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What should I consider before having my tattoo removed?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
If you're considering having a tattoo removed, consult with a dermatologist who performs this procedure. Ask what method he or she would recommend to remove your tattoo. There are several options, including lasers, dermabrasion, and surgery. The option that's best for you depends on the type of tattoo you have, your skin, and your personal preferences. Other questions you may want to discuss with a dermatologist before having a tattoo removed include:

- Will this procedure remove my tattoo entirely?
- Will removing my tattoo leave a scar?
- How many treatments will it take to remove my tattoo?

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