Pima Dermatology offers treatment of many different colors of Decorative tattoos, Cosmetic tattoos of the eyebrows, lips, or eyeliner and traumatic tattoos such as road rash.
Tattoos no longer should be viewed as permanent. Several very good options now exist for removal of tattoos. There is simply not one method that is right for every person, nor for every tattoo. The ability to remove a tattoo will vary by the amount, color, age, and depth of tattoo pigment applied to the skin. In general, the older the tattoo, the faster it responds to treatment. Certain colors and complex pigments such as greens, purples, and yellows, may be more difficult to remove. Different techniques may be needed to remove different colors from the skin. No two tattoos are the same and there is often quite a difference in how fast any given tattoo will respond to a given therapy. Generally, it takes 4-8 treatments or more to remove the tattoo.
If the tattoo is relatively small and/or easily accessible and cosmetically in an inconspicuous area, the entire tattoo can be surgically cut out or excised, and sutured closed with stitches. This can be done in a single treatment session, or in several treatment sessions involving a serial excision technique. This surgical technique is done in the office under local anesthesia. The surgical technique always leaves a line scar which can spread and leave a significant or disfiguring scar in certain areas of the body (breast, shoulder or base of the neck areas)
Dermabrasion is a technique utilizing a specially designed, rapidly rotating, diamond tipped, skin sanding instrument to physically remove the tattoo pigment under the skin. Under local anesthesia and a surface skin refrigerant, the area is carefully abraded layer by layer until all or most all visible skin pigment, or most of the visible pigment is removed. This results in an open abrasion or sore that slowly heals over the next 4-6 weeks. The wound requires daily care, and can be sore during the healing phase. This treatment will always result in a scar which initially will be pink to violaceous in color and in certain areas (especially in deltoid, neck and chest) can become raised, disfiguring and/or hypertrophic. This treatment is usually done in a single 15-30 minute treatment session in the office under local anesthesia.
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Last updated March 22, 2012.