A tattoo can be removed by cutting it away and then stitching
up the wound. In the case of a large tattoo a skin graft can be
used from another part of the body.
If the tattoo is small, this method has the advantage of being
a quick one-session procedure. In the case of light green, yellow,
white ink or florescent inks, which may be resistant to lasers,
this method may be used.
The procedure begins with injection of a local anesthetic. The
tattoo is surgically removed and the edges are sutured together.
Bleeding can be controlled with electrocautery if needed. Scarring
is usually minimal.