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Tattoo Removal For The Masses

Updated on May 17, 2015


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Tattoo Removal

Getting a tattoo can be a right of passage for many young adults. It often signifies the coming of age. A milestone to remember the transition from being a teenager to being an adult.

Regardless of the reason that an individual might get a tattoo, often times they regret it later in life. Many might find it difficult to land a great job if they are covered in visible tattoos.

Countless people get tattoos of their significant others name as a gesture of their undying love. Unfortunately, the tattoos don't go away when the relationship ends.

Some people make poor decisions early in life and choose to join a gang. If these individuals are fortunate enough to ever get out of the gang, it's a good idea to have the gang tattoos removed.

Getting a tattoo is fairly easy, getting rid of one, not so easy. The common methods of tattoo removal are laser removal, light therapy, dermabrasion, and self applied creams.

Tattoo Removal by laser therapy can be painful. This procedure involves a doctor bombarding your skin with very concentrated bursts of laser light. The laser breaks up the ink particles. The process often requires several treatments. Not only is this a painful procedure, it can also be very expensive.

Another method of tattoo removal is with light therapy. This process involves a very strong light being applied in pulses to the tattoo. Although patients report good results with this method, it may be even expensive than the traditional laser removal process. If you opt for this procedure, you may be billed for each individual pulse. I have read that this might cost as much $10 a pulse!

Dermabrasion is basically like rubbing sandpaper on the tattooed skin. It would seem likely that this would lead to significant scarring not to mention it sounds quite painful. In extreme cases, people have actually had their tattoos cut away. The tattooed skin is cut away and the remaining skin is sutured together.

Finally, there are over-the-counter creams that can be applied to the tattoo. Many people have used home tattoo removal products to try and fade their tattoos away.

Regardless of what method a person chooses to use to attempt to remove a tattoo, it's going to be expensive and most likely painful. I'm certainly not against tattooing. I would, however suggest that those who choose to have themselves tattooed, put some serious thought into whether or not the decision will cause them problems in the future.

Tattoo Removal Cost

The cost of getting a tattoo removed can be staggering. Some tattoos can end up costing thousands of dollars to have removed.

The cost will depend on a few factors:

  • How large is the tattoo?
  • How much ink is in the tattoo?
  • What color is the ink?
  • Where is the tattoo removal is being done?
  • How many sessions will be needed to complete the removal process?

These are a few factors in determining the cost. Before you begin any tattoo removal therapy be sure and thoroughly discuss the costs with the person who will be doing the work

Tattoo Removal With Reverse Tattooing

One way that people use to fade or remove their tattoo is called reverse tattooing. Basically, you go to your tattoo artist and he or she tattoos a specially formulated solution into the tattooed area. This supposedly causes the ink to dislodge and either become absorbed into the body or migrate to the surface and shed away.

A spin on reverse tattooing is tattoo lightening. Some tattoo artists will tattoo a white or flesh toned ink directly over the existing tattoo. This is commonly done to lighten a tattoo in preparation for a cover up tattoo. A cover up tattoo is basically a new tattoo applied directly over the an old tattoo. This is an alternative to completely removing a tattoo that you don't like any more or a tattoo that didn't turn out too well in the first place.

Neither of these options should be tried at home. Only a licensed professional should attempt this option.

Surgical Excision

One rather drastic approach to tattoo removal is called Surgical Excision. This method can only be performed by a licensed medical doctor. The procedure involves the doctor thoroughly cleaning the tattooed area. Next the doctor numbs the area to be treated with a local anesthetic. When the area is thoroughly numb, the doctor carefully cuts the tattooed skin away with a scalpel. The remaining skin is then pulled together and the doctor sutures the skin closed.

In some cases of very large tattoos, a skin graft from a donor part of your body is used.

This is expensive and is not likely to be covered by your health insurance policy. The advantage to this type of tattoo removal is that it's 100% effective and fast. You go into the doctor with a tattoo that you want removed and when you leave, it's gone.

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Tattoo Removal Liability Disclaimer

The author of this article is not a licensed medical professional. The information contained within this page is not to be taken as factual or medical advice.

The author is not liable for any injuries incurred from the use or misuse of any of the products discussed herein. You should consult your doctor before using any tattoo removal product.

I would love to hear from you if you have had a tattoo removed.

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      My husband got a tattoo in his wild youthful days and now regrets it. He has already had a few laser treatments, but hasn't managed to completely remove it yet.  He said the laser treatments are much more painful than getting the tattoo was.  Something to think about folks! 

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      What might be appealing on youthful skin won't look quite as nice on wrinkled older and sagging skin. Something else to consider!

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      quiethorse 8 years ago

      Ouch! This has got to hurt!