Tattoo Removal

Tattoo Removal Specialist
Almost 30% of Americans have at least one tattoo; however, as many as 25% of people with a tattoo regret getting it. Board certified by the American Board of Dermatology, Dr. Robert S. Berger at Charles County Dermatology Associates served as the only active duty Air Force dermatologist located along the Eastern seaboard during Operation Desert Storm. Dr. Berger helps men, women, and adolescents in White Plains, Maryland, and nearby communities successfully remove unwanted tattoos. If you want to get rid of one or more tattoos, call or set up an online appointment with Dr. Berger soon.

Tattoo Removal Q & A

Charles County Dermatology Associates

What is tattoo removal?

Tattoo removal is a procedure performed to remove an unwanted tattoo. You should never attempt to remove a tattoo on your own. Dr. Berger can safely and effectively remove your undesired tattoo. Common methods to eradicate tattoos include:

  • Laser surgery
  • Surgical removal
  • Dermabrasion

How is laser tattoo removal performed?

Lasers break up the pigment colors of tattoos with a high-intensity light beam. Because black tattoo pigment absorbs all types of laser wavelengths, this hue is the easiest color to treat. Selected lasers are used to target other tattoo colors. Dr. Berger will base the number of laser tattoo-removal treatments you need on the age, color or colors, and size of your tattoo. The depth of the tattoo pigment and the color of your skin might also affect how many treatments you’ll require.

Small tattoos will require fewer treatments, while larger ones will need more. Regardless of the size of your tattoo, you’ll likely need to receive several sessions. After each treatment, your tattoo should appear increasingly lighter. During your procedure, you’ll likely receive a pair of protective eyeshields. An injection of a local anesthetic will numb the skin encompassing and surrounding your tattoo. Dr. Berger will test your skin’s reaction to the laser to decide the most effective energy for treatment. He will then use the laser to cast pulsations of intense light through the top layers of your skin. Only your tattoo’s pigment will absorb this light. Laser tattoo removal works best on large tattoos.

How is surgical tattoo removal accomplished?

During surgical tattoo removal, an injection of a local anesthetic numbs your skin. Your tattoo is removed with a scalpel. The edges of your skin are then sewn back together. You might receive an antibacterial ointment to promote your healing process. Surgical tattoo removal works best on small tattoos.

How is dermabrasion tattoo removal completed?

Dermabrasion involves rubbing away a layer of your skin to remove a tattoo. During this procedure, a patient’s tattooed area is usually chilled until it becomes numb. Then, a high-speed rotary tool consisting of an abrasive wheel or a brush scales down your tattooed skin to deeper levels. The process causes the tattoo ink to leach out of your skin.

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