Can a tattoo be surgically removed?

A tattoo may be permanently removed from an individual through a procedure called “electroporation” or “electroporation with a laser” (ETHL). The procedure to remove the tattoo is called a “prosthesis”. To electroporate a tattoo with a laser (ETHL) the tattoo is first placed onto a small catheter (a tube) of the same size and shape as a body surface, the epidermis (skin of the body). The tattoo is then wrapped from the back of the catheter all the way to the top of the epidermis. A small area of the tattoo may be left on the back of the epidermis, which will gradually come back later if the tattoo becomes too old or infected to continue. Electroporation may also be used to remove older tattoos that are not able to be removed through either of the other two methods.

Do I need my own laser or ETHL for this procedure?

Electroporation using a laser or ETHL can be done at home or at a tattoo removal clinic. The procedure to remove the tattoo is usually performed at home or at a clinic. The person who performs the surgery may use either a permanent or temporary laser (ETHL) to treat both the tattoo and the tattoo treatment site. The laser or ETHL you choose can be customized by the surgeon to give the right tattoo removal procedure using the right laser.

Is tattoo removal safe?

Tattoo removal is generally not recommended unless patients consent. Doctors will often ask family members or friends to be aware during these procedures.

Who is at risk for complications during tattoo removal?

If an individual is having a tattoo or is having a tattoo with complications, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Patients should also talk to their physician about:

their overall health

whether an adverse drug reaction or medical problem is occurring

the potential for permanent tattoos or permanent problems with tattoos

how they feel about tattoo removal

What happens if they get an adverse reaction to anesthesia or anesthesia medications?

For example, a patient with an allergy to tattoo drugs to remove a tattoo may experience a skin rash, allergic reaction or an allergic reaction if certain medications are used or if they receive oral corticosteroids (analgesics with steroids in them to slow down swelling or relieve pain).

How do you know if tattoo removal was the right treatment for me?

Some individual tattoos are too small or