Tattoo Removal  



Excision
Excision
involves removing the tattooed area of skin and then stitching it closed. This method is more ideal for smaller tattoos, however can still be used on larger ones. Excision method of tattoo removal helps in complete removal of smaller tattoos. For larger tattoos, the skin is removed and a skin graft from another part of the body is used to cover the area. In this method local anesthesia is applied to numb the area after which the tattoo is removed surgically. The edges are then brought together and stitched and there is minimal bleeding.
Dermabrasion or Salabrasion is a surgical procedure where the surgeon uses a sanding tool to go over the skin in order to rub off the top layers of the skin to reveal fresh skin beneath. Local anesthesia is used during the treatment. When the procedure is over, the skin appears to be red in color and is tender. It usually takes the skin a few weeks to heal. This procedure is not recommended if the patient is prone to scarring. If the patient is prone to hyper or hypo-pigmentation as well, then this procedure is not highly recommended. This technique often does not remove all of the pigment from the skin.

It is important to note that many cases of tattoo removal have resulted into scars, skin diseases and wounds. All this depends on several factors including size, location, individual`s healing process or system, how the tattoo was applied and how long the tattoo had been on the skin. Methods chosen by the physician depends upon many factors. The method that the physician chooses will depend upon the size of the tattoo and its location as well as the length of time it has been on the skin. Usually, fading of the tattoo is the best result that can be accomplished. Sometimes the tattoo will disappear.

 

 

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