Scarring After Tattoo Removal

September 14, 2005
Alan B. Schliftman, MD

Three carbon dioxide laser treatments were used to remove a 35-year-old woman's tattoo.

Three carbon dioxide laser treatments were used to remove a 35-year-old woman's tattoo (A). Four months after the procedures, significant scarring was 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.

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