It happens more often than you might think. You go out and get a tattoo that seems like a great idea in your youth or in the throws of a relationship, only to regret it terribly later on in life. When this happens to you, you don’t have to put up with having that tattoo for the rest of your life. There are three common methods that are used for tattoo removal, and all of them are available at Julian Plastic Surgery.
Laser surgery is one method that can make a tattoo less visible, although it might not erase it completely. In this type of tattoo removal, a high pulse of energy is applied to the tattoo to break up the ink and lighten it. The procedure is not painful because a local anesthetic is applied to the skin before treatment. You may have some pain and discomfort, as well as blistering or bleeding at the site for a few days. Usually more than one treatment session is necessary to lighten the tattoo as much as possible.
Serial excision, or surgery, is the most effective way to get a tattoo removed. During this procedure, you will be given a local anesthetic to numb the area, and the tattoo is cut away, with the remaining skin stitched back together. This is the most effective method of tattoo removal, but it does tend to leave a scar. It is usually only best for smaller tattoos.
During dermabrasion for tattoo removal, the area of the tattoo is chilled until numb, and then a special tool is used to sand down the skin to the deeper levels. This allows the tattoo ink to break loose and leach out of the skin. This method of tattoo removal is often ineffective, even with multiple treatments, but it can be used to lighten a tattoo easily.
If you have a tattoo that you wish you didn’t, contact us today for more information about how we can help or to schedule an appointment.