Case 2: Scarring After Tattoo Removal

December 1, 2002
Alan B. Schliftman, MD
Alan B. Schliftman, MD

Three carbon dioxide laser treatments were used to remove a 35-year-oldwoman’s tattoo (A). Four months after the procedures, significant scarringwas noted at the site (B).

Three carbon dioxide laser treatments were used to remove a 35-year-oldwoman's tattoo (A). Four months after the procedures, significant scarringwas noted at the site (B).To reduce scarring, intralesional corticosteroids can be given. Newer,less invasive techniques, such as Nd:YAG laser or alexandrite laser therapy,are less likely to cause scarring.