Court ruling: Laypeople are not allowed to remove tattoos with a laser
A few years ago, the so-called "ass antler" was in for some people. Others had their partner's name stabbed in the skin. Many see their tattoos today as "youth sins" and want to get rid of them. There are now lasers that can be used to cleanly remove tattoos. But not everyone is allowed to carry out such treatment.
Remove old youth sins
Sometimes it is a small rose on the arm, sometimes a dolphin on the back; But it can also be the name of the ex or an ugly "ass antler": Many people have had a tattoo that they want to get rid of. But what options are there to have the body images removed? Laser removal is sometimes associated with major health risks. Nevertheless, it is considered the safest and most effective method. But not every tattoo studio is allowed to carry out this treatment.
Not everyone is allowed to carry out the treatment
In the past, tattoos were socially outlawed and reserved for special population groups (e.g. seafarers, prison inmates), but today they are widely accepted and can be found in all social classes.
However, no more than 15 percent of Germans have a tattoo, as surveys showed. However, some want to get rid of the pictures or lettering on the skin and contact their tattoo studio.
They often have to be rejected there. Because not everyone can remove tattoos with a laser, because this can cause dangerous injuries.
According to the Thuringian Higher Administrative Court (AZ: 1 EO 596/15), laypeople are not allowed to remove tattoos using a laser device. This is announced by the Medical Law Working Group of the German Lawyers' Association (DAV) on its website.
Permission according to the alternative practitioner law
In the negotiated case, a man applied to the city of Erfurt to have tattoos removed using a laser device. However, this declined. The city was of the opinion that he needed a permit under the Heilpraktikergesetz (§ 1 HeilprG). The man went to court.
The Higher Administrative Court (OVG) confirmed the city's refusal and called on an expert opinion that the treatment could be associated with specific and not insignificant health risks. The interest of the man, who was threatened with loss of income, should decline. (ad)