If you are in a real hurry to get rid of the tattoo, you might be interested in learning about excision tattoo removal because this is the fastest of any of the tattoo removal methods. It may be the fastest method but this method of tattoo removal is not going to come cheap because you have to go into a doctor to have it done and these days there’s nothing cheap about going to the doctor.
Now let’s take a minute and discuss the process of excision tattoo removal. If you choose excision tattoo removal basically what happens is a doctor uses medical device that will cut the skin and heat cauterize the incision to cut the top two layers of skin that contain the tattoo ink away from your body. He then pulls the edges of the remaining skin together and sutures them together. Sounds pretty simple doesn’t it? Fortunately, it is a very simple procedure for the doctor to perform. There are some things you should know about tattoo excision if you think that this is an option that you would like to choose.
If you decide that you would like to go the route of surgical excision for your tattoo removal needs, you will first make an appointment with the doctor for an initial consultation. The doctor will then look at that at your tattoo and develop a game plan about how he will be able to precede. Small tattoos can often be removed through surgical excision in one sitting but larger tattoos may require two or more to fully remove.
If you have a large tattoo that you would like to have removed by a tattoo excision, the Doctor will likely remove the center part of the tattoo first and then stretch that skin together and suture it closed. When that has completely healed, he will be able to go in and remove the outer portion of the tattoo and then stretch that skin together and suture it closed as well. In some cases, the doctor may choose to perform a skin graft when removing a large tattoo. This basically means that if the doctor will cut away the existing tattoo and then remove an area of skin from a donor be part of your body to replace the skin that was removed during the excision tattoo procedure. As I mentioned before, the doctor will discuss the exact plan of action that he thinks would be best for your particular tattoo during your initial consultation.
Most doctors will not know exactly how much the procedure will cost before hand or if they do, they usually won’t voluntarily disclose this to you. It’s very important that you discuss this with the doctor or the doctors staff to find out exactly how much it will cost before you end up getting a bill that is way too expensive for you to pay. It’s likely that this is inline with the cost of laser hair removal.
What do you need to do on the day of the procedure:
If you are squeamish and the site of blood or the thought of a doctor cutting into your skin makes you nervous, you may not want to either eat or drink anything prior to the procedure. The only reason I mention this is that I work in a hospital and I often see people vomit at the site if these types of things. Having an empty stomach may make the procedure go easier on you if this type of thing is likely to give you an upset stomach.
When it is time for your appointment, there’s no need to make any special preparations because this is an outpatient surgery and can be done in as little as an hour. With normal surgery, you can’t eat or drink anything after midnight of the day before the surgery but this is not that kind of surgery. On the day of your appointment for surgical tattoo excision, you will arrive at the doctors office and when it is your turn, he will prepare the area for tattoo excision by thoroughly cleaning it with an anti bacterial soap. The doctor will then numb the area to be treated with an injection that contains a local anesthetic. A local anesthetic is simply an anesthetic that is designed to only numb a small portion of your body. In this case the doctor will only numb the area that he will be working on.
You should understand that although the doctor will use a local anesthetic to numb the area that he will be cutting on, you will still likely have some sensation in the area. You should not feel any pain but you may feel some tugging and pulling sensations. If you do experience any of these sensations, there’s no reason to panic, it doesn’t mean that the anesthetic is wearing off too soon. It is completely normal to feel the sensations during the procedure. You will be fully awake and aware of everything that the doctor is doing during the procedure. If you happen to be the squeamish type, you probably won’t to watch because when the doctor removes the skin, you will see some blood and some exposed tissue.
When the area is thoroughly numb so that you will not feel any pain during the procedure, the doctor will make an incision around the perimeter of the tattoo with a special medical device. He will then carefully remove the top two layers of skin which are called the epidermis the dermi. The epidermis is the top layer of skin that protects the lower layer of skin called the dermis. The dermis is the layer of skin that the tattoo artist would have initially deposited the tattoo ink in when you first got the tattoo. The removal of these two top layers of skin is often referred to as “full thickness removal”.
The doctor will then carefully stretch the skin together and suture the two edges of the together. The quality of work performed and the expertise level of the doctor durring this step will determine whether or not you’re going to have a scar or how big the scar is going to be. Plastic surgeons are typically much better at performing sutures that do not leave scars. If you go into a standard general practitioner doctor for this procedure, it’s possible that his skill level would not be as high as a plastic surgeon and you may end up with a more pronounced scar.
Scarring can be reduced by proper post treatment care and the application of special creams to help the wounds heal properly and reduced scarring. These creams should not, however be used without the permission of your doctor. Your doctor may want you to wait for a specific amount of time before he is comfortable with you applying anything to the healing wound to prevent any possibility of infection.
Now that you know how tattoo excision works, let’s have a look at the advantages of this method.
The actual procedure is completely painless because the area will be numbed with a local anesthetic.
Because this is an outpatient procedure, you won’t have to pay for an expensive hospital visit.
As I mentioned before, excision tattoo removal may be the fastest of any of the tattoo removal methods because small tattoos can usually be removed in one appointment. In many cases, you will go into the doctor with a tattoo and leave without one. If your tattoo is small, they will likely be able to remove the tattoo in one sitting so your results will be instantaneous.
Depending on the skill level of the particular doctor who is performing the procedure, it’s possible that there may be no scarring at all.
The success rate for this method of tattoo removal is near 100% because the tattooed skin is actually physically removed. In some cases, other tattoo options may have difficulty removing tattoo ink that was deposited unusually deep during the application of the tattoo. This is not a problem with excision tattoo removal because the doctor will be removing the full thickness of the skin.
Tattoo excision can be performed on people with skin of any color. Some tattoo removal methods may result in a hypo pigmentation or hyper pigmentation at the treatment site which is basically defined as the lightning or darkening of the skin.
Now let’s take a minute and look it some of the disadvantages of surgical excision for tattoo removal.
If you have an issue with needles, it may be quite difficult for you to endure been injected with a local anesthetic. If you have an issue with needles, I guess you probably wouldn’t have a tattoo in the first place though.
This procedure is likely to be quite expensive since it is actually a surgical procedure that must be performed by a licensed medical doctor. You should never have excision tattoo removal performed by anyone but a licensed medical doctor under any circumstances.
If the treatment site is not kept clean and cared for properly after the procedure, it is possible for the patient to develop an infection.
While you will not feel any pain during the procedure, it is possible that you might have some post treatment pain while the wound is healing.
It is also possible that you might experience some post treatment bruising at the treatment site but this will go away as the treated area begins to heal. If the skill level of the doctor who is performing this procedure is not up to par, it is possible that you may end up with a scar where the skin was stretched together and sutured closed. The size of the scar and thickness of the scar is really dependent upon your original tattoo and the expertise of the doctor who is performing the procedure. As I mentioned before, plastic surgeons are usually very good at suturing wounds closed and minimizing scarring. Depending upon your tolerance level for scars, this may not be an issue for you. It may be also less of an issue if the scar will be on your arm than if it will be on your face. If you are having excision tattoo removal performed on your face or in a very visible area, having the procedure performed by a licensed plastic surgeon may be your best option. This will however probably mean that you will have to pay more for the procedure because a plastic surgeon is a medical specialist who will likely charge more for his services.
You will have to be careful about what physical activities you undergo after the treatment to avoid tearing the sutures open and developing an even worse scar or a possible infection.
I hope this article has thoroughly explained the process of surgical tattoo excision for you. The reality is that very few people will be able to afford this option of tattoo removal and most people will be more interested in other less expensive alternatives for tattoo removal such as tattoo removal cream or TCA tattoo removal.
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