Tattoo removal must be tailored to the type of tattoo. Laser surgery is most common method used to remove tattoos. Other methods include dermabrasion (“sanding” the tattoo off the skin) and surgical excision, in which a scalpel is used to remove the tattoo and the wound is stitched. Several laser treatment sessions are usually required in order to remove the tattoo.

Tattoo removal methods

There are several methods for tattoo removal which have proven successful. In most cases, however, some scarring or color variations remain.

  • Traditional laser tattoo removal procedures typically are painful, time consuming and expensive. The cost can run into thousands of dollars and the process can take years.
  • Surgical tattoo removal methods or sanding often leave scars and can lead to other complications.
  • One of tattoo removal method is called dermabrasion in which a small portion of the tattoo is sprayed with a solution that freezes the area. The tattoo is then “sanded” with a rotary abrasive instrument causing the skin to peel.
  • Excision involves an injection of a local anesthetic to numb the area after which the tattoo is removed surgically. Excision is method where the dermatologic surgeon removes the tattoo with a scalpel and closes the wound with stitches (In some cases involving large tattoos, a skin graft from another part of the body may be necessary.).

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