At a Glance
Considering to remove a tattoo is quite common among people who have had tattoos whether it be because of regret or they may just have outgrown it.
Surgical tattoo removal is a quick and effective technique performed to remove tattoos using excision or skin graft.
Surgical tattoo removal is preferred over laser tattoo removal by people who wish to avoid several painful laser sessions or just want an aesthetically pleasing result.
Don’t want to undergo a surgical procedure? You may be interested in laser tattoo removal.
Benefits of Surgical Tattoo Removal
- A simple and quick method which can achieve long-lasting results.
- Cheapest technique for complete tattoo removal.
- Alternative to many painful laser sessions.
- More aesthetically pleasing result compared to laser tattoo removal.
Potential Side Effects
- A linear scar will be left but will fade away within eight months.
- Could leave a visible scar, if not taken care of
- Surgical complications like infection and swelling will be involved.
Surgical VS laser tattoo removal
Surgical Tattoo Removal
- The tattoo can be removed in one sitting or two depending on the size.
- Risk of infection of the incisions.
- Will leave a linear scar that fades away over time.
Laser Tattoo Removal
- May need 2-4 visits and sometimes even 10 for a big tattoo.
- Risk of skin burning during the removal treatment
- May leave an outline of the tattoo with scar formation
All patients should be in good health and have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with surgical tattoo removal.
We do not treat patients below the age of 18 years of age.
Healing is better if patients refrain from or quit smoking.
Ideal for those who simply do not wish to continue keeping their tattoo, and do not wish to opt for laser tattoo removal. Ideal for people who have outgrown or regret their tattoos. People may opt for it also if they are starting a new job and desire a clear appearance.
Depending on the size of the tattoo, some can be removed in just one sitting. An oval shaped cut will be made around the skin and then the edges are stitched together. The stitches will be slightly curved to allow a neat incision scar, which will fade away over time.
In cases when the tattoo covers a big area of the skin and cannot be easily removed and stitched together, a comfortable amount is cut in the first session and more is cut again after allowing the treated area to heal.
Skin grafting is also a technique involved in surgical tattoo removal where skin from another part of the body is stitched onto the area of the removed skin to fill the gap.
Expect some degree of discomfort for the first few days, and painkillers are recommended to ease it. Moisturise and apply sunblock to the scar for 18 to 24 months in order to improve the final result.
Surgical tattoo removal before and after
Am I an ideal candidate for surgical tattoo removal?Anyone wishing to get a tattoo removed quickly is considered an ideal candidate.
How is the procedure performed?The surgical tattoo removal can be performed on both small and big area either by skin excision or skin grafting. Skin excision can be done in one sitting or more depending on the size of the area to be removed. Skin with the tattoo is cut and the edges are stitched back, therefore, bigger the area the more sessions it will take to remove the tattoo completely. Skin grafting, on the other hand, is similar to fat transfer where the skin is taken from a donor area and stitched up on the gap.
How do I prepare for my surgery?Avoid taking aspirin or any blood thinners to prevent bleeding during the procedure.
How long does the procedure take?About 1-2 hours on average.
Is it going to be painful?You will be under local anaesthesia so you will be completely relaxed and comfortable throughout the whole procedure.
Will I be left with scars?The technique will involve a linear incision scar, which will fade within eight months.
What is the recovery period going to be like?Expect some degree of discomfort for the first few days, and painkillers are recommended to ease it. Moisturise and apply sunblock to the scar for 18 to 24 months in order to improve the final result.
What are the risks associated with surgical tattoo removal?- A linear scar will be left but will fade away within eight months
- Surgical complications like infection and swelling will be involved
What To Expect
Find the right time
Our friendly and knowledgeable patient coordinators will speak with you to learn about your requirements, it’s all confidential and your information will be used to assess whether a procedure is right for you. If the procedure is right for you, we’ll organise a convenient date and time for you to visit to come and visit Marianne, our patient relationship manager at our bespoke central London clinic.
3D Crisalix imaging
Marianne will take time to listen to your needs and requirements and you you will receive a complementary 3D crisalix scan to enhance your experience. Marianne will give you a rough idea of guide prices at this stage. You can then be booked in to to see a surgeon of your choice based on their individual field of expertise.
At the surgical consultation, you will meet directly with the plastic surgeon. The surgeon will thoroughly assess you to determine your suitability and advise of the best options for you. Your surgeon will then explain how the procedure will work including our innovative ClearSleep™ anaesthesia technique for those who chose to be asleep for their procedure. You will receive your personalised quote the next working day from your patient coordinator.