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traumatic tattoo removal
traumatic tattoo removal
The acute or emergency treatment of traumatic tattoos has been based on the principles of immediate and thorough removal of all particles. The delayed treatment of traumatic tattoos has classically been with overgrafting or dermabrasion. We developed an animal model for traumatic tattoos. Two levels of wounds were made (shallow and deep). Each group consisted of five guinea pigs with one consistent level of wounding. Four treatment methods were applied: carbon dioxide laser, argon laser, overgrafting, and dermabrasion. The results were evaluated by trained observers on a gross basis. Although no statistically significant differences were found within these small groups, clinical experience in a small group of patients suggests that carbon dioxide laser may prove to be useful in the delayed treatment of traumatic tattoos. Eight patients have been treated over a 4-year period. Satisfactory total or subtotal foreign body removal of various agents (road tar, cement, cooper particles) has been achieved.
Traumatic Tattoo Removal
The term tattooing is derived from “tattau”, a Tahitian word which translates essentially as “to mark”. A tattoo is a pattern, picture or other mark made on the skin. These permanent marks can be made purposely, creating words or designs. However, sometimes, traumatic occurrences leave their mark on the skin as well. These undesirable, accidental tattoos are caused by the forceful penetration of the skin from foreign bodies, such as fireworks’ particles, metals, gunpowder, asphalt, or a variety of metals. This kind of tattoo can frequently be seen on victims of bicycle, motorcycle or automobile accidents.
Traumatic tattoos can be successfully treated with the Q-switched Nd: Yag and PicoWay Lasers, which we use here at Skin and Laser Surgery Center.
If you have any tattoo you would like to have removed, the procedure will be similar to that described here. However, the exact process and techniques that are used for your tattoo removal will be outlined specifically for you when you come in for your consultation. Every patient is individual and must be treated that way.
Traumatic Tattoo Removal Procedure
First, an anesthetic cream will be rubbed into the skin where the tattoo is to be removed. A few patients will also requite an injection of lidocaine to alleviate all painful sensations.
Once the cream has taken effect the exactly modulated laser light is passed over the tattooed skin where it microscopically shatters the pigment into tiny particles, which can then be more easily eliminated by the body.
Most patients undergo a series of 10-minute treatments to achieve the most complete tattoo removal possible.
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Recovery from Tattoo Removal
A mild to moderate irritation of the overlying skin is to be expected for about a following laser treatment for tattoo removal, depending on the depth of the tattoo, the particles lodged in the skin, and amount of pigment that had to be removed.
During your recovery you will be asked to wash the area with a mild soap and gently pat dry, then apply a soothing moisturizer to the skin.
Avoid excessive sun exposure and tanning for one week after your treatment.
Patients should consider the use sunscreen and fading creams after the procedure.
Strenuous exercise and alcohol intake should be avoided.
Cover-up clothing is very helpful during the healing process.
For treatment of undesirable, accidental tattoos or to simply remove any tattoo you no longer want, please give a call and schedule your consultation. Laser tattoo removal can help.