Surgical Tattoo Removal Procedures with the Latest Techniques
Nothing says forever like an unwanted tattoo. A change in your life or image can make a previous tattoo feel like a prison sentence.
Most of the tattoos that we remove surgically are the ones that has failed laser tattoo therapy. Patient request tattoo removal when it is in a visible part of the body or an unwanted name tattooed.
Fortunately, tattoos of all sizes and colors can now be removed using a variety of modern techniques. If you’re considering surgical tattoo removal you can see Dr. Jaibaji, Board certified plastic surgeon for a consult.
When to Choose Tattoo Removal
A tattoo is a permanent mark made on the body when pigment is inserted into the dermal (second) layer of your skin through miniature punctures. As a general rule, you may be a good candidate for tattoo removal if you
- Are dissatisfied with the appearance of a previous tattoo
- Have pale skin and dark tattoos (though all skin types may benefit from treatment)
- Possess good overall health and realistic expectations
- Some Clients have tattoos in forearm and hands and needs to have them removed prior to joining the navy or military.
Tattoo removal should not be performed on those with serious medical conditions such as diabetes, HIV or other immune disorders. Additionally, if you’re prone to keloids or hypertrophic scars, you may not be a good candidate for treatment.
The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for tattoo removal is to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Jaibaji. Be prepared to discuss factors such as your medical history and cosmetic goals.
Surgical Tattoo Removal with Dr. Jaibaji
An estimated seven to 20 million people in the United States have at least one tattoo, and approximately 17% (thats about 3.5 million people) have considered tattoo removal. Compared with amateur tattoos, professional tattoos often contain various densely packed colored pigments at a uniform depth.
There are several methods of tattoo removal including dermabrasion (surgical scraping), and excision (scalpel removal). Although some of these procedures are still in use today, laser tattoo removal has become the gold standard because it’s low risk and does not require an actual incision.
Some tattoos are difficult to remove with laser. Surgical removal will be a viable option. Surgical removal is useful for small tattoos that allow primary closure. Larger tattoos will require a local flap or skin graft to resurface the defect. These procedures are usually performed under local anesthesia and as an outpatient procedure. In some instances serial excisions is a good option to remove a large tattoo.
Laser tattoo removal is an outpatient procedure that requires multiple sessions to achieve desired results. Using a handheld device, your doctor will administer pulses of energy to your unwanted tattoo. The resulting heat will penetrate through the top layer of your skin and fragment the unwanted tattoo ink. Over time, your body’s immune system will gradually metabolize the fragmented pigments, causing them to fade or disappear altogether.
After Tattoo Removal in La Jolla
Your recovery will depend on the methods used during your tattoo removal. In most cases, you can expect some swelling, bruising and discomfort during the initial phases of your recovery. Laser tattoo removal will also result in some scabbing or flaking over the course of several weeks.
Visible improvements can usually be seen after just a single tattoo removal treatment, but additional sessions may be necessary to achieve your desired results. There is no guarantee that tattoo removal can completely remove your unwanted tattoo. Ultimately the color, size and depth of your tattoo will determine your final results.
All cosmetic procedures, including tattoo removal, present a degree of risk and uncertainty. These risks will be discussed in depth during your consultation. Though rare, risks may include unfavorable scarring, changes in skin pigmentation, infection and unsatisfactory results.
Schedule a Cosmetic Surgery Consultation with Dr. Moneer Jaibaji
During your consultation, you will have the opportunity to review our gallery of patient photos and discuss details such as your total cost and expected recovery time.