Dr. Ankuja Mhaske

Tattoo removal is a cosmetic procedure aimed at permanently removing unwanted tattoos from the skin. Tattoos are created by injecting ink into the dermis layer of the skin, where it becomes trapped and remains visible. While tattoos are considered permanent, advancements in laser technology have made it possible to safely and effectively remove tattoos with minimal scarring.

Common methods of tattoo removal include:

  1. Laser Therapy: Laser tattoo removal uses high-intensity laser light to break down the ink particles in the skin, allowing the body’s immune system to gradually eliminate them. Different types of lasers, such as Q-switched lasers, are used to target specific ink colors and depths in the skin.

  2. Picosecond Lasers: Picosecond lasers deliver ultra-short pulses of laser energy to break up tattoo ink into smaller particles, making it easier for the body to absorb and eliminate the ink. Picosecond lasers are highly effective for removing stubborn or multicolored tattoos.

  3. Fractional Laser Therapy: Fractional laser therapy uses a fractional laser to create microscopic channels in the skin, allowing the body to expel ink particles more efficiently. Fractional laser therapy can help reduce the number of treatment sessions required for tattoo removal and minimize the risk of scarring.

  4. Surgical Excision: Surgical excision involves surgically cutting out the tattooed skin and stitching the surrounding skin together. Surgical excision is typically reserved for small tattoos or tattoos in areas where laser therapy may not be effective.

  5. Dermabrasion: Dermabrasion involves mechanically sanding away the outer layers of the skin to remove the tattoo pigment. Dermabrasion is less commonly used for tattoo removal due to the risk of scarring and pigment changes.

Tattoo removal treatments are typically performed as in-office procedures by licensed dermatologists or laser technicians trained in laser tattoo removal. The number of treatment sessions required depends on factors such as the size, color, and depth of the tattoo, as well as the individual’s skin type and healing response.

While tattoo removal is generally safe and effective, it is essential to consult with a qualified provider to determine the most appropriate treatment approach and ensure optimal results. With advances in laser technology and skilled practitioners, individuals can achieve significant improvements in tattoo removal and regain confidence in their appearance.

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About Dr. Ankuja Mhaske

Dr. Ankuja Mhaske is graduated from D.Y Patil College, Pimpri and completed her post-graduation (MS) from Sangli. She started programming FUE and Direct FUE (DIRECT HAIR TRANSPLANTATION) after completing her post-graduation diploma in Medical Cosmetology and post-graduation diploma in Clinical Dermatology in 2016.