Tattoo removal is a procedure done to try to remove an unwanted tattoo. Common techniques used for tattoo removal include laser surgery, surgical removal and dermabrasion.
If you regret a tattoo or you're unhappy with the appearance of your tattoo, the tattoo has faded or blurred, or you decide that the tattoo doesn't fit your personality. In such circumstances you should consider tattoo removal.
Tattoo removal might also be done if you develop an allergic reaction to the tattoo or infection.
Scarring is likely after most types of tattoo removal. Infection or discoloration is possible as well. Hyperpigmentation is related to the patient's tone, with types IV, V and VI more prone regardless of the wavelength used
What you can expect
Tattoo removal is often done as A Lunch Hour procedure with local anesthesia. Common techniques for tattoo removal include laser surgery, surgical removal and dermabrasion.
Q-switched lasers are the treatment of choice for tattoo removal. Before laser treatment, the is numbed with an injection of a local anesthetic or topical application of anesthetic cream. Then a powerful pulse of energy is applied to the tattoo to heat and shatter the tattoo ink. Multicolored tattoos might need treatment with various lasers and different wavelengths.
After the procedure, you might notice swelling and possibly blistering or bleeding. Antibacterial ointment can help promote healing. You'll likely need repeated sessions to lighten the tattoo, and it might not be possible to completely erase the tattoo.
During surgical removal, the is anesthetised. The tattoo is removed with a surgeons knife, and the edges of are stitched back together. Surgical tattoo removal is effective — but it leaves a scar and might be practical only for small tattoos.
During dermabrasion, the tattooed is sanded down to deeper levels with a high-speed rotary device that has an abrasive wheel or brush. This allows the tattoo ink to leach out of the .
The affected area feels sore and raw for several days after the procedure. Recovery can take up to two to three weeks. Due to unpredictable results it is not a procedure of choice for us.
Tattoos are meant to be permanent, and complete tattoo removal is difficult. Some degree of scarring or color variation is likely to remain, regardless of the specific method of tattoo removal.