How to Remove a Tattoo

Today, tattoo is no longer a permanent mark. If you want to have your body arts removed, there are at least 15 tattoo removal options you can use.

However, you should examine all available options, and evaluate their pros and cons before deciding on which medical or in-home treatment to use. Here are some information to help you make the right decision.

The Surgical Solutions
You can remove your design by surgery with local anesthesia on an outpatient basis. The most common surgical methods are laser surgery, cryosurgery, dermabrasion, salabrasion, excision, plastic surgery, tissue expansion technique and intense pulsed light removal method. Multiple treatments are often necessary especially for large design.

The non-Surgical Home Methods
Some of the most popular, non-surgical tattoo removal options are the fading cream, trichloroacetic acid (TCA) or glycolic acid peeling methods, hydroquinone cream, infrared coagulation burning and chemical extraction method. All these methods can be carried out at the comfort of your own home.

How much will it cost?
Surgery is costly compare to in-home treatment. The surgical cost is determined by several factors such as artwork size, number of treatments, type of surgery, etc. Your dermasurgeon should be able to provide the estimated costs for every methods.

Will there be a scar?
Some removal methods leave scarring behind, but some do not. If the unwanted tattoo is located on an exposed body area that attracts attention, you may want to pick a method that does not leave behind scar.

Is there any pain involved?
Most surgical treatments cause pain, but the pain and skin irritation can be reduced to minimum with the use of local anesthetic. You should seek opinion from your doctor.

Other things to think about

  • Are there health risks?
  • What are the chances for infection?
  • Will my insurance pay for the procedure?

Tattoo is not permanent any more!  Find out what are the less costly solutions here.


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