TATTOO REMOVAL (NON-LASER)

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INTRODUCTION

While laser technology has developed and advanced, laser tattoo removal may not be a suitable option due to cost, availability of the nature of the tattoo. Surgery may be an alternative. This may involve a simple excision or it may require a skin graft. Your surgeon will discuss the techniques and approach at your consultation.

TATTOO REMOVAL PROCEDURE

Operation time 0.5 - 1 hrs
Anaesthesia local
Nights in hospital day case
Risks - common bruising, swelling, redness
Risks - uncommon infection, excessive scarring, asymmetry, bleeding, delayed wound healing, residual tattoo pigment
Pain and discomfort 1 - 3 days
Follow-up after surgery 1 week
Time off work 0
Sports 2 weeks - walking 4 weeks - everything
Result 12 weeks until final result

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FEES

Small (less than 2 cm) - £600

Medium (2 to 4 cm) - £800

Large (more than 4 cm) - from £1000

SKIN LESION SURGERY INFORMED CONSENT FORM

EXCISION OF LESIONS CORRECTION

POST-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS

Instructions on discharge

  • The local anaesthetic will wear off approximately 1 hour after the procedure.
  • Paracetamol can be taken once the local anaesthetic has worn off.
  • If the surgery was to the head, sleep with the head slightly elevated on a few pillows for the first week and avoid bending with the head down.

Dressing clinic

  • No restrictions but avoid strenuous activities for the first week.

Activities

  • No restrictions but avoid strenuous activities for the first week.

Wound care

  • The wound can be very gently washed and then pat dry.

IF YOU EXPERIENCE ANY PROBLEMS OR HAVE ANY QUERIES FOLLOWING YOUR SURGERY PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT THE WARD.