A tattoo seems to be a permanent and irreversible adornment to anyone’s skin. However, in the past, some dermatologic surgeons have developed a safe as well as an effective procedure to successfully remove unwanted tattoos. There are many reasons why patients request the removal of a tattoo such as social, cultural or physical. There are also some patients that developed an allergic reaction due to that tattoo.
The reason for this is that each tattoo is unique and required removal techniques to be tailored to suit each individual case. For instance, professionally applied tattoos will tend to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin at such uniform levels. This uniformity will allow a derma surgeon to use any techniques that will remove broader areas of inked skin at the same depth.
Tattoos can be removed by a dermatologic surgeon on an outpatient basis with local anesthesia. The most common techniques are the laser surgery, dermabrasion as well as surgical excision. In laser surgery, the surgeon removes the tattoo from your skin by selectively treating the pigment colors with its high intensity laser beam. Lasers have become the standard treatment since they offer a bloodless, low risk and highly effective approach with minimal side effects. However, this can be so expensive and painful as well.
Next is the Dermabrasion where the surgeons sand the skin to remove the surface and middle layers of the tattoo in your skin. The combination of surgical and dressing techniques helps to raise and absorb the tattoo inks. Last is the surgical excision where the surgeon removes the tattoo in your skin with a scalpel and closes the wound with stitches. This technique proves highly effective in removing some tattoos and will allow the surgeon to excise inked areas with great control.
The side effects are usually minor. However, it may include skin discoloration at the treatment site, lack of complete pigment removal, and infection of the tattoo site or some scarring. There will be a raise or thickened scar that will appear for about three to six months after the tattoo is removed. But you can also purchase some tattoo removal through the internet which is less expensive and will do a good job.