I have a tattoo that is 4 1/2 by 3 inches on my inner forearm. I read that large tattoos will need a skin graft but they don't specify how large. I won't mind a skin graft and I don't care about scars. How much would it cost?
Possible to Remove a Tattoo Through Excision?
Doctor Answers 3
Serial excisions are best for large tattoos
Grafting has inherent risks on its own. I prefer serial excision for large tattoos, which removes the need for skin grafting completely. Excision is the only way to completely remove a tattoo which is the goal for many people. Of course the down side is a scar which you would have to be willing to accept to go this route. Hope this helps!
No, what you are considering is not a good option. Be careful you do not trade one problem for a worse problem. Excision of your tattoo will obviously result in a scar that may be unsightly. Several excisions (staged) may be necessary because of the tightness of the skin in this area.
Skin grafting is a major procedure with significant potential risks and complications, involving the recipient and donor sites. Again, the resulting cosmetic results leaves much to be desired.
I would suggest you continue to look into laser treatment options.