Tattoo Removal

People choose to have tattoos on their body for personal, spiritual, or other reasons. The ink injected in the skin leaves a permanent mark. In many cases, you might love the look of your tattoo. On the other hand, as your circumstances in life change – relationships, employment, military service, and personal preference – you may find yourself exploring options for tattoo removal.

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Which is Better – Laser Tattoo Removal or Surgical Tattoo Removal?

Laser tattoo removal can be effective at removing certain tattoo pigments. However, this approach has several shortcomings.

Unfortunately, laser therapy requires multiple repeat visits with several treatment sessions to be effective. Even after all the laser tattoo removal treatments, there is often residual tattoo pigment or “ghosting.” This means the pigment is gone but the scar left behind by the laser resembles the original tattoo imprint!

Because of these shortcomings, surgical tattoo excision is often the preferred approach.

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Here is a patient after having multiple rounds of laser treatments over several months at another facility to try and remove this tattoo. He was on a time crunch and tired of wasting time and money on more laser treatments. We were able to remove the whole tattoo in one operative procedure. Here is his immediate result right after we surgically removed this tattoo. This scar will fade and soften over time.

How is Surgical Tattoo Removal Performed?

Surgical tattoo removal is a cosmetic surgery approach that involves excision, or cutting out tissue, from the skin affected by the tattoo. For smaller tattoos, the affected skin area can be removed surgically and the remaining skin is closed using plastic surgery techniques. Larger tattoos may require more than one surgical excision.

Sometimes the tissue near the tattoo is stretched before cutting out the tattooed skin. This procedure is called tissue expansion. This is reserved for very large tattoos that cannot be removed with three rounds surgical excision and closures. During the consultation, we will discuss which surgical tattoo removal approach is best for you.


Is a Tattoo Removal Procedure Right for Me?

If have a tattoo that is no longer desirable, or one that is restricting you in your personal and professional life, tattoo removal may be right for you. During your consultation, we will check to make sure you are in good health and a good candidate for surgical removal of a tattoo.


What is Recovery Like Following Surgery to Remove a Tattoo?

Recovery after tattoo removal is generally straightforward. The exact timing and nature of recovery depends upon where the tattoo is located on your body. Typically it takes a week for the skin to heal, and depending on the size of the tattoo being excised, you may have some activity limitations early on.

While laser treatment can take up to a year to see effects of tattoo removal, surgical tattoo removal results in an immediate effect, with healed skin often in just a few weeks.


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