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Tattoo Removal & Cover Up Techniques

Updated on February 02, 2017

Second Thoughts

The tattoo removal process is painful, expensive and can take many treatments. It is not that easy to remove a tattoo, as it is meant to be a permanent procedure. There is a saying in the tattoo community, “think before your ink!” If you do this, you will avoid the trouble of trying to remove a tattoo.

There are different reasons a person may have for wanting to remove a tattoo. One of the most common types of tattoo removal requests are, name tattoos. You were madly in love with him/her, so much so, you had to immortalize your love with permanent body art.

Unfortunately, that tattoo may last a lot longer than your love. After a painful break-up many people can’t stand to look at the name of the one that promised to love them forever...not! Now you have to find a way to remove the name. New tattoo removal will be easier, so as soon as you decide you no longer want your tattoo, take action.

Tattoo removal can be expensive, painful and time-consuming. There are several methods that can be used to get rid of a tattoo, here are a few:

Fade Creams

Using a fade cream will help in you attempt to remove your tattoo. Fade creams work by breaking down the ink under the skin. As the ink breaks down it begins to be reabsorbed into the body.

Apply fade cream to your tattoo. This method takes a very long time, but it is a start, especially if you can’t afford the more costly methods. Use fade creams designed to be used on tattoos.

The main ingredient in tattoo fade creams such as Tat B Gone and Wrecking Balm is a skin whitener called hydroquinone. and an abrasive.

These products need to be used carefully and as directed to prevent skin irritation and scarring. Results when using these fade creams varies, depending on the age of the tattoo.

Think before you Ink

Tattoo Artist
Tattoo Artist | Source

Laser Removal

Laser tattoo removal, is another way to remove a tattoo. With modern laser therapy a tattoo can be removed. Laser tattoo removal is not a one shot deal, but will take several secessions with time between each removal session to heal, before the job is complete. Of course, the larger and darker the tattoo, the longer the procedure will take. It is very expensive and painful. You do however, have an option for an injection to numb the area.

Consult a laser surgery practitioner to discuss the removal of your tattoo, what it will cost and how long it will take. Using laser therapy to remove a tattoo also has a possibility of scarring depending on the sensitivity of your skin.

What to Consider before you get a Tattoo


Dermabrasion, is a method of exfoliating top layers of the skin, by the use of abrasives. If you ever used facial cleaners which promised to remove dead layers of skin, they contain small abrasive particles that remove dead skin with when scrubbed. It can cause painful irritation and busing of the skin. Dermabrasion is a similar procedure on a higher and more intense level, and is not as effective a laser removal.


Another creative way of getting rid of a tattoo, is to cover it up. This process is where your tattoo artist or you will come up with another design that will blend with the original. The hopeful outcome is that, the original tattoo become less noticeable or disappear into the new tattoo.

Notice the Letter B and J Underneath

Panther Cover-up
Panther Cover-up | Source

Chemical Tattoo Removal

A chemical peel is another option for removing your tattoo. A peel is a process of burning away the top layers of the skin. This procedure is also used for cosmetic reasons the purpose of diminishing facial scarring and imperfections.

This is not a quick fix and also takes several sessions to fade your tattoo. Chemical peels are also painful and causes blistering and peeling of the skin.


The most severe method of removing a tattoo is surgery. I would not suggest this as it involved cutting the skin to remove the tattoo and you will be left with scarring which is worse than the tattoo itself.


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    • 2besure profile image

      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Yes, though tattoos are meant to be permanganate, sometimes people have buyers remorse.

    • katrinasui profile image

      katrinasui 6 years ago

      Thanks for write up on this topic. This is very useful for people who want to remove their tattoos.

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      littlezeldafan21 6 years ago from Southern California

      was not aware there was such thing as tattoo fading cream. i'll take that into account if i ever wind up with a tattoo i don't want.

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      Psalmist4M 6 years ago from the Shelter of His Wings

      Some interesting information. This cause you to pause & ponder the seriousness of it. Thanks for providing these facts.

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