Tattoos are a very old form of body decoration practiced in many cultures over many centuries. Their popularity and acceptability these days varies according to fashion. Many people are very proud of beautiful tattoos and happily show them off. However, for some people, for a variety of reasons, their tattoos are no longer a source of pride and they wish to have them removed.
Methods of Tattoo Removal
Tattoos are created when There are a number of approaches for removing tattoos, and the most appropriate for your case will depend on the number and extent of the tattoos, the depth and pigmentation used in the ink, as well as the age of the tattoo. Any skin conditions will also need to be taken into account. The surgeon will discuss the options open to you at your consultation and will recommend the best treatment once he has examined you.
Many patients opt for laser treatment to remove tattoos. Laser aims to break down the pigmentation of the tattoo so that the body can naturally get rid of it. This treatment may require several sessions over a number of weeks or months and in some cases will leave a mild scar. The type of laser will depend on the characteristics of the tattoo as mentioned above.
Not all tattoos respond to laser treatment. Surgical excision of smaller sized tattoos involves removing the tattooed skin and suturing the edges together. It can result in some scarring though for most patients this is preferable to the original tattoo. For larger tattoos, where it isn’t possible to draw together the edges of the removed skin, a skin graft may be required.
Excision of smaller tattoos is usually done as a day case under local anaesthetic in the theatre side room, and is a relatively quick procedure. For larger tattoos and those require a skin graft, the procedure is performed in main theatre and may require general anaesthetic, depending on the extent of the surgery. Following this surgery you will be closely monitored while you begin your recovery and the effects of the anaesthetic wear off.
On discharge you will have been given an appointment for your first post-operative visit to The Aesthetic Institute, but patients are welcome to contact us before that if they have any concerns.
There may be a little swelling and discomfort but most patients report little pain. Stitches are usually removed at The Aesthetic Institute after a week to ten days.
If you have any questions about tattoo removal which are not addressed here, or if you would like to book a consultation with the Consultant Plastic Surgeon to discuss tattoo removal, please call 01 491 5738, email firstname.lastname@example.org or complete our Enquiry Form.