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.
The patient might consider tattoo removal if doens’t regret a tattoo or is unhappy with the appearance of the tattoo. Perhaps the tattoo has faded or blurred, or patient decide that the tattoo doesn’t fit the current image. Tattoo removal might also be important if the patient develop an allergic reaction to the tattoo or other complications, such as an infection.
Tattoo removal is often done as an outpatient procedure with local anesthesia.
BEFORE THE PROCEDURE:
-Before laser treatment, the skin is numbed with an injection of a local anesthetic. 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:
-After the procedure, the patient might notice swelling and possibly blistering or bleeding. Antibacterial ointment can help promote healing. the patient likely need repeated sessions to lighten the tattoo.