Good Candidate for Tattoo Excision? (photo)

I have a 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 inch tattoo on my wrist but I don't know if this part of the body is a good place for excision because of the veins and everything and if it would be necessary to do a staged excision.Also I've heard that some parts of the body have trouble with cauterization. The recruiter said laser removal might not remove it completely and I definitively don't want ink spots on my wrist. I know there will be scarring but if it's possible to get it completely removed I'm ok with that.

Doctor Answers 3

Expert for tattoo excision and tattoo removal

Tattoo excision can be performed in some cases when there is enough tissue and skin laxity to warrant an incision and ensuing scar. 

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Tattoo removal, black ink, laser, surgery

Based on the photograph provided, it looks like a black inked tattoo. It is fairly removal by a laser procedure with few treatments. However you must go to physician/laser specialist who has experience in treating these type tattoos.  We have had very good results treating tattoos at various locations. Consult a board certified dermatologist/laser specialist and a plastic surgeon to hear various laser & surgical options and the outcome, before you make a decision.

Joshua L. Fox, MD
Long Island Dermatologic Surgeon
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Tattoo Excision Candidate?

Thank you for the question and picture.

I think that, everything considered, you will be better off with laser tattoo removal.  Although this process is time consuming, expensive and may leave you with some residual ink, I think you will be better off than having scars on your wrists.  These scars may forever be a source of questioning for example "have you tried to hurt yourself?". Also skin elasticity in this area is limited; multiple stages would be necessary if you decide to go the excision route.

I hope this helps.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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