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Tattoo Removal Process

By Edited Dec 3, 2013 0 0

Having A Tattoo Removed Is A Big Decision, Make Sure You Have The Facts

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Do you have a tattoo that you want removed? Maybe you had some ink done when you were young that you regret, or had an ex-girlfriend's name tattooed on your bicep after an evening of indiscretion. I'm not here to judge. Luckily for you, there are options for having a tattoo removed. The tattoo removal process is however, time consuming and expensive so it's important to make sure you have the facts before proceeding.

Alternatives 

You will want to consider all of your options before going in for laser removal. There are other things you can do about a bad tattoo.

1. Makeup

If your tattoo is small, you may want to consider covering it up with makeup. Naturally, women will be more willing to consider this option than men. Although not a perfect solution this will allow you to cover it up just when you want to (or need to for work).

2. Cover up tattoo

In certain circumstances, you may be able to have another tat placed over top of the one you don't want. This will obviously be easier if the tattoo being covered is small. If you choose to go this route, make sure you find an artist who specializes in cover ups. Although the previous tattoo is usually visible to some extent underneath the new one, this can be done very well so that this is minimal. Your options for a cover up tattoo are limited as it will need to be larger and darker than the original. I recommend taking your time and making sure that you choose something that you really want. There is a practical limit to how many cover ups you can do as they will eventually start to take over your arm (or wherever the original was).

If you decide that tattoo cover ups aren't for you, your only option is to have it removed. The most common form of tattoo removal is by laser. Here are the most common questions about laser tattoo removal.

1. How does laser tattoo removal work?

Simply put, the laser breaks down the ink in your skin. Eventually, the ink is absorbed by your body and the tattoo fades. With each treatment the tattoo will fade more and more until it is gone.

2. Does tattoo removal hurt?

Laser tattoo removal does hurt. How much it hurts depends on where the tattoo is on your body, how large the tattoo is and on your personal pain tolerance. 

3. How many treatments does it take to remove a tattoo?

This again, depends on the individual and the tattoo. Typically, it takes 6 to 12 treatments to completely remove a tattoo. It may take more than 12 treatments but it's difficult to know for sure until you start the process.

4. How much does laser tattoo removal cost?

It's expensive. It can cost $400 to $600 per session and sometimes require more than 12 sessions. Having a tattoo removed is far more expensive than having it applied. 

Getting a tattoo is a life-altering decision that is often taken too lightly. It is only moderately painful and relatively cheap. Although it's easy to get a tattoo, I would recommend taking months or even years to consider the decision. Visit a tattoo artist and have a design drawn up, keep it around for a while and make sure that it's something you really want on your body forever. I carried my tattoo design around for 4 years before having it done, and have not once regretted it.

You may also want to read:

How To Choose Your First Tattoo

 

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