We recently posted about dermatologist Dr. Sapra’s editors’ position at the Chronicle of Cosmetic Medicine and Surgery. Well it seems as though Dr. Sapra is stretching those literary muscles even further this month with a feature about tattoo removal in the October issue of SpaLife magazine. Luckily he hasn’t gone all Miranda Priestly on us (The Devil Wears Prada, anyone…anyone?) and we have the full interview for you here:
Q: Tattooing is very popular these days and many people have tattoos that they don’t like anymore or the tattoos have not ‘aged’ well. What is the best way to have them removed?
Dr. Sapra: With tattooing being as popular as it is today, it is no surprise that there are a large majority of people who eventually decide to have one or multiple tattoos removed. The best way to have them removed is with laser. The most current laser technology is the Q-switch Yag, which can take anywhere from approximately 10-15 treatments. However, the newest tattoo removal laser technology is the Pico laser. This technology is not available yet, but we have high hopes that it will significantly reduce the number of treatments.
Q: Are there any side effects or risks involved in having tattoos removed?
Dr Sapra: As with any type of laser treatment, there are always risks involved. The most common risk is incomplete removal of the tattoo, which can happen in approximately 20% of patients. Secondly, there is always the risk of infection, scarring and pigmentation change. For these reasons, it is extremely important to visit with a board certified physician who will be able to monitor your treatments, and therefore reduce the risks associated with tattoo removal.”