000 IU heparin sodium, 1.0 g allantoin. Indications: Hypertrophic and keloidal scars, movement-restricting and cosmetically disfiguring scars after operations, amputations, burns, and accidents; contractures such as Dupuytren’s contracture and traumatic tendon contractures; cicatricial strictures. Contraindications: Hypersensitivity to parabens. Side effects: Very rare skin reactions. Mode of action: Contractubex® exerts an antiproliferative, antiinflammatory, softening, and smoothing action on proliferating scar tissue. Dosage: Unless otherwise prescribed, Contractubex® should be gently massaged into the skin several times a day until all the gel has been absorbed. In the case of hardened older scars, it may be necessary to cover the treated area with a dressing overnight. Interactions: None known. Package sizes: 20 g, 50 g. Merz Pharmaceuticals GmbH, Eckenheimer Landstraße 100, D-60318 Frankfurt/Main, Germany

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