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Tatoo Removal


Overview

Many people are very passionate about there tattoos. They wear them proudly. Often they are small and discrete. Others are much more obvious. Over time, however, it is not uncommon for you feelings to change and the tattoo is no longer desirable. A common example is the man who is madly in love who tattoos his girlfriends name on his arm. This is great until the relationship ends and he marries someone else. Another example is when a tattoo becomes a liability in the job market.

Laser tattoo removal is a good option in the right patient who is properly educated. Lasers are able to remove tattoos by destroying the pigment. Different lasers emit light with different wavelengths. Each color in a tattoo is destroyed by a specific wavelength. Different lasers are necessary to treat different colors. Black, brown, and blue colors respond best to lasers while red, orange, yellow and green do not respond as well. Other factors such as the depth of tattoo, the type of pigment used, and the ability of the tattoo artist also play a role in how effective the laser treatment will be.

Typically, four to six treatments are necessary to remove a tattoo. The benefit of the laser is that it can destroy the pigment without a scar. Typically, however, the area treated is somewhat lighter than the surrounding skin or is mildly scarred.

Benefits

Previously, the only way to remove a tattoo was to cut it out leaving an obvious scar. With the advent of laser technology ICRS is able to remove the tattoo with little or no scarring and little pain. Here is a summary of the benefits:

  • Removes tattoos with little or no scars.
  • Is relatively painless with no downtime.
  • Does not require a surgical procedure.
  • Some tattoos respond very rapidly with essentially complete removal.
  • Is very effective at removing Traumatic Tattoos obtained during an accident.

Are you a good candidate?

The best candidates for laser tattoo removal are those with black, brown or blue tattoos. Another good candidate is the patient who has a traumatic tattoo. This patient has dirt and debris under the skin that does not go away. Finally, someone undergoing laser tattoo removal must be realistic. It is not possible to remove a tattoo and make it like it was never there. There will always be a hint that there was a tattoo. This will range from a slight lightening of the skin to incomplete removal of the tattoo.

Possible complicationsM

The most common complication is incomplete removal of the tattoo. Once again this depends on the color and type of tattoo you have. Other complications include lightening of the skin and mild scarring. These are often a welcomed tradeoff for the removal of the tattoo. Other complications include hypersensitivity to the sun which is particularly a problem for the first year after the treatments. It is important to use sunscreen to protect your skin.

Do's and Dont's prior to surgery

There are few do's and don't's with laser tattoo removal. It is important to stay out of the sun just prior and one year after treatments. Also important is to let yor plastic surgeon know if you have been on the medication Acuteness within the past two years. This medication markedly slows skin healing and may result in significant permanent scarring. Other than that it is possible to come during your lunch break, have it done, and return back to work.

Anesthesia

Usually, the area around the tattoo is numbed with a topical cream. This markedly reduces the pain and does not effect the patient the way IV sedation would. The cream lasts about an hour and a half. It must be applied at least half an hour prior to the procedure and preferably 45 minutes.

After the procedure

For the first two or three days there will be redness and mild pain. There may also me some slight bleeding that stops usually before you leave the office. Keep the area clean and apply an antibiotic cream for the first three days. Healing is usually complete within four or five days.

Recovery time

There really is no recovery time. Patients often go right back to work after the treatment.