If the tattoo that seemed like the perfect symbol at one time no longer suits you, there are methods to remove them. Tattoo removal from the team at The New Body Center® in Charleston, South Carolina, eliminates the ink from your skin and helps restore your body to its pre-tattoo state. To find out if tattoo removal can help you, call the practice or schedule an appointment online today.
Tattoo removal procedures eliminate unwanted tattoos from your skin through surgical procedures, lasers, or less commonly, the process of dermabrasion.
Most people decide to remove a tattoo if it fades or they are no longer happy with the appearance of the tattoo.
Because tattoo ink is injected below the top layer of skin, removing a tattoo is more complicated and expensive than getting the tattoo in the first place. Dr. Robinson doesn’t recommend do-it-yourself tattoo removal treatments as they are generally ineffective and can cause skin reactions and irritation.
Most tattoo removal procedures are completed on an outpatient basis using a local anesthetic with one of the following procedures:
Before treatment, Dr. Robinson numbs your skin with a local anesthetic. Then, using a powerful pulse of energy applied to the tattoo, the ink is heated and shattered, eliminating the tattoo. Some tattoos may require multiple treatments, and multicolored tattoos sometimes need various lasers and wavelengths to remove all the colors.
The treated area may blister or bleed after treatment. You can apply antibacterial ointment to promote faster healing.
Tattoos leave a permanent mark on your skin, so removing them is not an easy task. In some cases, tattoos don’t respond to removal attempts regardless of the specific tattoo removal procedure chosen. After removing a tattoo, you should expect some degree of scarring or skin color variation.