Tattoo Excision and Removal | Diehl Plastic Surgery | Raleigh, NC.

Surgical Excision

Many individuals use tattoos as symbolism to express themselves, emotions, personal views and philosophies or something of significant meaning. Then it’s also used as a means to fit in or a fashion statement.

While there are countless individuals all over the world still getting tattoos, there are many who want to have them permanently removed for personal justification. Some of the reasons include outgrowing the permanent body art, starting a new career, embarrassment, military enrollment and so on.

The direct surgical incision process involves removing the skin with the actual ink of the tattoo design. This is a very effective way in removing certain tattoos, depending on the size and location.

It is very efficient in eliminating smaller tattoos because the entire piece can usually be removed in just one procedure. When it comes to larger tattoos, the surgical excision has to be done in stages. Some tattoos are excessively large or located on an area that is not amenable to excision.

During the procedure, local anesthesia is injected to numb the area that will be treated. The tattoo (or part of the tattoo) will be excised with a scalpel. Once the skin is cut away, the epidermis and the dermis are also removed. The remaining edges are then brought together and sutured.

In getting rid of larger tattoos through the excision process, the center of the tattoo is usually removed first. However, the sides are then removed during later dates of the next treatment session(s) scheduled, depending on the size and location of the tattoo.

Usually, tattoo excision is preferred over other removal methods because it can result in a smaller scar, completely eliminates the permanent ink and generally involves less treatment sessions.

This option is also less painful and can end up costing less compared to the other tattoo removal alternatives.

The procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia. Pro-Nox can also be used for additional comfort. There is usually very little downtime, and a follow-up appointment is scheduled to assess wound healing and timing for a second excision if necessary.

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