Surgical Tattoo Removal: The Most Effective Option For Small Tattoo Designs

Tattoo removal

Sometimes we make mistakes.. Maybe at one point in your life it could have seemed like a great idea to get your ex-partners name tattooed on your chest.. Maybe you have a new career that doesn’t accommodate your ink, or simply have had enough of your vintage 2005 tribal tattoo, and are ready for a change. What ever your reason for wanting to wipe your ink, thankfully there are now multiple tattoo removal solutions. With this guide, we hope to help inform you on what the best course of action to take, to remove your tattoo.

What is Surgical Tattoo Removal

Surgical tattoo removal is specifically, the surgical excision of the inked skin. This procedure should only  be performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, who (ideally) has prior experience in tattoo removal. Because the tattoo ink penetrates right down to the deeper layers of the skin, known as the dermis. As a result, the section removed will more than likely be quite deep. It is also important to keep in mind that surgical tattoo removal is better suited to “smaller” tattoo designs.

What Can You Expect from the Procedure?

Don’t be fooled into thinking that surgical tattoo removal is a simple “lunch time” cosmetic procedure. Surgical tattoo removal does involve removing a portion of tattoo’ed skin. Any procedure like this does involve a certain amount of risk, so take the time to research your surgeon before committing to your consultation.

The procedure should be reasonably quick and painless. More than likely, you will be administered a “local” anaesthetic prior to the operation commencing. If you feel that local anaesthesia is not sufficient, It may be possible to opt for a “general anaesthetic”. This should be discussed at your initial consultation.

Local anaesthesia will keep you conscious and aware, but remove all sense of feeling from the treated area. Although it may sound unattractive, this is a much safer and cheaper option. General anaesthetic will require a certified anaesthetist,  which will significantly increase the price of the procedure, along with the level of risk involved.

Post surgery will obviously involve having a wound where the tattoo was, along with stitches for a couple of weeks. All relevant care instructions should be outlined clearly, during the initial consultation, but as a general rule.. Never get stitches wet (the stitches will act as a wick to moisture, leading to infection). Make sure the wound is kept clean and dry, until the stitches are removed and your doctor gives you the all clear.

Expenses Involved in Surgical Tattoo Removal

Prices for surgical tattoo removal are going to vary depending on a number of factors, including:

  • The size of your tattoo
  • The surgeon you choose
  • Your health care plan
  • Your choice of anaesthesia
  • If skin grafts will be needed

Just to name a few.

Our Advice would be to research 3 different surgeons that you feel confident in their reviews or past patients experiences, and request a consultation to see what they believe is right for you.  Once you have three opinions prices, then pick the surgeon that best suits your situation. It is worth keeping in mind that Laser tattoo removal will add up to quite a substantial amount of money after having several treatments. Surgical tattoo removal on the other hand is a once off procedure.

Does Surgical Tattoo Removal Hurt?

Surgical tattoo removal is relatively painless due to the anaesthesia administered prior to the operation.

Recovery post operation could be potentially be painful, if the wound is not treated correctly or kept clean. In comparison to laser tattoo removal, surgical removal would be considered far less painful, along with the advantage that it is a one time procedure.

Is surgical tattoo removal safe?

The procedure is considered relatively safe, under the condition that you use a good surgeon and follow all advice given in regards to keeping the treated area clean. Antibiotics may also be prescribed for the post operation recovery period. It is very important to follow the directions provided by your surgeon, and complete the entire antibiotic period prescribed.

As mentioned earlier, General aesthetic may be an option for your tattoo removal procedure. It is important to ask your doctor about the risks involved with general anaesthesia. In rare cases, patients have had adverse reactions to the aesthetic and passed away. It is possible to have a blood screening prior to the operation to check for reactions to certain drugs, which would be highly recommended if general anaesthesia is something you are considering.

If you take all the precautions available, then tattoo removal would be considered relatively safe.

Is Surgical Tattoo Removal Effective?

Because surgical tattoo removal is effectively removing the skin that has been inked. It would be considered the most effective form of tattoo removal. However, there is a chance of scaring post operation. The level of scaring will depend on your skin and how prone it is to scar tissue formation, along with the quality of the operation. It is safe to say, most skilled plastic surgeons can produce a result that would be very hard to distinguish without close and informed inspection (meaning that the person would know what they are looking for).Larger tattoo’s a skin graft will be required to reduce “warping” due to such a large patch of skin being removed.

For best results, it is important to ask your surgeon what is right for you.