• Has anyone had their radiation tattoos removed?

    Asked by gwendolyn on Wednesday, February 20, 2013

    Has anyone had their radiation tattoos removed?

    I finished radiation today and I would love to get my tattoos removed for psychological reasons. I intend to ask my radiation oncologist when I see her at my follow up appointment in a few weeks. But, in the meantime, I was curious if anyone could share firsthand experience with having them removed. Did you? Why or why not? If you did, how did you have it done? Were you happy with the results?

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    • Legging's Avatar

      Sorry,,, I'm one of the ones who will not get the theirs removed. I want it to remind me each and every day that not only am I still alive ( stage 4 metastic lung cancer) but someone else is trying very hard to save my life. All my dr's , nurces, and whomever else is evolved. Besides my, husband, children, brothers, and the rest of my family and friends. It's such a small reminder for such a big thing. Good luck to you!

      over 4 years ago
    • Queen_Tatiana's Avatar

      Removing the radiation tattoos should be simple and if you want them removed then by all means do it. I have no idea if insurance pays for the removal or not. My husband has several radiation tattoos from different radiations, and while he is no longer having radiation he has never mentioned getting them removed. Cancer wise I think he has too much on his mind to worry about the dots.

      over 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Yes, mine were removed with a bilateral mastectomy 18 years later. In the interim, they were so small I never even noticed them. Mine were barely pinpoint dots. I would think having them removed for cosmetic/psychological reasons would be more traumatic than just leaving them there.

      over 4 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      It never dawned on me to remove them....I have 5 and barely notice them.....they are just like tiny pin dots...to be honest, they don't bother me at all....now the mastectomy scars and the funky looking implants...thats another story.....

      over 4 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      people remove tattoos for various reasons all the time. it actually hurts more than getting the tattoo in the first place, unfortunately... but, you can do it with lasers, for example. it also depends on your skin type. if you have very dark skin, for example, there can be issues with changes in your pigmentation with tattoo removal.

      another possibility - I'm just going to throw this out there.... how about transforming the tattoo into an image of hope and love? i don't have rad tattoos, but i have some intense scars from the surgery. i plan to get a tattoo of one of my child's art pieces soon. i need to wait a full six months after the last surgical procedure (i had a revision to my scars) before getting the work done. but, my child did a piece called tre's world, and it is a glorious, beautiful piece of art. that's where i'm starting.

      good luck. i have ten scars from breast cancer... amazing, isn't it? my body is so different than it was just one and a half years ago.... in some ways, i barely notice. in other ways, i notice every single day.

      over 4 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      ps - my child is pretty stoked about the idea as well. he did this piece when he was about six... and it's framed and hanging in my office. when i told him about the idea, his eyes just lit up....

      over 4 years ago
    • Bug's Avatar

      I have two very small dot tattoos from the breast radiation. I have dark hair and olive skin and so many freckles and moles that they mostly just blend in with everything else! I've also heard that it hurts to have tattoos removed. If they really bothered me, though, gosh, I'd certainly investigate the option. Good luck whatever you do.

      over 4 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar
      SandiD (Best Answer!)

      I am 3 years out from treatment and I cannot even see mine anymore! They should fade. Good luck!

      over 4 years ago
    • LindaWheat's Avatar

      I wouldn't even consider removing as they are part of me and journey in getting through this disease. Good luck to you!

      over 4 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar

      I would prefer that I did not have the markings. but i fear that trying to have the dots removed would simply present more complications. Please let me know what you decide and how it goes if you do it. Thanx.

      over 4 years ago

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