What to Expect at Tattoo Removal

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For one reason or another, people often decide to have a tattoo removed. Maybe it represents an old love that is no longer a part of that person’s life or maybe they just don’t want that specific tattoo on their body anymore. Whatever the reason, it often becomes a consideration that should not be pursued without serious thought.

If you are considering removing a tattoo, the first thing to do is make an appointment with a local doctor or dermatologist to discuss your wishes. This professional will examine the tattoo and its condition and then determine which method is best for complete removal. It is important to note that tattoo removal involves surgery which, in itself, carries risks and potential side effects. Even the simplest surgery can lead to complications, so be sure to consider tattoo removal very carefully. This is why it is so important to make sure you really want a tattoo before getting it.

In most cases, your doctor or dermatologist will be able to give you a step-by-step explanation of how the procedure will be done, how long it will take, and what recovery process you can expect. It is understandable that the surgery site will be tender for some time and will likely cause some form of scarring. However, over time, the discomfort will lessen until scarring is minimally visible. The final answer regarding the level of scarring will depend on the size of the tattoo. A larger image will result in a larger scar than, for example, a small butterfly tattoo.

Once the decision to remove the tattoo has been made, an appointment will be made for the procedure. This may or may not be an outpatient surgery, which will be determined by any complications arising during the procedure, the general health of the patient, and / or the likelihood of an allergic reaction to any medications administered. Patients are often held overnight for observation before being sent home. It is important for patients to discuss with their surgeon the possible risks associated with the procedure.

The cost of removing a tattoo can be quite high, especially if the tattoo is large. Most health insurance companies will not cover these costs unless the tattoo must be removed for medical or health reasons. Otherwise, full financial responsibility will be assigned to the patient, who must then find a way to pay for the surgery. Many hospitals offer a payment plan for those who cannot pay the full cost up front. Arrangements for any type of payment plan must be made prior to surgery and must be approved through the hospital’s billing department.

This article should be used for informational purposes only. The information contained herein is not intended to be used in lieu of, or in conjunction with, professional medical advice or recommendations for tattoo placement. Before deciding to get a tattoo or to remove one, the patient should consult a licensed physician for medical advice and / or determine the best course of action for their individual health care needs.

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