Having a tattoo may seem like a very good idea in the spur of the moment, but later on you may find yourself regretting your decision. We offer safe and effective tattoo removal via the method of surgical excision – allowing you to enjoy a brand new beginning.
What Does This Surgery Involve?
We offer tattoo removal using surgical excision. During the procedure, a local anaesthetic will be applied to the area before the tattoo is surgically removed. Afterwards, the wound will be closed using dissolvable stitches. If the tattoo requiring removal is particularly large, a staged procedure may be required where different segments of skin will be removed separately over a period of time. Compared to laser removal which still leaves the imprint of the tattoo, surgical excision will only leave a thin line, which should fade over time.
What Are The Benefits Of This Surgery?
Living with tattoos you no longer want can cause serious problems with self-esteem and body confidence. Removal can help you to regain your confidence and feel comfortable in your own skin.
Recovery After Surgery
After removal, the affected skin is held in place with sutures and a pressure pad or skin coloured surgical tape for 7-14 days to support the scar and promote scar maturation. It will then be inspected, and if healed, left exposed to help it mature further. If it hasn’t healed, the graft will be redressed and left for an additional 5-7 days.
You will need to massage and moisturise the scar to help with the final result, and painkillers can be taken if you experience any discomfort. Bathing is allowed so long as the dressings are kept dry. Sun protection should be worn on the affected area for 18-24 months to avoid burning sensitive scar tissue.
For more information, we would be delighted if you wanted to arrange a consultation with us. You can call the Private Patient Advisory Team on 01342 488054 for free and professional advice.
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If you are thinking about having cosmetic surgery, here are some important questions that you should ask yourself to help you make the decision that is right for you.
- What do I want to change and why do I want to have surgery?
- Have I considered all the options?
- Can surgery give me the results I want?
- Am I expecting the surgery to change my life as well as my appearance?
- Is now the right time?
Having surgery is a big decision
Planning your long-term goals with your consultant, and researching the procedure, will reinforce whether surgery is the right option for you.Surgery is not without risk so you should be sure in your reasons for wanting to go ahead. It is important that your expectations are realistic and that the advantages to you always outweigh the risk of surgery.
Take this checklist to your consultation with the surgeon performing the procedure. Discuss each topic with your surgeon to help you make the decision that is right for you before having surgery.
Having surgery is a big decision
Think carefully before having cosmetic surgery
Never feel rushed or pressured into giving your consent. Be wary of surgeons or staff who try to convince you to go ahead. Take plenty of time to make your decision.
We strongly advise you take at least two weeks after your consultation with the surgeon performing the procedure to think things through before surgery.