If you're looking to remove a tattoo that you regret having, or no longer want to live with, we can help. The McIndoe Centre offers safe, effective tattoo removal so you can enjoy a new beginning.
Whilst many will automatically presume that laser removal of tattoos is the only option, there are some tattoos that are more appropriately removed using surgical excision. Which way is the best will depend on the type of tattoo, its colour and size.
At The McIndoe Centre we have a number of plastic surgeons who will offer surgical removal, sometimes referred to as a surgical excision.
The McIndoe Centre was asked to appear on CH4’s Bodyshockers highlighting a more complex surgical removal of a tattoo that required more than one procedure. This was due to the position of the tattoo and the surgeon Tania Cubison not wishing to compromise the patient’s breast and positioning of the nipple. So if you are considering removal a thorough consultation is recommended to make sure you understand exactly what is involved.
- Quicker: for a smaller tattoo, the tattoo will be completely removed in one treatment. Note that larger ones may take a number of treatments, depending on where they are situated on the body.
- Less painful: avoiding a number of painful laser sessions.
- Better results: whereas laser removal will remove the pigment or majority of pigment (depending on colours used) but still leave the imprint of the tattoo, the surgical approach will leave a thin line, which should fade overtime and is normally deemed to be more aesthetically pleasing.
Following consultation with your surgeon you will be made comfortable in a treatment room. A local anaesthetic will be applied to the area before the tattoo is to be removed. If it is to be a staged procedure due to the size of tattoo segments of skin will be removed over a period of time. The wound will then be closed using tiny stitches which will dissolve.
•Skin coloured surgical tape is applied for minimum 2 weeks to help support the scar and scar maturation.
•The scar will need moisturising (with a bland moisturiser) and massaging to help with the final result.
•Minimal discomfort may be experienced after tattoo removal, which can be easily controlled with painkillers of your choice.
•Bathing/showering is allowed so long as care is taken not to get the dressings wet. Use a hairdryer on a cool setting to dry the dressings.
•Sun block should be worn for 18-24 months over the affected areas as it will be prone to burning.
•Where a skin has been performed may be applicable in larger tattoo removal procedures.
•This involves taking a piece of skin from an area near the tattoo (better skin tone match).
•This skin is held in place with sutures (with a pressure pad) for 7-14 days and then inspected.
•If healed the grafted area may be left exposed and moisturiser applied to help with maturation and the final result. If not healed, the graft will be redressed and left for another 5-7 days.
•The donor site usually heals in 7-14 days (like a graze).
•Minimal discomfort may be experienced which can be easily controlled with painkillers of your choice.
•Bathing/showering is allowed so long as care is taken not to get the dressings wet.
•Sun block should be worn for 18-24 months over the affected areas as they will be prone to burning.