Treatment to remove a tattoo is not always successful. There are many ways to try and remove tattoos, including:
There are several reasons tattoos are hard to remove. Tattoo inks aren't regulated for color density, and the ink is pierced into the skin at different depths. Color also affects how the tattoo fades. Dark blue and black tattoos are the easiest to fully remove, while green and yellow tattoos are the hardest. It may take several sessions or several different types of treatments to remove your tattoo.
Do not try any home techniques for tattoo removal, such as the use of a hot cigarette or heated coat hanger. The scarring and infection rates are very high with these methods.
If you have a tattoo that you would like to have removed, talk with your doctor about what steps you should take. The cost of tattoo removal may not be covered by insurance.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine|
|Last Revised||May 3, 2012|
Last Revised: May 3, 2012
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