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Surgical Tattoo Removal

Orlando, FL Area

No one knows when the practice of tattooing the skin actually began. In fact, there is evidence suggesting that tattoos date back to Neolithic times, from the 4th millennium BC. Since their introduction, tattoos have become immensely popular, eventually becoming part of the American mainstream culture.

Unfortunately, there can be some negative attention from tattoos. They may limit your clothing options in professional and personal environments or send an unintended message to family, friends, or work colleagues. In fact, more and more employers are finding problems with visible tattoos in the corporate environment. Some find visible body art simply unacceptable.

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When It’s Time for Tattoo Removal

Some individuals embrace their tattoos for their entire lives. However, some find that their tattoos have simply lost their appeal over time. The permanent nature of a tattoo creates problems when people find that they just don’t want their tattoo anymore.

A tattoo performed by a more experienced tattoo artist may be easier to remove since the pigment is evenly injected in the same level of the skin. Conversely, “homemade” tattoos that may be unevenly distributed into the skin tissue may be more difficult for a cosmetic surgeon to successfully remove. In some cases, complete removal of the tattoo may not be possible.

Surgical Tattoo Removal Procedure

A surgical tattoo removal is often chosen in place of non-surgical tattoo removal when patients need faster results. Surgical tattoo removal involves the manual cutting of the patient’s skin, as opposed to laser or abrasion techniques that do not require incisions and take several sessions to perform. In surgical removal, Dr. Kaplan will use a scalpel to remove the tattooed skin from the patient’s body. After the tattoo has been physically removed, the skin area is closed with stitches and guided to heal as quickly as possible with minimal scarring.

This procedure is ideal for smaller tattoos, as removing larger tattoos may increase the risk of complications. Furthermore, surgical removal of larger tattoos may require a skin graft procedure to compensate for the larger amount of skin that was removed. A skin graft involves using skin from another part of the body.

Call for a Tattoo Removal Consultation

Dr. Kaplan has years of experience with surgical tattoo removal and non-surgical tattoo removal. Call our office today to schedule a free consultation to discuss removing your tattoo and whether surgery is the best option for you. Dr. Kaplan will need to review the details of your tattoo, as well as examine the area to determine the best method for tattoo removal. He will also discuss any considerations that should be made prior to the procedure.

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