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Tattoo removal - How is it done?

Dr. Vivekanand N Bhat

Dr. Vivekanand N Bhat

  Lavelle road, Bengaluru     Apr 13, 2019

   1 min     


Tattoo removal is done to remove an unwanted tattoo. Once tattoos were considered permanent, but with the advancement of technology, it is now possible to remove tattoos. If you are unhappy with the looks of the tattoo or if you resent it, you can now get it removed and there are various methods of tattoo removal which can be employed.


The ink of the tattoo is placed beneath the top layer of the skin and hence its removal is a bit complicated. It is always advisable to contact your dermatologist before the removal of tattoos. Depending on the size of the tattoo, appropriate removal technique may be chosen.

Scarring is very likely after tattoo removal. There is also a risk of infection or skin discoloration.

Laser surgery:

Perhaps the most well known and the most popular technique for tattoo removal is the laser surgery. A special type of laser known as Q-switched laser, which releases energy in a single and powerful pulse is used to remove a tattoo. These are preferred on a darker skin tone to prevent changing the color of the skin permanently.

The high-intensity laser beam breaks apart the color pigments and thus gradually removes the tattoo. Black color ink is the easiest to remove by this method, and other colors may require specific lasers depending on the color of the ink.

Surgical removal:

For surgical removal, the skin is first numbed by injecting a local anesthetic. The tattoo is then removed with the help of a scalpel and then the skin is stitched together. The surgical method of tattoo removal leaves behind a scar and is favorable only in cases of smaller tattoos.


 In this method, the skin is chilled until it is numb and using a high-speed rotating device with abrasive wheels, the tattoo ink is made to leach out of the skin. This method is quite unpredictable and less effective, hence it is not a common choic

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