I recently wrote a blog on the benefits and challenges of excision (surgical removal) of a tattoo. While this method will always leave a scar, it does have the benefit of being final and immediate. Many times a plastic surgeon will have no difficulty removing a small tattoo by simply cutting around it and bringing the margins of skin back together with sutures. If the site has enough loose skin, the stress on the scar during the healing process will be minimal. Hopefully this will result in a very fine scar. A scar that does not heal well due to its location might require surgical revision to improve its appearance.
One other method for closing the site of a surgically excised tattoo is the use of a skin graft. Tissue is harvested, or grafted, from one location, usually the hip, and placed over the tattoo removal site. This method also leaves scars but it might be required in a large tattoo removal. In addition to the scars around the surgical site, there is also the scar left by the harvesting of tissue. Although these donor site scars are very smooth, they are also permanently hypopigmented (see photo below). If you desire scar-free tattoo removal utilizing the revolutionary state-of-the-art PicoSure laser I can be reached by phone @ 512-479-9997 or just stop by my NEW location in Austin, TX: Austin Medspa on W. 6th St.