Tattooing is one of the most common procedure youth seeking today. Designer and colourful tattooing act as a symbol of modernization, sometimes people want to get rid of tattoo due to job profile, social and personal reason. Tattoo are thousands particle of ink which embedded in the skin. These particles are so large that our body immune system unable to remove them so they reside there permanently. Multiple methods are available to remove tattoo based on expertise, cost and patient preference which include surgical and nonsurgical method.
Non-surgical method – useful for large tattoo
- Chemical peeling
Non-surgical method require multiple session based on design and colours of tattoo. The disadvantage of nonsurgical method include cost, multiple session, incomplete removal and unwanted scarring.
Surgical excision – surgical excision is one of the most commonly performed procedures for tattoo removal. Most tattoos require single sitting for removal but sometimes 2 or 3 sittings required for large tattoo removal. Surgical excision not only removes the tattoo completely but also avoid unfavourable scarring and give acceptable scar. Multiple techniques available for surgical excision of tattoo includes serial excision, Z plasty, W plasty etc.
KEY POINT –
Anaesthesia – Local with sedation
Incision – depend on the location of the tattoo
Duration of surgery – 30 to 90 minutes
Discharge from Clinic – same day
Stitches – on 5th to 7th day
Scar – Acceptable
Return to work – Next day
Aftercare – Strapping and sun protection
Complication – Minimal such as infection, scarring, wound dehiscence, bleeding