Removing an Unwanted Tattoo: What to Know

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People get tattoos for a wide range of reasons, whether you’ve come up with a design that means something to you or you’ve simply found one that you liked the look of and wanted it on your skin. But just as there are many reasons why people get tattoos, there are also plenty of reasons to remove them. Although tattoos are considered permanent, they can be removed if you decide that you no longer want them for any reason. If you have a tattoo that you’d rather not have any longer, here are some of the main things to consider before getting it removed. 

How Easy Will It Be to Remove?

Some tattoos are always going to be easier to remove than others. Older tattoos tend to be removed more easily, along with stick and poke tattoos, which are easier to remove compared to newer ones done with an electric tattoo gun. Some tattoo colours are also easier to remove compared to others, with black, dark blue, brown and green the easiest. Larger, darker tattoos with more colours involved in them tend to be the most time-consuming, expensive removal options. In addition, it might be harder to remove a tattoo if you have a darker skin tone or a pre-existing skin condition. Get in touch with Counterpunch Tattoo Removal to find out more about the options for removing your tattoo. 

How Laser Tattoo Removal Works

Most experts advise that laser removal is the most cost-effective and successful option for removing an unwanted tattoo. A Q-switched laser is the most popular option for removing a tattoo today. The machine sends out energy in a strong pulse, which heats up the ink in your skin and dissolves it. To remove most tattoos, you will need to undergo several different laser treatments over several weeks or perhaps longer, depending on the size, colour and age of the tattoo. It is also worth bearing in mind that in some cases, the laser will not be able to completely remove the tattoo. However, it will lighten it a lot so that it is less noticeable or easier to cover up with a new tattoo. 

What to Expect from Laser Tattoo Removal

You can usually get laser tattoo removal at an aesthetic clinic, and some tattoo shops have qualified technicians. You will first have a consultation to discuss your options. During the procedure, the technician will use a local anaesthetic to numb the tattooed skin before applying the laser to the skin. The process may need to be repeated over several sessions until you are happy with the results. In general, this can take around six to eight weeks, although it can vary based on factors such as the tattoo and your skin type. Since the skin might blister, bleed or swell after each procedure, it’s important to carefully follow the aftercare instructions that you will be provided with. 

While tattoos are considered to be permanent, they don’t have to be. If you have a tattoo that you no longer like, laser removal is always an option.

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