Can this tattoo on my hand be excised? (photos)

It's about 1 sq inch black outline of a star tattoo on my left hand below between the thumb and pointer finger. How much would it cost out of pocket?

Doctor Answers 3

Hand tattoo excision

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This tattoo is not the best for excising. It would leave a visible scar as well as it is in an awkward place. Which once excised can make mobility difficult. Research Tattoo removals in your area. Seek consultation with 2 or 3. Make sure you are very informed as to what each laser is capable of. There several machines out there that are capable of obtaining a very nice fade. You should seek consultation with a reputable, trained provider experienced in this area.

Tattoo Removal

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I personally would not recommend that you get an excision since it will leave a huge scar in your hand and could also affect your mobility.  You should consider the Alex-Trivantage laser for this tattoo as it would respond well to this type of treatment.  Please consult an expert. Best, Dr. Green

Tattoo Removal

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Rather than excising the tattoo which would leave a scar I would consider a treatment with a Picoway laser at the 1064nm.  Scars are permenant.  This would not be very expensive and should completely resolve with just a couple of treatments with that tattoo. 

Chad M. Hivnor, MD
San Antonio Dermatologist

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