If you got a tattoo that you now regret, it’s time to look into the various methods available for effectively removing your tattoo from your body. Perhaps you got your tattoo to symbolize a person in your life who is no longer around, you were drunk when you decided that getting ink would be a great idea, or you want to clean up your appearance. No matter what your reason is for removing a tattoo, the good news is that there are things that you can do. You don’t have to live with your decision for the rest of your life after all.
When most people think about tattoo removal, they first think of laser treatments. Laser removal can be quite painful, so brace yourself. The method does involve numbing the area that will be treated, though, so the pain may not be as severe as you will imagine it to be. Just keep in mind that the results may take some time, so you might need to invest in a few expensive treatments before your tattoo is completely gone.
Laser treatment works by using strong pulses of light. This works to break up the pigment in your tattoo so that your body can then get rid of it naturally. This method can work to get rid of your tattoo completely, although there is the risk that there will be a slight remnant of the tattoo left in your skin afterwards. Also, if the skin is very irritated, you can work with a dermatologist who can provide you with advice and lotions to soothe and heal it effectively.
Dermabrasion is a method of getting rid of tattoos that involves freezing the skin and then using a tool to scrub the skin away until the layers containing the ink are gone. Bleeding is likely to occur with this method. As a result, the area may feel sore for almost two weeks following the procedure, and you will need to wear antibiotic ointment and bandages to keep it clean and healthy. Again, working with a dermatologist may be necessary to bring the skin back to its former healthy state. Also, like laser removal, this method may leave behind a bit of your tattoo rather than getting rid of it completely.
During a surgical removal, the skin that contains the tattoo is literally cut out by a surgeon, who then stitches the remaining skin surrounding the old tattoo back together so that it can heal. This removes the tattoo completely, but it does leave a scar, so it is best for small tattoos. Like dermabrasion, you will need to apply antibiotic ointment to keep the area from becoming infected and to promote proper healing.
If you have a tattoo that you absolutely regret, there are several ways that you can get rid of it. If all of these methods are too frightening or they don’t guarantee the results you desire, you can always cover your tattoo up with another design instead.
The author of this post, Tori Wilson is an employee at Renovo MD, which offers cosmetic laser surgery in Shrewsbury. Her hobbies include cooking and travelling to different places.