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116 Get Tattoo Removed -- Staged Excision




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This article is from the Tattoo FAQ, by Stan Schwarz with numerous contributions by others.

116 Get Tattoo Removed -- Staged Excision

The staged excision method actually cuts the image out, a small portion
at a time.

Both the sal abrasion and staged excision methods result in more
scarring.

Also, homemade tattoos can be more difficult to remove because while the
concentration of ink may not be as great as in a professional tattoo, it
often goes deeper into the skin (you may want to consider cover-up work
in this case).

Monese Christensen (lynx@codon.nih.gov) recounts a rather sad story
about her sister, who, on a whim without finding a good artist, got a
tattoo she regretted enough to try to get it removed. "The saline
expansion took about 4 months. The insertion of the saline bag was major
surgery. They put her out. And put her out again to remove the tattoo
and bag. The surgery was not covered under insurance for cosmetic
reasons and it came to $5,000." Note that for six months Monese's sister
had a big lump of extra skin growing on her back and she looked like
Quasimodo. This, I believe, for a tattoo about 2" x 2".


 

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