Tattoo Removal: Excision

Tattoo excision can be the ideal affordable option for unwanted smaller sized tattoos.  Stop wasting valuable time with costly make-up, cumbersome cover-up clothing and bandages.  Choose our providers for results that are fast, effective, and aesthetically pleasing.

The Tattoo Excision Advantage

Life and its momentous events can be impacted by unwanted visible tattoos.  Do you want to join the military but have a tattoo in a highly visible area?  Is your wedding approaching but you still have the tattooed name, initials, or wedding ring associated with an “ex”?  Tattoo excision is a fast and affordable option that can result in a minimal scar and beautiful results.

Here’s What Tattoo Excision Can Do For You:

  • Remove small, visible tattoos in 1 to 3 surgical visits
  • Enjoy ink-free skin
  • End the need to hide unwanted ink with bandages, cover-up makeup or cumbersome clothing in hot weather
  • Eliminate awkward moments associated with questions related to your tattoo

The CSSC Advantage

Our Tattoo Excision Providers Are Experts

You want a tattoo excision provider who understands the complexities of how skin moves and how a scar will look after it heals.  Our tattoo excision providers, Dr. Wyatt To and Jessie Mallalieu, PA-C, exceed those qualifications. They both have over 12 years’ experience and have treated thousands of happy and satisfied excision patients.

We Match Your Goals to Your Budget

We’re happy to provide estimates over the phone.  Pricing is dependent on the size and shape of your tattoo.  Please call us to schedule a consultation to discuss this further:  (301)698-2424.

We Specialize In Laser & Cosmetic Dermatology

Since we opened our doors in 2001, we’ve specialized in treatments geared toward keeping your skin healthy.  We utilize the best, most predictable and most satisfying treatments available.  Get a healthier, more flawless you and minimize the need for temporary tattoo solutions elsewhere.

Get reliable, predictable and satisfying tattoo excision results with the professionals at The Cosmetic & Skin Surgery Center.  Call today to schedule your consultation:  (301)698-2424. 

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What is a tattoo excision?

“Excision” means the surgeon uses a scalpel to remove your tattoo from the skin.  First, we’ll numb your tattoo with injectable anesthesia.  Then, we’ll excise the tattoo and suture the area closed in an esthetically-pleasing way.  In some instances, this process may be completed in several stages.  Your surgeon will discuss this during your initial consultation.*

Will I have stitches (sutures)?

The surgeon will suture the wound closed immediately following the excision.  Absorbable sutures may be placed underneath the skin to pull the edges together.  Nonabsorbable sutures may be used on the outer surface to keep the top layers together and even.  The outer sutures are removed 5-14 days later depending on the body site.  In some cases, the surgeon can use surface sutures that dissolve on their own.*

What will the area look like after the excision?

Sutured wounds are typically lines (incisions) of different lengths depending on the size of the tattoo.  Your incision is placed in a way that minimizes tension and improves the final cosmetic result.  During the first two weeks, the incision may be very red, swollen, and sometimes sensitive.  At the time of suture removal, the incision may still be red and often itchy, especially around the sutures.  After suture removal, the incision gradually softens and becomes less red over the following 3-12 months.*

 How do I take care of the area?

Wound care instructions will be provided at the time of the surgery along with a printed handout.  The care is simple and involves twice-a-day daily cleaning following by plain petroleum ointment.  Most likely, you will be able to take showers and perform all your normal activities.*

Are there any restrictions?

For the first two weeks, you want to pamper the area!  Avoid repetitive motion and any action that might put too much tension on the incision.  For example, if your excision was on your arm, you do not want to swing golf clubs or rake your yard; however, working on the computer would be fine.  Some areas, such as legs, require special care.*

Will I have a scar?

All excisions leave scars, but most are subtle.  The appearance of the scar will be affected by the size of the tattoo and the body site.  Scars on the face, for example, heal with a finer line than scars on the back, where the tension is greater.  The length of the scar may be 3-4 times as long as the excision was wide.  This design rule prevents the scar from staying permanently puckered at the ends.  For example, if you have a tattoo that requires a dime-sized excision, then the scar should be about three dime-sizes long to prevent puckering.

*Medicine is not an exact science and individual results may vary.