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Scars & Tattoo Removal Options
For those considering getting a tattoo and want to know if there is an option for backing out, rest assured there are options. Today there are a few modern technologies that allow people to remove their unwanted tattoos in professional out patient settings that involve only local anesthesia.
Of course, the cost and desired results will vary depending upon the method selected by a particular patient. Knowing the differences ahead of time can help prospective tattoo removers to make the best decision possible.
Laser tattoo removal
If a patient can afford the procedure, the most efficient and least invasive tattoo removal is with a laser.
Depending upon the nature of the tattoo to be removed the laser removal can be done in one session or possibly in a few successive visits.
Laser tattoo removal has pretty much become the industry standard for the procedure as it offers a low risk, bloodless operation with few if any side effects. Lasers are actually used in a considerable number of modern day procedures from tumor removal, sealing of blood and lymph vessels as well as removal of warts, moles and tattoos.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology laser tattoo removal is an effective option with a low risk of scarring. The style of laser used to remove a tattoo depends upon the pigment of ink to be removed.
Green and yellow are the hardest and blue and black are the easiest colors to remove. Those looking to remove greens and yellows may need several separate treatments to completely remove the pigmentation.
There are alternatives to laser tattoo removal but they have fallen to a more cursory level of use as lasers offer such a successful procedure.
The first alternative is called dermabrasion where a small hand held circular sander is used to remove the middle and surface layers of the epidermis and subsequently the ink that has been placed there.
Excision is another tattoo removal option. This involves the surgical removal of the segment of skin. The skin is then stitched back together to form a scar patch. This method is also used for mole removal and subsequently may only be a realistic option for those looking to remove a very small tattoo.