Many people have had ‘second thoughts’ after receiving a tattoo. This is particularly true with those unfortunate to have received a poor tat. It is not that uncommon for a tattoo to fail to live up to your hopes.
Fortunately, if a tattoo is making you blue, you have options. You can learn to love it, but you probably would have done that by now if you were going to. That means you can change or ‘redesign’ the tattoo, or you have the option of removing it altogether.
Changing a Tattoo You do not Like
If you are unhappy with your tattoo, you can have it changed. First, you will need to think about a new design that would blend with your present tat. Realize that a ‘cover-up’ tattoo might result in being quite a bit larger than the present one.
Meet with a professional tattoo artist, obviously not the one who gave you the tattoo you don’t like anymore. You should LOVE your tattoo. If you don’t, something went wrong, either in the planning or execution of the design.
Explain your situation with the artist and discuss possibilities before you decide what to do. Give the artist some time to work on some good ideas. Once you have a few options from the artist, give yourself some time to be sure, this is what you want.
At this point, you still have other options. After covering it with a second tattoo, it’ll be even harder if you ultimately decide you want it removed. Tattoos aren’t cheap. Be sure.
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There is no need to rush into this, especially if that’s what got you into this mess in the first place. You need to make certain you will be happy and comfortable with the ‘cover-up.’ Also, depending on the size, you may need to have more than one sitting with the tattoo artist. When you are prepared – go for it!
Completely Removing Your Tattoo
We’re not talking fade creams here. They can make a tattoo lighter and easier to cover with makeup, but they can’t remove a tattoo. To have it completely removed, you have two basic options; surgery or treatments.
Let’s say you have a tattoo of your ex-girlfriend’s name, and your new girlfriend isn’t too happy about it. If the tattoo is tiny, surgery is probably the fastest and most affordable option. If it’s bigger than a quarter, though, it’s time to look at laser removal.
New techniques in the industry allow you to have it removed, sometimes in a single session.
Laser works by producing intense light in short pulses. These pulses pass through the top layer of the skin. The pigment selectively absorbs them in the tattoo. This causes the pigment in the tattoo to fragment.
The resulting smaller particles are then removed via the body’s immune system. Amazingly, the laser doesn’t affect the pigment of the skin around the tattoo, which will happen if you choose surgery.
The deeper the ink, the harder it is to remove. You need first to locate a dermatologist or look for a tattoo parlor that also offers laser removal. More shops are adding this service with the influx of those looking for body art and a few others looking to have it removed.
What to Expect During Your Tattoo Removal
You should know upfront that tattoo removal can be uncomfortable. If you sat through getting some ink, however, it shouldn’t bother you much while under the laser. If you have colors in your tat, you need to make sure that the person treating you has the necessary equipment to remove different pigment colors.
If pain is a big issue for you, you might receive a pretreatment step involving the application of prescription anesthetic cream about two hours before the procedure. This is then removed before the laser treatment begins. Other people prefer to have a local anesthetic injected into the location of the tattoo before the treatment begins.
It usually takes just a matter of minutes, but you may need more than one treatment. This depends on how much ink, the type of ink, and how deeply the tattoo was injected. Following the first treatment, you have to wait at least three weeks until the next treatment.