For some their tattoos are a sign of artistic expression and for others they mark their love. But, not all tattoos that we get are for a reason. There are those ‘spur-of-the-moment’ tattoos that we later regret getting. If you too have a tattoo that you regret, you are not alone. A survey presented at the annual meeting of the British Association of Dermatologists showed that one in three people in the UK regret their tattoos.
Yes, you read it right. It is common to have a change of heart after getting inked. Sometimes a tattoo can be a reminder of a sad past that you wish to erase from your life and sometimes they can even become a blockage in your career. There could be any reason for regretting a tattoo. Do you regret getting a tattoo on your lower back that was once a rage but is now called a ‘tramp stamp’? We can’t blame you. There are thousands of people who regret doing the same. Tattoo fads come and go, but those who get inked in the fad, may regret their decision later.
Fortunately now you don’t have to live with the tattoo that you don’t like. You can choose to replace your existing tattoo with a new one, just like Angelina Jolie. She had a tattoo with name of her ex-husband Billy Bob Thornton, which she replaced with the coordinates of birthplaces of her six children. You can also choose to completely remove your tattoo. Laser, surgical skin graft and skin peels are some of the popular ways of getting rid of ink. In fact, you can also buy creams and lotions to remove tattoos at home without any pain. Let’s discuss tattoo removal methods in details.
Laser tattoo removal is a technique that removes tattoos by breaking up the pigment colours of the tattoo. A high-intensity light beam is used to break the ink. Black tattoos are easy to remove as they absorb all laser wavelengths. But coloured tattoos are only treated by selected lasers based upon the pigment colour. So the simpler the tattoo, the easier it is to remove.
The time it takes to get rid of the tattoo depends on the size and colour of your tattoo. While some inks can be removed in two to four sessions, some may take as many as 10 sessions. Normally anaesthesia is not given before tattoo removal; however, sometimes topical anaesthesia or painkiller injections can be given if the tattoo is at a delicate part of the body or if the person can’t bear the pain.
While laser is the most popular method of tattoo removal, it doesn’t come without side-effects. As the process heats to destroy the dyes, there are chances that it would leave behind scarring, discoloration, or an outline of the previous design. There is also a risk of infection, hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation at the site. If the pigment isn’t removed completely, then you may be left with a permanent scar. So, before you opt for laser tattoo removal, consider all these factors in your decision.
There are topical tattoo removal systems like Profade 123 that can save you from the pain and expense of laser, while allowing you to get rid of regrettable tats by simply rubbing cream on them. The system usually contains 2 or more creams that break down the pigments slowly and fades away the tattoo over time. Compared to laser, this method is not only affordable and convenient, but it is also painless. It also saves you from the hassles of finding the right dermatologist for the procedure of tattoo removal.