Tattoo Removal

Tattoo Removal Overview

Tattoo removal has evolved over the years from using excision to chemicals. Today laser technology enables surgeons to remove tattoos without causing unsightly scars.

Though you may have thought you wanted a permanent emblem tattooed on your body years ago, today you may want to restore your skin to its original tone and texture. Laser tattoo removal uses various light wave lengths and pulse durations that are absorbed by different colors to target and destroy the tattoo without damaging surrounding tissues.

If your tattoo makes you feel uncomfortable in your own skin, it might be time to consider removal.

When you use 1800mySurgeon, you are assured of making an informed decision because all of our Tattoo Removal Surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. The qualified patient coordinators at 1800mySurgeon are prepared to help you find Tattoo Removal Surgeons in your area, who specialize in tattoo removal, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon you choose.

Having Realistic Expectations for Tattoo Removal

Being honest with yourself about how your image will change and how those changes will affect your life is important. Having a tattoo removed will change the appearance of your skin. Not having the tattoo may boost your self-confidence or relieve you of outwardly displaying a chapter of the past, but that won’t change who you are or the way other people feel about you.

Questions to Ask Your Prospective Surgeon

Once you’ve made an appointment for a consultation, take the time to prepare a list of questions and concerns you want to address with your prospective surgeon. The consultation is your opportunity to assess the surgeon as much as it is their opportunity to determine your candidacy for the procedure. Take your time, be thorough and know that you are never required to commit to a procedure or a surgeon because you’ve had a consultation, even if the consultation is free.

Tattoo removal takes some specialization so make sure you find a surgeon with tattoo removal experience. You want to make sure that you choose a surgeon whose work you admire. You will be able to see the outcome of some of their treatments by looking at before-and-after pictures.

This list of information may help you compile your questions and may encourage you to do some further research on the many different aspects of tattoo removal:

  • How many treatments will you need and at what intervals? (It is not uncommon to need 8 to 12 treatments and for treatments to be schedule at month intervals.)
  • Let your surgeon know of any medications, herbal treatments or vitamins you take, and make sure to get a list of products to avoid during treatment.
  • Ask your surgeon to assess the depth of the tattoo and the amount of recovery time necessary for each treatment.

If you’re consulting with a surgeon from 1800mySurgeon, you can rest assured that you will be meeting with a qualified Tattoo Removal Surgeon. If you already have a surgeon in mind, our qualified patient coordinators can also perform a background check before you schedule your consultation. Most importantly, always trust your instincts during the consultation. The success of your surgical experience will be based on how you feel about your surgeon, the surgery, your recovery and your result.

Tattoo Removal Recovery

Recovery will be based on your specific treatment. The depth of the tattoo and the colors used will determine the level of laser treatment necessary to remove the pigment. In most cases, you will experience some swelling and redness, similar to a sunburn. With deeper treatments, there might be bruising or bleeding. Redness, sensitivity, and your skin texture will continue to improve over many weeks. It is very important not to expose the treated area to the sun as this could result in permanent discoloration.

Tattoo Removal Risks

Any medical treatment carries certain risks and the possibility of complications.

During your consultation, you will want to ask your surgeon about the following risks:

  • Is there any risk of permanent discoloration?
  • Is there any risk of laser burns?
  • Is there any risk of scaring?
  • With some laser treatments, cysts can emerge. Ask about the risk of cysts, and if a cyst occurs, your options for cyst removal.

It is important to remember that no surgeon can guarantee your satisfaction with tattoo removal nor can they deny any risk factors. No matter how rarely risks occur, every medical treatment carries a certain amount of risk, and you have to decide for yourself if your potential desired result is worth the risk.

Long Term Results of Tattoo Removal

Tattoo removal is permanent, but it will not restore your skin to its original pigmentation, texture or condition. Continuing to take care of your skin after recovery from tattoo removal can help enhance your results.

Choosing Your Surgeon

At 1800mySurgeon, we are here to help you make an informed decision. One of the most important aspects for a successful outcome of your procedure is to choose the right surgeon, therefore all of our Tattoo Removal Surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. We can help you find Tattoo Removal Surgeons in your area, who specialize in tattoo removal, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon.