Having a tattoo may seem like a very good idea in the spur of the moment, but later on, down the line, 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.

Why might you need tattoo removal?

Tattoo removal allows you to remove any tattoos that you regret having or no longer wish to have on your body. Surgical excision is an effective alternative to laser removal as some tattoos are much more suited to removal using this method.

What are the benefits of tattoo removal?

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.

Some of the benefits of tattoo removal include:

  • Removing unwanted tattoos
  • Improving body confidence
  • A less painful alternative to laser removal

What does tattoo removal 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. Afterward, 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.

Complications from tattoo removal are uncommon, but can include:

  • Infection
  • Hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation (the treated skin is darker or paler than surrounding skin)
  • Allergic reactions

The McIndoe Centre was asked to appear on CH4’s Bodyshockers to highlight a complex surgical removal requiring more than one procedure. If you are considering tattoo removal, a thorough consultation is highly recommended to ensure you know exactly what is involved.

Recovery Time

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.

Treatment Cost

Treatment costs will vary according to your unique needs. The full pricing options will be discussed with you during your initial consultation. 

We’d be delighted if you wanted to arrange a consultation with us. Please call the Helpline on 0800 917 4922 for free and professional advice or submit a contact form here for more information.

To make a fully informed decision, click this link for a guide on what to consider before making a decision.


Surgical Outpatients

Treatment Cost
Surgical tattoo removal £850
Dependant on size of tattoo

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