The procedure was done under local anaesthetic at Hutt hospital Plastic Surgery Outpatients. My appointment was at 10am and lasted about an hour. The tattooing was done by an experienced Plastic Surgery nurse Moira who was lovely.
First, Moira spent a bit of time working out the colour matching (there is a whole chart like at the paint shop) and it took a while to get down to the right colours. Then Moira drew the shape on, measuring everything to get all the dimensions right. And when I lay down on the table, with the light on me, Moira confirmed the colour and got everything prepared. A Surgeon then came in and gave me a local anaesthetic that luckily, I didn’t really feel as the area is still quite numb.
Then there was probably half an hour or so of tattooing with regular stops to check on colour, shape etc.
At the end, it looked pretty sore and red and the wound was dressed. A few follow up appointments with nurses were scheduled to check on healing. I just need to take paracetamol for a few days and avoid reaching or over extending the area.
The tattooing will last around six years and will gradually fade. So when I’m ready, I just ring up the Plastic Surgery ward and schedule a follow up appointment.
Thanks to everyone at Hutt Hospital Plastic Surgery Unit for the amazing care and fantastic results. It has been a LONG journey to get to this point and it is a good feeling to finish off the process.