Tattoos are a very old form of body decoration practiced in many cultures over many centuries. Their popularity and acceptability these days vary 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
There are a number of approaches for surgically 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 form of surgery once he has examined you.
As not all tattoos respond to laser treatment here at the Aesthetic Institute we offer surgical excision of tattoos which involves removing the tattooed skin and suturing the edges together. Although this method can result in scarring, for most patients this is a preferable method of removal. 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 which is a relatively quick procedure, is usually carried out as a day case procedure under local anesthetic in a side room theatre. For larger tattoos and those require a skin graft, the surgery is performed in the main theatre and will normally require a general anesthetic, depending on the extent of the surgery needed. Following this surgery you will be closely monitored by nursing staff at the hospital while you begin your recovery and the effects of the anesthetic wear off.
On discharge from the hospital you will have been given an appointment for your first post-operative visit to your consultant again at the Aesthetic Institute, however patients are welcome to contact us before then if they have any questions or concerns.
Following surgery there may be a little swelling and discomfort but most patients report little pain. Stitches are usually removed at the Aesthetic Institute after between five to seven 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.