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I am 45 years old and have an old faded tattoo. I have kept it covered because I’m embarrassed about it. What is the best way to remove it?

There are many ways that tattoos have been removed over the years. Some have been surgically cut out, some chemically removed and others cauterized or burned off. Unfortunately these methods can leave the tattoo either partially removed or can scar the skin. The most advanced way to remove tattoos is by Q-switched laser. This technology allows the tattoo’s ink to be targeted while leaving the skin intact. With the use of topical anesthetics, the procedure is mildly painful but extremely tolerable. Some colors are easier to remove than others. The black and red inks are easiest to remove while the light greens and yellows are more difficult. Tattoos with white ink in them cannot be removed until it fades (5 to 10 years). Professionally applied tattoos require multiple sessions to achieve complete removal (6 to 12). Whereas, older or “home made” tattoos are generally the easiest to remove because the pigment is not as deep (1 to 3 sessions). Treatments are generally performed 6 to 8 weeks apart to give the skin time to heal. Treatments are affordable and price varies according to the size. If you are interested in the treatment or have further questions, call or email us for your free, no-obligation consultation.

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