All you need to know about Tattoo Removal

Exeter Medical’s Director and Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgeon, Christopher Stone, provides an informative summary and step-by-step guide for those seeking tattoo removal at Exeter Medical.

“What makes Exeter Medical unique is the opportunity for a multi-disciplinary assessment of the tattoo. Combining dermatological and surgical expertise, alongside an experienced laser practioner in Hayley Mack, the patient is given a reliable opinion upon which treatment would best suit them.”

Christopher Stone, speaking about the consultation process for tattoo removal at Exeter Medical, informs us that within his role he has noticed an upward trend in those seeking treatment. This is perhaps unsurprising given that current estimates suggest one in five of the UK population are sporting tattoos. However, for those who in hindsight regret their decision, there are treatments available to them.

“The first step for prospective clients would be to organise a free consultation with our laser specialist, or alternatively send in a digital photograph for assessment. Based on the individual tattoo, this process enables us to determine which treatment would be the most appropriate.”

Procedurally tattoo removal can be performed either by laser or ‘serial excision’ (small skin surgeries over time to limit scarring); this depends upon the size, location and colour of the patient’s tattoo.

Predominantly, laser treatments are suitable to tattoos comprised of black and red ink; and for those containing blue and green ink, serial excision is recommended to avoid the effects of ‘ghosting’.

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The laser tattoo removal result shown above took 12 treatments, over a period of two years. To achieve this excellent result the patient gave the skin plenty of time to recover and rejuvenate between each treatment. Regular aftercare was also undertaken by the patient with regular moisturising and the treatment area kept out of the sun.

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