Can You Get Rid of a Throat Tattoo Other Than Laser?

Can You Get Rid of a Throat Tattoo Other Than Laser?

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Options for Tattoo Removal on the Throat

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While excision can sometimes be recommended for small tattoos, keep in mind that it will leave a permanent scar. 

Laser tattoo removal is probably the best option for your tattoo. Some tattoos are easier to remove than others, particularly those done in black ink. The amount of ink and layering is also a factor.  

Tattoos on the head and neck are the easiest to remove because there is an abundance of blood and lymphatic vessels which play an important role in removing the tattoo ink particles once they are broken up by the laser. 

Be sure to consult with a board certified dermatologist as this will help ensure the best possible outcome. 

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Options for Tattoo Removal

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Besides laser, the most common option is excision. Across the throat, an excision can be done but might only be able to remove half of an inch wide at a time. Also, you should expect a permanent line scar.

One other choice that happens to be heavily advertised on the internet are home tattoo removal creams/acids. I have never seen anyone that was at all satisfied with these type products. The only reason the FCC allows them to be sold are: they won't kill you and you can get your money back if they don't work. I know home treatment sounds too good to be true. You know what they say.

"If it sounds too good to be true, it is too good to be true!"

T. Wayne Day, MD
Nashville Dermatologic Surgeon

Tattoo Removal?

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Thank you for the question.

Laser tattoo removal tends to be the way to go;  if the tattoo is small enough and/or oriented favorably,  surgical excision may be an option.

It would behoove you to meet in person with a well experienced board-certified plastic surgeon.

Best wishes.

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