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Cosmetic Dermatology

Tattoo Removal

Tattoo Removal

Tattoo removal involves the lightening and complete removal of tattoo ink with specific lasers. Depending on the color and density of the ink, the type of laser and the number of treatments required vary.

What is a traumatic tattoo?

Traumatic tattoos result from the deposition of dirt, gravel, or debris in the skin following a scrape or injury to the skin. The traumatic tattoo is typically blue to grey in color and is permanent. The Q-switched Nd:Yag laser is often the treatment of choice for these types of tattoos.

The tattoo is first numbed with local anesthesia and the laser is pulsed against the blue-grey color. The skin turns white to grey and is allowed to heal over the next week or so. Unlike professionally applied cosmetic tattoos, traumatic tattoos may respond to treatment within one to two treatments (but may need more).


This is to be only used as an educational piece and individuals should not use it to self-diagnose a skin condition or problem. Treatment results will vary, talk to a practitioner to see if any of these treatments or procedures are right for you.

Treatments for Tattoo Removal

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