The suggested method usually depends on factors like the tattoo's size
and location, what dyes were used, and how they were introduced into
the skin. When the tattoo is small and in an area that's typically
under clothing, excision (ex-SIH-zhun) and closure may be performed.
This involves cutting away the tattooed skin and re-closing the wound
If the tattoo is moderate or large and has several
colors, laser removal is generally advised. Before the procedure, the
skin may be numbed with a topical anesthetic. Lasers are then selected
according to their ability to affect certain colors of pigment and over
a series of treatments, the tattoo begins to fade.
Neon yellow inks are
usually the most resistant. However, some faint design usually
persists, no matter what colors were used. Even so, lasers are usually
more effective and carry less risk of scarring than older techniques
like dermabrasion, in which skin is sanded away.