Tattoo Excision And Grafting

Tattoo Excision And Grafting

Description And Symptoms
Effects/ Causes

There are many procedures that remove unwanted tattoo. One of them is to remove it surgically. This involves cutting out the skin that has the tattoo. The edges are brought together and closed with stitches. But it best used for small tattoos and might leave a scar.

For larger tattoo after the skin is cut, new skin is grafted from other areas of the body mostly thighs and underarms. If the tattoos are particularly large, several procedures are done and carried out over a period of time.

Your surgeons will advice you on the post operative care.

Tattoo Excision:

  • Description: This method involves surgically cutting out the tattooed skin. The edges are then stitched together to close the wound.
  • Best for: Small tattoos, as larger ones can result in significant scarring and require skin grafting.

Skin Grafting:

  • Description: For larger tattoos, after excision, new skin is grafted from another area of the body, typically the thighs or underarms. The grafted skin covers the excised area.

  • Best for: Large tattoos where excision alone would leave extensive scarring.

  • Scarring: Both excision and grafting involve breaking the skin, and some degree of scarring is inevitable.
  • Pain: The procedures themselves can be painful, and there might be discomfort during recovery.
  • Cost: Tattoo removal surgeries can be expensive, depending on the size and complexity of the tattoo.
  • Time commitment: The procedures may require multiple sessions spread over several weeks or months.

What is a tattoo excision?

A tattoo is physically removed from the skin during a surgical process, after which the surrounding skin is stitched back together.

Why choose tattoo excision?

It is highly efficient for small tattoos and provides better accuracy.

How is the removal of a tattoo done?

Using a knife or other similar cutting instrument, the surgeon removes the tattooed skin and then sews the remaining skin back together. With this method, the surgeon can precisely remove the inked areas, and it is highly effective for small tattoos.

Is a tattoo excision painful?

Since local anaesthesia is used during the treatment, the patient shouldn't experience any pain. It is possible to feel some discomfort while recovering.

How much time does it take to remove a tattoo?

The size and complexity of the tattoo that needs to be removed will determine the duration of the procedure, although it usually takes one to several hours.

What is the recovery time after a tattoo excision?

Patients may experience some swelling and discomfort for a few days to weeks, although recovery times vary. It can take many weeks for a full recovery.

Will the tattoo excision leave scars?

Yes, tattoo removal with excision will inevitably leave scars. However, the surgeon will discuss and recommend scar management methods to reduce scarring.

Can a tattoo be removed entirely?

Many tattoos can be removed, but how well the process goes depends on several variables, including the patient's skin type, the size, and the location of the tattoo. To know more about excision for your tattoo, get a consultation from our experienced doctors at Sakhiya Skin Clinic.

Does tattoo removal take several sessions?

A single excision session is usually adequate. On the other hand, some complicated cases could call for more sessions or aftercare.

What is the result of tattoo removal in the long run?

Proper aftercare and individual healing are two important variables that determine the long-term result. Although scarring is unavoidable, with the right care, it may fade and become less noticeable over time.


*Result may vary person to person.