What are the five top questions to ask my doctor before having my tattoo removed?

Lasers have helped make tattoo removal easier and less painful. However there are a number of factors that can influence tattoo removal, so it’s important to have realistic expectations going in. Here are the top 5 questions to ask your doctor before having your tattoo removed.

1.    How long will it take? Laser tattoo removal is considered easier when compared to older methods such as surgical excision.However, depending on the color of the ink(s) used, erasing a tattoo can take anywhere from 5 to 15 sessions. Since black inks are the easiest to fade, an all-black tattoo may take 5 to6 sessions. It is also important to remember that removal sessions are spaced several weeks apart.

2.    Will it hurt?Removing a tattoo can be very uncomfortable.You will feel the energy from the laser as the pulsed light penetrates the skin. Some patients say it feels a lot like a rubber band being snapped against the skin.

3.    What colors are hardest to remove?Colors such as yellow and green are hardest to remove. In some cases they are not completely eliminated, but can be faded significantly.

4.    What type of laser will you use?  Lasers generally emit different wavelengths, and different wavelengths treat different colors. Therefore it often takes multiple lasers to remove a tattoo, especially if it has several colors.

5.    Will removing my tattoo leave a scar?This can happen in cases where the tattoo is inked deeply, and you have colors that are difficult to remove.

Laser tattoo removal is available in Tupelo, MS at Accent Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Call (662) 377-6290 today and schedule an appointment with Dr. Mark Craig.

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