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Tattoo removal is one of the services provided by a cosmetic surgeon. A dermatologist, who completed training in laser medicine and/or cosmetic surgery, can also perform the procedure.
Laser Removal – This procedure uses lasers to break down the ink so that it can subsequently be removed by the immune system. Laser removal by Q-switched ruby laser energy is the most modern technology available in removing a tattoo. It is the safest tattoo removal method and is considered the least painful. However, patients are required to visit the cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist multiple times to have the tattoo completely removed. Laser removal works by heating the tattoo pigment just enough so that the skin can absorb it. The laser is applied in very short pulses to avoid damaging the surrounding skin and causing burns and scars.