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28 Apr 2003

Tattoo Removal
Please can you tell me how long it would take to get a tattoo the size of a R5 coin removed. The colours are red, orange, yellow and black and it is on the front of my shoulder. What are the options for tatoo removal? Will there still be a scar, and how bad will it be?
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01 Jan 0001

In South Africa, according to my knowledge, there is no longer any laser removal of tattoos. Surgical removal is possible, and for a tattoo of that size it would probably require about 3 surgical sessions, at least one month apart. You will be swapping your tattoo for a scar, and unfortunately shoulder areas tend to scar the worst. Dermabrasion is a possibility, but this option depends on how deep the tattoo is, and might only lighten the tattoo, rather than remove it.
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