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Tattoo Removal at Drexel Dermatology

Woman with Tattoo

Drexel Dermatology provides laser technology for tattoo removal as an effective method for getting rid of unwanted tattoos.

About the Procedure

Tattoo removal is provided in Drexel Dermatology's Center City Philadelphia office. During tattoo removal a Q-switched laser generates extremely short pulses of bright light that precisely and rapidly heat and break up tattoo particles. These particles are then gradually removed from the area by the body's scavenger cells.

This process must be repeated several times to fully remove the tattoo. "Homemade" blue/black tattoos require the smallest number of treatments for maximal fading, while multicolored, professional tattoos require many more treatments. Tattoos with multiple colors may need more than one laser for effective fading. Some colors, especially very vivid colors, do not fade at all. Black cosmetic facial tattoos can be faded with very few treatments. Traumatic tattoos or natural tattoos that are the result of an injury also respond readily to laser treatment.

The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.

The images being used are for illustrative purposes only; any person depicted is a model.

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