It would have put me off.The LMA on our tour of the far flung was a keen amateur photographer, during one of his stints in Haslar he took photographs for a surgeon who specialised in removing tats. No lasers in them days so the the method was basically a progression of cut and shuts. This involved pinching the flesh and slicing it out and stitching it back together, this was done several times until the tat was removed leaving a scar. His photo album was quite interesting especially the ones which showed the tattoo half removed. From what I remember the only areas of the body worked on were those that couldn’t be covered by clothing. Mainly the backs of hands, the docs album was probably what put me off tats for life.
Haslar not the best place for aesthetic surgery. I had an op on my hands early 70’s there! I can still see the scars today! (PS op wasn’t tat related). Warts. They cut a hole wher wart was then stuck what can only be called a soldering iron into the wound. Quarterisation they called it!! Butchery by any other name.
Never liked naval doctors after that.