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Many people decide to get tattoos, often when they are young and impetuous, and can then go on to regret the decision later in life, especially where the tattoo features a name of a partner from a past relationship or symbol which they later do not want to be associated with. This can result in psychological distress and can, at worst, impact on their quality of life with regards to friends and family, or the progression of their career if the tattoos are clearly visible on the face, neck, hands or arms.
Successful removal of a tattoo (or the significant fading of it) will depend very much on the type of tattoo (professional or amateur), the inks used and the colour of those pigments as some colours respond better to the various treatments than others. Any tattoo removal process will take time to reap results as the ink is slowly removed and the body heals.
Dermabrasion is a surgical procedure which aims to “resurface” the skin. It uses a machine to remove the outer layer of the skin or epidermis and then the top third part of the dermis of the skin.
The removal of tattoos using lasers has been carried out for over 20 years; the use of certain lasers, Q-Switched Ruby and Nd:YAG, have become the preferred method for tattoo removal treatment.