Recent polls have indicated the increasing popularity of tattoos, in that 16% of Americans now have at least one tattoo. Approximately 17% of this population regret getting the tattoo, and many will seek options for removal. There are a lot of reasons for possibly wanting a tattoo removed. If a tattoo is holding you back from getting a job you want or preventing you from attaining goals you have set for yourself, a little pain and scarring may be worthwhile to have the tattoo removed.
Lasers are the most common method of tattoo removal today. They work by targeting the ink with pulses of highly concentrated light that break the ink into fragments that are removed by your own immune system. Multiple treatments with several different lasers are usually required for tattoos with several different colors. Some colors such as yellow and white are difficult, if not impossible, to remove. Generally the darker ink colors, the more superficial tattoos, and the lower density of ink will provide better results. There can be no guarantee that the tattoo will be completely removed. Dissatisfactory scarring may occur with any treatment, especially when multiple treatments are involved. Our plastic surgeons can assess the tattoo you have and provide realistic recommendations on whether reasonable success may be achieved.