Tattoo Removal

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 Helpline on 01342 488054 for free and professional advice.

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This article was written by The McIndoe Centre, in collaboration with Paul Banwell BSc MB BS FRCS (Eng) FRCS (Plast) Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. All information, advice and procedures were updated on 17th September 2019.

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