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Lauren
3 years ago
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Tattoo removal

Hi there. I was told that it is possible for a plastic surgeon to remove a tattoo. I just scheduled my 14th session for my finger. I have had a couple tattoo removals before and surprisingly, this one out of all of them, has been giving me the most trouble. It is on my finger and I am wondering how much something like that would cost to remove? It is about 1 inch both ways

Procedure: Tattoo Removal
Location: Colorado Springs, CO

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Michael Law
ASPS Surgeon
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It should not take that many sessions to remove a tattoo. Not all lasers remove all colors. Green and yellow are typically the colors that are most resistant, but a PicoWay laser can remove all colors. A consultation for laser hair removal is complimentary. The price would generally start at about $100 per session. A average of six sessions are needed. But the price can be shared during a consultation.

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Shashidhar Kusuma
ASPS Surgeon

A 1x1 inch tattoo on a finger is a large tattoo. Doing a surgical removal while possible, may not be the best strategy. As Dr. Law indicated above, perhaps the type of tattoo removal laser being used is not ideal. I would encourage similarly to identify the right type of laser. Pico lasers are usually best and black ink is fairly common and very treatable.

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Jon Ver Halen
ASPS Surgeon

Dear Lauren,

Hello and thank you for your excellent question. As outlined in your previous question, I strongly recommend that you pursue laser removal before going down the road with surgery to remove the tattoo. It is best to answer your question during a face-to-face evaluation, when you can discuss your goals and expectations for the procedure, and you can have a physical examination to evaluate for that procedure. I recommend that you find a board-certified, or board-eligible plastic surgeon with whom you are comfortable. Be sure to have all of your questions answered during a face-to-face meeting with your surgeon, and review before and after pictures of similar patients whom have had this procedure. If you have any questions, call our office for assistance. Good luck!

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