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What is it for?

  • Tattoo removal surgery

What does it mean?

  • When laser is not effective to remove a tattoo, one of the options is to perform the excision of the skin that contains the tattoo, leaving in its place a scar, which is designed in order to minimize its size, although a large tattoo’s dimensions and/or shape will unvaryingly dictate a larger scar. In order to avoid larger sequelae, more than one surgery may be necessary. In some selected cases, dermabrasion may also be an option, especially when surgical excision would result in large surgical wounds whose closure becomes more complex; However, the results of dermabrasion are less predictable and may require several sessions

Procedure time

  • Depends on the size of the tattoo, from 30 minutes to 1h30

Type of anaesthesia

  • Usually local anaesthesia for small procedures. In multiple and large scars, general anaesthesia may be more appropriate


  • Depends on the size and shape of the tattoo


  • No hospitalization required


  • You can resume work on the following days, depending on the location of the tattoo. Some body areas may require more formal avoidance of skin stretching for some weeks to achieve good results

Most frequent problems and risks

  • The most frequently reported risks are widened scars, excessive scarring, different pigmentation of the scar and infection


  • The procedure is definitive

Tattoo Removal