In a study from 2004 The American Academy of Dermatology found about 17% of respondents that had tattoos have at least thought about getting them removed. Â Everyone has a different motivation for getting a tattoo, but as time goes by things change. People change, and minds change. Which means today you may be looking back with regret on your time in the tattoo chair.Â There may be a number of reasons you want a tattoo removed, but the risks and limitations apply to everyone.
Why People Get Rid of their Tattoos
As we get older our priorities shift, things that may once have seemed important can lose their personal value. In regards to tattoos, perhaps something which was salient in our early twenties does not carry as much meaning in our forties. Some of the more playful and culturally iconic tattoos that were fun and â€œcoolâ€ once upon a time can become a cause for chagrin later in life. The way our lives evolve often result in a wish that a tattoo was slightly less permanent.
Nothing says love like a permanent tattoo of a name. Nothing says bad idea like an exâ€™s name tattooed on your body. Getting an ink impression of the one you love can seem like a great idea while youâ€™re together and in love but if the relationship ends, the constant reminder of the one you once loved can be painful. It can even present problems in a new relationship. Moving on and putting the past behind us is one of the strongest motivators for tattoo removal.
They say having children changes people. When it comes to your ink, you may discover that having kids make you wish you didnâ€™t have that body art. Â Whether itâ€™s a father who would rather not explain why he has a woman tattooed on his arm, or a mother whoâ€™s tattoo will never look the same post pregnancy, having little ones is a powerful inspiration for tattoo removal.
One of the biggest motivators in the world, for pretty much everything, let alone tattoo regret, is the quest to make a living. Sometimes the job you want doesnâ€™t fit with the art on your skin. From teaching to corporate accounting or even law enforcement sometimes a tattoo just doesnâ€™t fit the corporate culture and if you canâ€™t cover it, it may be time to remove it.
For these and many other reasons a person may decide they are ready to un-commit to a tattoo. The good news is there are at least a few ways to have them removed.
How Tattoos Can Be Removed
Tattoo Removal Creams
One of the most cost effective options for removing a tattoo is using a cream to get rid of it at home. DIY tattoo removal methods involve the use of special creams that claim to be able to remove tattoos.Â But not all products are created equal. Many of them are multi-step programs that may require exfoliation in addition to the use of the cream. While there are a number of products on the market, if you go this route look for a proven history of success, as in, do the research before you buy. A money-back guarantee is always a plus with this type of program.
While youâ€™re shopping, be on the look out for ingredients such as Hydroquinone, which can cause cancer.
If youâ€™re a little bit masochistic, dermabrasion could be a viable option. As pleasant as it sounds this process involves literally wearing away the top layers of skin, taking a tattoo or other skin conditions with them. The problem with this method is that it is often painful and can leave scars. Dermabrasion may be effective but can leave the skin raw and red requiring several months for full recovery.
Laser Tattoo Removal and IPL
Laser tattoo removal involves the use of wave-lengths, to break up a tattoo into tiny little pieces that can be absorbed into the skin. Some tattoos may require several treatments for full removal. While technology improvements mean that the pain is bearable and there is generally little scarring with this method, there is the remote possibility, and a chance of scabs and blistering.Â The other downside is that lasers work better on some colors than others. Almost counter intuitively, the darker the pigment the better this works. Colors like black and dark blue can be removed more easily than colors like green.
IPL or Intense Pulsed Light therapy uses a similar technology but instead of lasers, a high intensity light is used in conjunction with a special gel to remove tattoos. While this process can be more effective and less painful than laser removal, itâ€™s also quite a bit more expensive.
With the constant development of new and improved technology and products People who want out of their lifetime commitment to a tattoo are getting their wish. And while the reasons we want an epidermal-clean slate may vary from person to person one thing remains constant:
A tattoo is a serious decision that should be considered long and hard before going under the needle.
Janet writes for New Look Houston a laser tattoo removal clinic located in Houston Texas.