Tattoo Removal

Tattoo Removal

Surgical tattoo excision

Tattoo Removal

Treatment overview

Tattoos are very popular but people may regret having them or need them removed for certain professions.  The most common method of tattoo removal is by the use of lasers.  Advances in laser technology include pico second lasers.  These can reduce the number of sessions required.  Laser tattoo removal will often need multiple sessions over long periods of time.

For certain tattoos, surgical excision of tattoos may be an option.  This method will completely remove the tattoo if possible or it may require staged multiple procedures for larger tattoos.  There will be a permanent resultant scar in place of the tattoo.  The scars will fade with time but will always be present.

To find out more information about Surgical Tattoo Removal in Manchester or Cheshire, or to book a consultation please contact us via our contact form.

  • Procedure time:
    30-60 Minutes

  • Length of stay:

  • Return to work:

  • Anaesthetic:

Surgical Tattoo Removal

Your consultation

Through comprehensive consultations, we ensure a thorough understanding of your aesthetic objectives while addressing any potential risks associated with the surgical procedure.

  • In depth discussion about your desired outcomes
  • Planning bespoke solutions to address your concerns
  • Active involvement of the patient is integral to the decision-making process.
  • A thorough examination is conducted
  • Deliver the highest quality of care for our patients
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Surgical Tattoo Excision

Before & Afters

“After years off unsuccessful expensive extremely painful laser tattoo attempts I decided enough was enough and made some research into getting it surgically removed. After some very good reviews about Dr Reza I booked a consultation. Dr Reza was extremely polite, approachable and friendly and I quickly booked myself in for the procedure. Both Dr Reza and his secretary were fantastic from start to finish. The actual surgery, nurses and facilities were first class. I was extremely nervous about the procedure and throughout the whole experience I was reassured and cared for. This includes the aftercare . The results are incredible , so neat, I almost cried when I first saw the result as I am finally tattoo free on my lower back. I couldn’t recommended him enough.”

Tattoo Removal


Tattoo removal is most commonly performed using a laser.  The type of laser used will be based on the colour of the ink used in the tattoo.  Tattoos may also be removed by surgery.

Tattoos that are composed of dark colours such as black ink will respond better to laser treatment than multi-coloured tattoos.  Some colours such as yellows, pinks, reds or greens may be quite difficult to treat with lasers.  Laser is likely to leave some faint outline of the tattoo even with a full course of treatment.

Surgical tattoo excision is possible in some cases.  This depends on the size of the tattoo and where it is located on the body.  Generally smaller tattoos on parts of the body where there is some skin laxity are likely to be suitable for surgical tattoo removal.  Some larger tattoos may need a staged procedure which means it may need to removed partially in a number of goes until the whole tattoo has been removed.

Surgical tattoo excision is performed as a local anaesthetic procedure.  This means the area is number and the tattoo is removed.  The skin is then stitched together and dressings applied over the scar.  Most of the time, the stitching will all be beneath the surface of the skin and so you will not need to have any stitches removed.

We perform our local anaesthetic procedures in our CQC registered clinics CLNQ in Deansgate Square, Manchester and Knutsford, Cheshire.

There are some potential risks and complications associated with laser and surgical removal.  For the laser removal these may include residual tattoo; failure to respond; need for repeated treatments; burns; skin pigmentation changes (hypo- or hyper-pigmentation).

The potential risks associated with surgical excision are:


All tattoos that are excised will leave a permanent scar in place of them.  Sometimes scars can become hypertrophic or keloid meaning they can become raised or lumpy.  Scars can also stretch resulting in a wider scar.

Residual pigment

Although tattoo excision involves removal of the full thickness of the skin some residual pigment may remain at the edges of the scar.  This may be due to the fact that the tattoo was too large to remove fully in one go and a staged or serial excision may be required.

Wound problems

Rarely, there may be infection or problems with healing of the wounds after tattoo excision.  These are usually small and managed without need for any further surgery.

Surgical Tattoo Excision

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Surgical Tattoo Removal

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