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Although no one should go into a tattoo thinking they can just remove it later, it is still a reality. In this article, we will cover a few different methods of tattoo removal and the risks.
Tattooing in of itself, is meant to be permanent, for various reasons people still turn to a physician to get tattoo removal.

Tattoo removal has become more successful recently, in most cases however there are still risks of scarring and color variations. The many risk factors vary from size, location, and the personal healing process of the person. Tattoos preformed by a trained tattoo artist may be easier to remove, since the ink is more evenly distributed in the skin, a tattoo that is older in age may be more difficult to remove than a newer tattoo.

The most common methods of tattoo removal are:

*Excision: The method of excision involves an injection of local anesthetics to numb the area, after which the tattoo is removed surgically. The edges are then brought together and sewn together. This method works better on smaller tattoos, as larger tattoos may require skin grafts to be taken from another part of the body

*Dermabrasion: is the method of tattoo removal, in which a small portion of the tattoo is sprayed with a solution that freezes the area. The tattoo is then sanded with a rotary abrasive instrument causing peeling.

*Laser removal: is considered one of the best methods of tattoo removal. The process is fairly simple, they will use a cream to numb the skin if necessary, otherwise it is done without anything. Pulses of light from the laser are directed onto the tattoo, which in turn breaks up the pigment. The treatment is required usually more than once to prove successful. It is also important to realize that not all pigments will break up properly under the laser.

*Salabrasion: is a procedure in which the skin is sloughed off with a solution of ordinary tap water and table salt. The same type of rotary abrasive instrument as in Dermabrasion is used in this process, to vigorously strip the area of skin

The results will vary from treatment to treatment, however you can expect some scarring and color variations. Healing time will vary depending on the type of removal. It is important to discuss the risks with your physician before proceeding with any treatment

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