Tattoo Removal

Posted October 21st, 2017 by Duken

A few years ago my son was involved with a group of “wild” kids. During that time, he did many foolish things that he now regrets. Although those events are now in his past, he unfortunately also had several unsightly tattoos placed on the backs of his hands. The letters “LOVE” and “HATE” are written across the backs of each of his fingers. These marks of his past have unfortunately prevented him from getting a good job. People he meets wonder what kind of person he used to be.

Is there any way that he can have these tattoos removed? My son is quite fearful of any procedure that would be painful or would leave scarring behind. We would appreciate any help you could give us in helping us to more completely turn our son’s life back around. Thank you!

I have good news for you–laser is a method available for removing tattoos. Light energy is absorbed rapidly by the ink, thus destroying the ink without harming the skin itself, although there may be pinpoint bleeding for a brief period afterwards. A treatment takes about 5 minutes and is minimally painful.

According to Dr. David Crosby, associate professor of dermatology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, the average tattoo may require 5-6 treatments to achieve fading. Usually treatments are spaced a month apart. In his experience, tattoos placed by an amateur require fewer treatments to get results. Some of infected tattoo need to pay a close attention to treatment and aftercare. Most tattoos will fade after laser treatment, but complete removal may not always be possible, especially with certain inks, such as green and yellow. Scarring is usually minimal.

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