Excision involves removing the tattooed skin by means of surgery. The wound is then closed either by stitches, in the case of small tattoos, or by applying grafts of skin from other parts of the body in cases involving large tattoos. There are certain advantages to choosing this procedure. For one thing, instead of taking weeks, months, or years to complete, the operation is done in one surgery only lasting up to 2 hours. Another advantage is that the actual process should not be painful since you will most likely undergo anesthesia during the surgery. It also allows for complete removal of the tattoo.

However, there are significant disadvantages as well. Since you will need the assistance of an anesthesiologist to endure the pain of the operation, this will raise the cost of your surgery. Also this is not good for people who have an allergy to anesthetics. Since there are complications associated with excision such as bleeding and vein rupture, this method is dangerous for removal of large tattoos. Another downside is that it may be very costly and difficult to find a surgeon skilled enough to perform the operation. This, along with the need for an anesthesiologist, can push your final hospital bill into thousands of dollars. And like almost all other methods for removing tattoos, scarring can result.

Click on removing tattoos for a description of other options that you may wish to consider.