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Scarring secondary to Tattoo Removal

26 October, 2011

Fortunately scarring secondary to Tattoo Removal is very rare. In the correct hands, the chance of scarring is much less than 1% following laser tattoo removal.

Past treatment with needling and glycolic acid can be effective, fading tattoos over several treatments. However this procedure has resulted in scarring in over 40% of cases. Historical techniques such as dermabrasion, salt abrasion, and Hydrochloic acid gave horrific scars and is not practiced in the Western world.

The new generation Q- Switched Laser forms the basis of tattoo removal. The laser targets specific pigment in the dermal layer of the skin. Treatments are safe, effective and well tolerated.

Laser operators at Westside Dermatology are still mindful of scarring and take special precautions in clients with a history of keloid and hypertrohic scars. Laser Tattoo removal on sites such as the chest and shoulder have an increase risk of scarring. 

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By Dr Davin Lim and Dr Shobhan Manorharan