Want to get rid of that tattoo you thought you would keep forever? While everyone is different, steps can be taken to reduce and/or remove an unwanted tattoo. Although results (and healing time) depend on the depth and size of the tattoo, our trained staff will decrease visibility and fade the tattoo using LightPod Neo technology, a medical aesthetic laser that is noninvasive. The laser emits pulses of light directed toward the tattoo, breaking up the tattoo pigment. The body’s scavenger cells then remove the treated pigment areas. Removing a tattoo completely may require more than one treatment.
Size, location, the healing process, the type of tattoo and application, and the length of time a tattoo has been on the skin all affect removal process. Tattoos that have evenly injected pigment are easier to remove, and older tattoos are more difficult to remove.
While lasers are our method of choice, there are other ways to remove a tattoo. Excision involves surgically cutting away the tattoo and suture (sew) the edges together. Excision may be done in stages for larger tattoos. During dermabrasion, the skin is frozen with a solution and sanded off. A dressing is then applied as bleeding may occur. Salabrasion is a centuries old procedure that is done with a local anesthetic. Salted water is applied to the tattoo. An abrading tool (similar to dermabrasion) is used to remove the tattoo until the skin is deep red in color; a dressing is then applied. When removing a tattoo, one must keep in mind that some color variation may exist after removal.