If you have paid attention to the growing industry of tattoo removal, you have probably noticed that more plastic surgeons are starting to offer this procedure. While it is not considered a “surgery” by any means as it is done using lasers, many have recommended using a board certified surgeon for the procedure over visiting a “verified” clinic. It’s not that other clinics with certified technicians will do a bad job, but it’s as the old cliché goes, you get what you pay for. When you’re dealing with something that may affect your health, it’s always in your best interest to pay a little bit more to make sure you have the best care and staff around. There are far too many horror stories of people trying to take save money only to end up spending double trying to fix what was done wrong the first time around.
There are many pros and cons to visiting a plastic surgeon to get your tattoo removed. First, you’re going to get a better result. Why? Because cosmetic surgeons have spent their entire lives making other people look better. Day in and day out, they are always working to enhance someone’s beauty. Simply put, they are experts at this. Thus, they know what to do to give you the best results. Whether it may allow you to walk away with minimal scarring or paying extra attention to detail throughout the process, you end up getting results that you are satisfied with. At the end of the day, that’s what matters most, that you’re happy with what you have paid for.
Putting results aside, it’s also important to keep in mind the level of care you will receive. Plastic surgeons are always held to a high standard. Thus, their staff goes the extra mile to make sure you are comfortable and pain-free. Obviously, the downside of all of this is you will most likely pay more since it’s not just a general clinic. However, I can guarantee you it will be worth every penny. I have seen some of the before and after images of those who did not go to a board certified surgeon, and let me tell you, it was not pretty!
I had the chance to speak to Dr. Chris Khorsandi, who is a world renown surgeon. He is known for the tremendous work he does on more complicated procedures. He has most recently expanded his practice to provide tattoo removal in Las Vegas. He noticed that there were no surgeons in the area to offer this, and slowly, people are turning to his clinic to make sure they get taken care of properly. If you search in your area, you probably will notice that more plastic surgeons are adding tattoo removal to the list of procedures they offer. So, the question remains, is removing a tattoo considered plastic surgery?
In my opinion, no. The procedure is not surgery in itself. It doesn’t require any sedation, and in most cases aspirin will be more than enough to withstand any pain you may endure. In fact, removing a tattoo is less painful than getting a tattoo.
So while this procedure is not considered cosmetic surgery, I would still highly recommend using a surgeon to take care of it for you. The attention to detail and experience in the field is going to pay off for visiting a clinic with a technician that just graduated from high school. Be smart. I encourage you to do your research and make the right choice. After all, it’s your body, treat it right.