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How to remove a tattoo, The options and the risks and costs associated with the procedure

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Tattoos. They are super cool … until they didn’t. And when that day comes around, you will only have a few options: live with your stupid tattoo, cover-up, and look for tattoo removal.

So, if you can’t bear the thought of seeing more of it, and, with respect to each and every day just isn’t feasible (who was it that said that you have a tattoo on your face, didn’t you?), laser tattoo removal may be the ticket.

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Fox News recently spoke with Dr Arash Akhavan, who is the founder and director of the Dermatology & Laser Group, New York City, to learn more about the current options for tattoo removal, as well as the risks associated with the procedure.

As a heavily tattooed woman in Berlin, and will undergo removal laser treatment for unwanted tattoos on her hand and thigh.
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What other options are there?

Akhavan, a board-certified dermatologist and a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, told Fox News that the tattoo is mostly done by a laser, while the surgical excision (cutting out the skin containing the tattoo is often an option for smaller tattoos.

Laser removal, on the other hand, makes use of a short pulse of light breaks the pigment in the ink into smaller particles, which can then be excreted from the body by the immune system.

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Akhavan added that the new generation of tattoo removal lasers, such as the use of a picosecond (a trillionth of a second) wavelength technology to be “effective”, while also being gentler on the skin.

“The risks of tattoo removal is the formation of scar tissue,” Akhavan says Fox News. “This has been kept to a minimum by pulsed lasers, such as the PicoWay, which uses picosecond wavelength of the laser energy to destroy tattoo pigments in the skin, with minimal damage to the surrounding healthy-looking skin.”

In addition to the scars, Akhavan says of burns, and infections are included within the risk, although this risk can be reduced by finding a board-certified dermatologist.

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It can be any type of tattoo be removed?

Although the procedure has come a long way in the last few years, not every tattoo’s are just as easy to remove as the others. According to Akhavan, smaller tattoos, and those that are less heavily pigmented, are the best candidates for removal.

Some colors, such as black ink is easier to remove,” he added.

The black ink, as well as those who have a less heavy coloration, they are usually the easiest to remove, Dr. Arash Akhavan, tells Fox News.
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On the other hand, is a dark, non-black, as well as the ones that have the dark tones in the plant design, usually the most difficult to remove in general. This is due, in part, be due to the size of the molecules is associated with a variety of dyes, which have a treatment of lasers of different wavelengths.

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How much does it cost?

The final factor — and this is important — is cost. Of course, to various dermatology groups and offer different rates, but patients can expect to spend hundreds of dollars per session for tattoos to be completely removed.

And yes, the laser removal usually requires a number of sessions.

“The total cost of the tattoo removal depends on the size of the tattoo and number of sessions required to remove it,” Akhavan said. “Our office is the smallest of tattoos cost about $600 per session, and the greater will be several thousand dollars per session. The number of sessions required for complete removal will vary, but typically ranges between five and 10.”

Depending on how much and how many sessions needed tattoo removals can cost at least a couple of thousand dollars, and the Dr. Arash Akhavan, tells Fox News.
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That being said, Akhavan recommends that anyone contemplating a tattoo to think long and hard about getting inked before heading to the tattoo parlor.

“Tattoos are meant to be permanent, and [people] are created from 100 per cent sure before,” says Akhavan. “It is to remove them, it may take a couple of years and it will cost at least a couple of thousand dollars.”

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