What are my options for tattoo removal? Is excision an option? (Photo)

Due to the white and pink color within the tattoo, laser removal is not an option. Would I be a candidate for excision? This tattoo is a week old and not what I originally wanted. The size and design is all wrong and it has made me really unhappy.

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Tattoo Removal/Excision--Laser Tattoo Removal --Takes a series of treatments After Healing

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Rather then excision, lasers can be used to remove this tattoo, but will take a series of treatments. The PicoWay Laser would be a good choice. White ink can be a challenge to remove, so please see an expert for a formal consultation. Best, Dr. Emer

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What are my options for tattoo removal?

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Hello, thank you for your question and for including a photo. We would not recommend excision. Laser tattoo removal should be an option for you. The latest technology in laser tattoo removal is pico-second technology. The PicoWay Laser (Candela/Syneron) uses photoacoustic impact/pressure waves rather than photothermal/heat.  This process has less heat, therefore it is more comfortable and the chances of hyperpigmentation are less.  The Pico-second pulse shatters the ink into even smaller particles, allowing the body to more easily absorb the ink. This technology can usually remove a tattoo in about half as many treatments as the traditional Q-switch devices. 532 wave length can be used on red ink successfully, white can make it more of a challenge because it is void of color, therefore there is no target. You should check in your are to see of this technology is available.

Good Luck!


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the tattoo is quite large. if it was a  linear and slightly skinnier tattoo I could've operated on it and surgically removed it. but Im sorry its too wide for a surgical excision. even a staged excision is not an option here. better off with a laser for tattoo removal. you can see some of the pics of my tattoo surgery on my profile page

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