Tattoo Removal Tips From The Pros
A tattoo is something meant to last a lifetime. Regrettably, what an individual wants on their body today may not be what he or she wants 2 or twenty years from now. Regardless of that fact, it assumes the tattoo we’ve chosen is actually what we want…and it also assumes the person doing the tattoo does satisfactory job on applying the tattoo. If the job is bad, even though the idea is right, regret occurs almost immediately. When you take into consideration the chances of getting a “good” tattoo from an improperly trained, unethical & unlicensed “SCRATCHER” tattooist being, honestly, about nil to none; (for reasons too numerous to mention. Start HERE for more info.) We (TAM) are here to HELP PEOPLE, (help YOU), learn about good tattoos and good tattooers, because we want you to KNOW what’s really at stake BEFORE you go ahead and get that little tat from “neighbor/uncle/cousin Steve” or that guy up the road. Please take this article into consideration before settling for a ‘cheap tattoo’ because both the procedure and the expense of acquiring GOOD TATTOOS are fairly minor in comparison to having them covered up or removed at a later date.
Well, here’s some helpful advice if you find yourself regretting the decision and looking for solutions. One of the most commonly used methods for eliminating an unwanted tattoo is also one of the least attractive. The skin-graft technique involves taking out an area of skin from a less-noticeable part of your physical body, and using it to replace the area with the bad tattoo. This odd form of “cosmetic surgery” covers the tattoo, yet generally leaves scars. Only a few years ago, this was considered a viable option for those who wanted rid of the daily reminder of their mistakes.
A surgical approach even more unacceptable is called dermabrasion. In layman’s terms, you could think about it as going over your skin and BAD tattoo with sandpaper. Also when this approach is executed by a licensed doctor, you will likely desciver that the resulting scar is worse than the original tattoo. Even after healing, the scarring left by this technique will leave that part of your skin a much lighter color as well as being structurally different compared to the surrounding skin. Of all tattoo removal techniques presently in method, dermabrasion is the approach which will leave the most recognizable scarring.
Another modern tattoo elimination approach is Intense Pulsating Light Treatment. Although it is thought to be much less excruciating, it is likewise a lot more pricey.
But, if you have the patience and the budget, laser removal is most common technique of tattoo removal, but this is not quite as easy as it may seem. Depending on your bad tattoo’s dimensions and the details of the artwork, elimination by a laser device can take up to ten sessions in order to attain an acceptable outcome, if you are trying for complete removal. One source states that each session can set you back in between $250 each visit. And laser removal is generally quite painful. For a lot of people, the best choice is to lighten the already existing tattoo enough to cover it easily, without compromising the design with tons of black. This method combines laser removal sessions with a cover-up process. An educated artist can help design a tattoo that you’ll be proud to wear.
One other method needing to be mentioned is the old snake oil salesmen who claim to offer magical cures. For years various creams have been solicited and sold as an easy tattoo removal option. Tattoo artists nearly all agree these creams are nothing but a waste of time and money because they simply do not work. Whatever brand-new mixture is sold under the guise of doing away with a tattoo, a possible victim needs to bear in mind that the tattoo is not simply on top of the skin, but deep into its layers.
There’s also the chemical peel approach which utilizes trichloroacetic acid to eat away at your flesh. True, it produces some degree of visible results, but it actually removes skin cells and even layers of the skin. Discoloring, even when fully healed, is virtually guaranteed.
Just some helpful advice you should know.
Now, the more common approach these days is to cover up your bad tattoo, even THIS procedure is not without its risks, PARTICULARLY if the person applying the cover up is a scratcher, (or EVEN a licensed artist in a shop who lacks the time-tested experience of doing successful cover ups, if he/she takes on more than they can handle.) Cover up work, at its best, should leave the old tattoo nearly imperceptible to the average viewer if they didn’t know it was there. So if you are more interested in making your tattoo ‘better’ than in it being removed, an alternative is to simply go to a GOOD tattoo artist and commission a cover-up design to be tattooed over top of the undesirable one. You should consider your artist carefully for this option, and be sure to research cover up ideas and the experience of the artist, or you could end up with an even bigger problem to remove or cover up later. If the artist is less than qualified or if your tattoo is very large or very black, the initial tattoo will certainly be obvious beneath the new one; the larger the initial mistake, and the more black ink it has, the harder it will be to cover it effectively.
The last option we’ll give here is a combination of cover up and laser removal. Working with an experienced tattooer in relationship with a laser technician can provide the opportunity not just to be rid of a lasting mistake, or to cover it with an ‘anything is better than this’ tattoo; instead it offers you the chance to REALLY get exactly the tattoo you want and will be proud to wear the rest of your life. By lasering specific colors and/or particular sections of the unwanted tattoo to ‘lighten’ them up enough for easy reworking or covering offers your artist the optimal conditions for giving you something to be proud of. Hey, yeah- it’s expensive and it requires even more patience, needing to potentially lighten certain areas several times (and then letting it heal before doing it again) before starting the new tattoo, but in the end, it’s worth it. Take it from someone who knows. Yes, even tattoo artists can make these mistakes- so don’t feel bad if you do, too. The 5 sessions of laser treatment I endured and 11 hours of tattooing later and I ended up with (virtually) a new 1/2 sleeve, and it something I do NOT regret. I couldn’t be happier with the tattoo I have now. So worth it.
Obviously, the wisest approach is to take your time and make sure you get EXACTLY what you want and you get it from a qualified professional artist from the get-go. Do the research to find the best artists and shops in your area. Study portfolios and learn to discern the quality of work from the artists you consider getting work from, and, above all- take your time! Tattoos are for life and it takes ALL of us TIME (tattoo artists, included!) to learn how to discern between good and bad tattoos. If you are not able to tell the difference between GOOD and BAD tattoos, stay connected to the Tattoo Artist Magazine BLOG, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to get daily access to some of the WORLD’S BEST TATTOO ARTISTS!
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