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Lessons About Tattoo Removal From A Practicing Dermatologist
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My brother has been a dermatologist for about 20 years.
During his time in practice, he has had his share of
patients coming to him for advice about their tattoos.
Unfortunately, they are not aware that this is a very
time-consuming and expensive process and many of them
ultimately leave stunned and shocked.
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Lessons About Tattoo Removal From A Practicing Dermatologist
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My brother has been a dermatologist for about 20 years. During
his time in practice, he has had his share of patients coming to
him for advice about their tattoos. Although he never shares the
names of his patients because of confidentiality laws, he is able
to relay many stories. Some of them are funny, some of them are
outrageous and many of them are heartbreaking.
However, as a dermatologist, the majority of his tattoo clients
are seeking to have their tattoos removed. Unfortunately, they
are not aware that this is a very time-consuming and expensive
process and many of them ultimately leave stunned and shocked.
Thankfully, my brother is an excellent dermatologist, with all of
the credentials and certifications needed to perform the most
sophisticated and state-of-the-art laser removal of tattoos. When
he first entered his practice back in the late 1980s, he hadn't
thought much about tattoo removal as a main part of his services.
He was more interested in helping teenagers treat acne and
encouraging patients to get skin cancer screenings.
Now he is an advocate for tattoo education, trying to ensure that
anyone who wants to get a tattoo is sure to have it done by
someone who practices appropriate sterilization techniques.
Unfortunately, many of my brother's patients want to remove
tattoos that were botched from the beginning. Today's preferred
way of removing unwanted tattoos is through a sophisticated laser
tattoo removal process, which targets the ink and breaks it down
into small particles that are harmlessly reabsorbed into the
Depending on the sophistication of the design, the number, colors
and intensity of inks used and the depth of the tattoo, the
series of treatments may take a year or more before the tattoo is
faded enough to declare success.
Tattoos done by amateurs using lower quality inks may be removed
in three or four sessions, but professional designs can take much
longer. The length of each session varies, but consider spending
about 15 minutes under the laser every two or three months until
the tattoo has faded.
The reason the treatments takes so long is to avoid permanent
damage to the skin, so patience is a virtue if you want to have a
Until you have a consultation with the dermatologist, there is no
way to tell how long the process will take, or how much it might
cost. (My brother charges about $300 for a 15-minute session for
a typical six-inch tattoo, as long as there aren't any
The money and the time add up, and that's why my brother would
prefer that young people consider all the drawbacks to a tattoo
before they make that commitment.
Many patients want to know if it is painful to have a tattoo
removed. My brother says that there is a certain amount of
discomfort involved which he compares to a series of bee stings.
Some patients tolerate the procedure better than others do, and
he does provide pain relief and topical anesthesia for those who
are getting large areas of their body worked on.
Most people want their body art removed because it is from an era
where they thought it was hip or cool to sport a tattoo. Others
want their ex-girlfriend's name removed or don't like the fact
that the tattoos are visible when wearing certain articles of
Moreover, there are many who feel the tattoo job was botched in
the first place and it's time for it to be gone.
Regardless of the reason you might want to remove your tattoo,
make sure you select a qualified dermatologist who is skilled and
experienced in the procedure and is trained to use the latest
equipment. Ask for references and do check them. And make sure
you know up front what the doctor's fee is going to be.
It's expensive, but in many cases, you may be able to negotiate
a deal. Good luck to you!
If you have a tattoo that needs to be removed, you can
spend 1000s on laser tattoo removal treatments, OR you can
explore the Nuviderm Home Tattoo Removal System, which could
remove your tattoo without emptying your wallet. Visit
today to learn more about the Nuviderm
tattoo removal cream. Bree Levine is a full-time, freelance
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