For some, a tattoo is a constant reminder of a momentary bad decision. While clothes can cover things up and many people may not care about your tattoo at all, knowing that the design is there can often consume your thoughts. What seemed like a good idea at the time can unfortunately bring one person many days and years of misery.

Laser tattoo removal is one option for many people looking to erase their mistakes. Unfortunately, unlike the process of acquring a tattoo, removing a tattoo can require an extensive amount of time and patience. You can also expect to pay a lot more money for the process. Some reports say that it costs approximately 12 times more to remove a tattoo than it does to get it in the first place.

when it comes to laser removal, black, blue and dark green inks respond the best while red, orange, yellow, beige and white inks are more stubborn. Sometimes different types of lasers are used to remove different colors of the tattoo, each using a different dose and level of energy.

Q-switched lasers use a shutter mechanism to quickly release larger doses of energy when compared to other types of lasers. New technologies in laser tattoo removal involves targeting the ink directly rather than simply breaking down the top layer of skin. This new technology is far less painful and avoids the wounds, scars, and downtime associated with older methods.

However, this doesn't mean that laser tattoo removal is completely pain free. One woman who is in the process of having a tattoo removed on her arm describes the pain as "hot bacon grease hitting my arm." Some also describe it as the "the worst sunburn you've ever had in your life times 100." To help with the pain and discomfort some clinics have started blowing cool air on the area as a distraction. Local anesthesia can also be given during laser tattoo removal.

The sessions themselves don't take very long but there is a consirable time frame between sessions (3-4 months or more) so your skin can recover and heal from the damage. Amateur tattoos that are made with only black ink are usually easier to remove and require fewer sessions than professional tattoos with many different colors. Large multicolor tattoos can take several years to remove with a laser and may still leave splotches of color behind even after many sessions. For this reason some people may choose to have their tattoo surgically removed instead.

When it comes to having a tattoo excised surgically, there is a chance for scarring to occur which should be taken into consideration. At the end of the day, it really depends on your own unique situation. The size, color, age, and location of your tattoo will all determine whether or not your best bet is laser tattoo removal or surgical excision. The different options available to you should be discussed with a medical professional. At some point, the only thing that helps with your obsession of wanting to have a tattoo removed is taking the first step in the process.