The type of pigments in a tattoo, the presence of scars, tattoo location, patient health and whether the tattoo was done by an amateur or a professional all play a role in determining the tools and time needed to remove a tattoo, according to a report published in Skin Therapy Letter. Doctors should thoroughly educate patients about the cost, duration and expected outcome of treatment, according to dermatologic surgeons Jeremy Green and Andrei Metelitsa.

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