How to Get Rid of an Unwanted Tattoo

2017-03-02 15:21:52

Getting a tattoo always seems like a good idea. However, many people regret getting one, or would like to get rid of an old tattoo that reminds them of something they would rather forget. Of course, tattoos are meant to be permanent, but tattoo removal, although it can be painful or difficult, is not entirely impossible.

If you would like to get rid of an unwanted tattoo, here are a few different techniques you could consider.

1. Use makeup

If you are not entirely sure you want to permanently erase your tattoo, you could start by trying to hide it with makeup to figure out if you truly feel better without that particular piece of body art.

Not just any type of makeup will do the job. Some cosmetic companies are offering heavy-duty tattoo cover-up kits that will allow you to temporarily get rid of a tattoo. If your new boss is not a fan of your tattoo, for example, you could use makeup to make it disappear only when you have to go to work.

2. Try a tattoo removal cream

If you are looking for a permanent tattoo removal technique, you could try a tattoo removal cream. Depending on the type of tattoo you are hoping to get rid of, a cream might be the perfect solution for you.

Tattoo removal creams are easy to use, but you need to be committed to using them regularly if you want to see any results. It could take from 3 to 9 months before your tattoo disappears, or at least significantly fades away. Tattoo removal creams are generally not painful, but they can cause skin reactions so you should use them carefully.

3. Consider surgery for small tattoos

If your tattoo is very small, or if you don’t mind replacing it with a scar, you could ask your doctor about removing it surgically. If you choose to go with this type of procedure, your doctor will use a scalpel to remove your tattoo, as well as a small portion of the skin surrounding it.

The skin will then be sewn back together, and a small scar should appear as it heals. If the tattoo you want to get rid of is tiny, surgical removal could be a good option.

4. Choose laser tattoo removal

Laser tattoo removal is a safe and effective technique. A dermatologist can offer you this procedure while helping you avoid scarring, burns and infections. A unique laser will be used to target the tattoo and to break up the ink.

Black tattoos and old tattoos are the easiest to remove, especially on light skin. Depending on the size and the location of the tattoo you want to get rid of, you might need 8 to 10 treatments with your dermatologist.

5. Cover up an old tattoo with a new one

If you love your tattoos, except the one that sadly reminds you of someone you don’t love anymore, you might want to simply cover it up with a new, amazing tattoo. A skilled tattoo artist will look at the size and the shape of your unwanted tattoo, and will create a new design that will cover it, effectively making it disappear.

Before you can cover up an old tattoo with a new one, however, you might need to make it fade a little with a tattoo removal cream to make the job easier for your tattoo artist. In fact, scarring due to tattoo removal and residual coloration can also be completely hidden by a beautiful new tattoo.

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