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Tattoo Removal

Eliminate Unwanted Tattoos

Tattoo removal can be achieved in a number of ways, ranging from laser treatments, chemical peels, dermabrasion and surgical excision.

What results should I expect after tattoo removal?

The results of tattoo removal are variable depending on the treatment option used for your case. Some treatment options require several sessions, so results will not be immediate. Each session will show some progress toward the final result, though the number of treatments needed to achieve your final result may vary.

Results for tattoo removal are variable and dependent on factors such as:

  • The type of procedure used
  • The area of the body the tattoo is located in
  • The size of the tattoo
  • The complexity of the design of the tattoo
  • The color of ink used in the tattoo

For optimal results, it is important that you take proper care of the wounds following your tattoo removal procedure. Be sure to follow your surgeon's post-operative instructions and clean the wound with soap and water daily.

Complete removal of the tattoo is the ultimate goal for any tattoo removal procedures. However, patients should have realistic expectations based on the factors referenced above. Regardless of which treatment is used, it may not be possible to completely remove the entire tattoo. For patients who have their tattoo removed using surgical excision, it's important to understand that there will be a surgical scar left behind.



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