I am having a hard time finding a dr. who will do a tattoo excision. Is that not something that drs. are willing to do? The tattoo looks awful and I am more interested in a quick removal than the year it will take to remove it via laser.
Surgical excision is possible for smallish tattoos but it will leave a permanent scar. Larger tattoos may not be amenable to excision. You would have to be seen in person.
I do tattoo excision for selected cases but not all tattoos are in an area that excision is appropriate. I'm nearby in Chicago and can see you in Oakbrook.
I actually think I emailed your office today! The tattoo is on my shoulder blade. It’s two small hearts about the size of a penny each. The only problem is is that is part of a bigger tattoo that id like to keep. But I’m totally fine with a scar.
OK, just emailed you.
If the tattoo is large it may not be able to be removed and closed without a skin graft, which will look like a serious surgical scar. Look into Invisible Ink, a laser tattoo remover corporation that has excellent techs and a PICOWAY laser that can do the job without significant scarring. I am the medical director of the one in Pittsburgh. There should be a site near Chicago.
Excision with closure is possible if the tattoo is small enough. For larger tattoos, a skin graft may be necessary. Both methods will result in scarring that may be unpredictable. Some patients are motivated enough to accept the resultant scar but this must be absolutely understood. I would be happy to see you for a consultation.
Dr. Daw, I saw you are in Arlington heights and Naperville. Are you still in those locations?
Presently, I am not in Naperville. However, I will be in the future. My office locations are Arlington Heights and Chicago.
Yes, that can be done but it depends on whee the tattoo is and if there is loose skin to excise the tattoo completely.
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We perform tattoo excision when appropriate. It will leave a permanent scar and the patient must be willing to accept that.
Tattoo excision is definitely doable, but will leave a scar. For larger tattoos I have done serial excision (i.e. removing a bit at a time) to keep the scar smaller. So keep looking- there are definitely surgeons who can help!
To remove tattoos by excision, there must be enough skin laxity that the defect can be closely approximated to facilitate healing. You are trading a scar for the tattoo removal. If your tattoo could be removed, costs would vary by how long it would take to remove and close the wound with a purse-string suture as they are superior to linear closures as they do not create dog ears. At my prevailing wages, it would be around $600 for 30 minutes of time.