Surgical excision can be a practical choice for a reasonably small tattoo located in a region with enough loose skin that allows for primary closure of the incision. Darrell L. Henderson, MD perform precise tattoo removal by excision to give residents of Lafayette and the surrounding area, a cleaner, smoother appearance.

What Is Tattoo Removal?

Tattoo removal by surgical excision refers to the technique of cutting the skin to physically remove the unwanted tattoo with a scalpel, and then closing the wound with stitches. This method is highly effective and is extremely precise.

Whether you have outgrown a tattoo, regret getting a tattoo or want a more clean-cut appearance, we can help you erase your tattoo.

Benefits of Tattoo Removal

Tattoo removal by excision offers several benefits:

  • In many cases, the tattoo can be eliminated in a single session
  • Cleaner, more professional appearance
  • No longer being marked by a symbol of the past
  • Minimal scarring
  • Precise removal that leaves the adjacent skin intact

How Is Tattoo Removal Performed?

First, a local anesthetic will be injected into the area of the unwanted tattoo. Then the top two layers of skin will be removed—along with the ink of the tattoo. For larger tattoos, a skin graft may be used from another part of your body to cover the site. Finally, the wound is closed with sutures.

Preparing for Tattoo Removal

For several weeks before your tattoo removal procedure, you must avoid sun exposure. For a few days before the surgery, you should also avoid taking any blood-thinning medications, ibuprofen (Advil), or aspirin.

Tattoo Removal Recovery

After the procedure, the treated skin may feel sunburned or tight. Avoid sunlight, and use a moisturizing cream or lotion. If you must go outside, wear a sunscreen with an SPF factor of at least 30. If you feel discomfort, apply cold packs and take your prescribed medications.*

*Take note individual results may vary

How Much Does Tattoo Removal Cost?

We accept most insurance plans, and we offer financing options through CareCredit®. The total cost depends on the procedure. After your consultation appointment, we give you a total cost that includes anesthesia, pre- and post-operative care, and other associated costs. To learn more, call our office today.

Is Tattoo Removal Right for Me?

If you have outgrown a tattoo, feel embarrassed or regretful about a tattoo, or want to present a more professional appearance for your job, then tattoo removal may be right for you. During your consultation, we’ll help you determine whether tattoo removal by excision is your best option.

Why Choose Darrell L. Henderson, MD for Tattoo Removal?

  • We are the premier providers for reconstruction in Lafayette.
  • Our team of surgical experts are highly qualified to perform a number of different reconstruction procedures.
  • We offer a personalized and individualized treatment approach.

What to Expect During Your Consultation for Tattoo Removal

We believe exceptional patient care is a right, not a privilege. Several areas will be covered during your consultation, including:

  • Your medical history
  • Discussion of your concerns and goals
  • Explanation of procedure and expected results
  • Customized treatment plan(s)
  • Applicable fees and financing information


To schedule a one-on-one consultation, contact us today!


Darrell Henderson, MD
401 North College Road, Suite 3
Lafayette, LA 70506
Phone: 337-385-5836
Fax: 337-233-5054

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