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The Complete Guide to Surgical Excision Tattoo Removal

The Complete Guide to Surgical Excision Tattoo Removal

Tattoos are a permanent decision, and unfortunately many people make the wrong decision when it comes to putting something onto their skin for life.  In this case, surgical excision tattoo removal is one of the methods of removing an unwanted tattoo that are available today.  Excision tattoo removal is not for all tattoos or all candidates.  It is done by a cosmetic surgeon, and is best in certain situations, usually smaller tattoos.

Excision tattoo removal is a surgical procedure where the area of skin that includes the tattoo is removed entirely.  For this reason, it is best for smaller tattoos as larger areas of the skin would result in too much scarring.  If the tattoo is small enough, the skin can be stitched closed after the removal of the tattooed area.  If it is a larger tattoo, excision tattoo removal will also involve a skin graft that replaces the tattooed skin being removed and prevents excess scarring.

In order to determine if you are a candidate for excision tattoo removal, you should make an appointment with a cosmetic surgeon who specializes in tattoo removal.  They can go over all of the tattoo removal options that are available to you.  Getting a good look at the tattoo in question will help the surgeon to decide which of the many tattoo removal options are best for your situation.  The size, age, and color of the tattoo as well as the location will all be taken into account when you select a tattoo removal option.

Excision tattoo removal is a surgical procedure and will require some for an anesthesia in most cases.  This is either a local or a general anesthesia depending on your personal preferences and the size of the tattoo.  This, of course, is accompanied by all of the standard risks of having anesthesia, including allergic and other adverse reactions to the medication used.  You should discuss all of the risks of the anesthesia with your surgeon prior to the procedure.

There are other risks you should bear in mind when you select excision tattoo removal as your method of choice.  Of course, there is always the risk that you will not be entirely satisfied with the results.  The issues you might encounter include scarring and puckering of the skin, as well as numbness in the surgical area.  These are all risks that you should discuss with your doctor.  If you prefer all of these risks to having an unwanted tattoo on your skin any longer, then you will probably find excision tattoo removal an option well worth the risk.

Excision tattoo removal can be very expensive, and as an elective cosmetic procedure it will not be covered by your insurance company.  Depending on the size of the tattoo and the anesthesia involved, as well as the time required by the surgeon, the cost can range greatly.  Larger tattoos requiring skin grafts will cost much more to remove due to the more involved surgical procedure that is required.  Your cost will depend on your particular tattoo.

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