Protect Your Health

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What You Can Do When Stuck With An Unwanted Tattoo

by Claire Ward

People get tattoos for many reasons, including artistic rebellion and self-expression. But, sometimes people regret getting tattoos and wish they could go back in time to make a different decision. Sometimes, it's because their tattoos didn't turn out as they had expected or their bodies changed in a way that made the tattoo look grotesque. Some people have adverse reactions to tattoos, such as granulomatous. If you regret getting a tattoo, regardless of your reasons, there may be several things you can do about it.

Banish It Forever

Aesthetic dermatologists and plastic surgeons can remove your tattoo by using various methods including abrasion, laser treatments, and surgery. The method used to remove your tattoo will likely depend on the size and location of the tattoo, the pigments that were used, and if you've had any adverse reactions to the tattoo.

  • Abrasion can effectively remove tattoos, but it can also cause scaring when it's not done properly. You may have seen how-to-guides for this on the Internet. But, this is not something to do yourself, no matter how small the tattoo is. You could risk skin infections and scars that may be uglier than your tattoo. Abrasion, when done by a professional, does not produce significant scarring.
  • Laser tattoo removal seems to be the most popular choice because the side effects of it are minimal. Various wavelengths of light have been found to break down the different pigments of tattoo ink. Once broken down, the immune system takes care of the pigments and removes them. Therefore, you may not be a good candidate for laser tattoo removal if your immune system is compromised. In that case, you may need to have the tattoo surgically removed to banish it forever.
  • Surgery to remove tattoos is typically done when the pigments are deep in the skin tissue or the person had adverse skin reactions to the tattoo. Tattoo removal surgery is usually done by freezing the tattoo with cryogenics prior to surgically removing the pigmented tissue. While there may be a risk of scarring, it is typically very minimal.  

Regardless of which method you and your dermatologist or surgeon chooses, be realistic in your expectations. Tattoos were designed to be permanent. There may still be some faint, lingering pigments in your skin.

Cover It Up

An alternative to banishing it forever is to cover it up with a more pleasing tattoo or with scarification. Sometimes, people choose to cover their tattoos after lightening their tattoo with laser treatment by an aesthetic dermatologist. Both re-tattooing and scarification can be done in most tattoo shops.

Scarification is a method of purposefully causing scares to form. In some areas, it is used as an art form, similar to that of tattoos. Scarification may not entirely cover the pigments, but it can change the way your tattoo looks. Of course, scarification, while considered safe, may be more difficult to remove than tattoos. So, you'll want to be absolutely positive that you are making the right decision before going ahead with this procedure.

Aesthetic body makeup can effectively cover old tattoos, especially ones that have been lightened up by a professional treatment or surgery. Consult with your dermatologist about the various makeup formulations out there that are designed to specifically cover up tattoos, scars and skin pigmentation disorders.

If getting a tattoo in your youth seemed like a good idea back then, but it's become a thorn in your side now, consider getting your tattoo removed or covering it up. Be sure to only seek help from a licensed and certified aesthetic dermatology professional, regardless of which method you choose.


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A few years ago, my father visited a dermatologist for the first time in his life. During this visit, he was diagnosed with several skin cancers. Thankfully, my dad’s dermatologist expertly removed these cancerous spots. If you’ve haven’t visited a dermatologist before, consider doing so sooner rather than later. Many forms of skin cancer are completely treatable if they’re detected early. Besides seeing a dermatologist, you should inspect your skin for any changes regularly. This is especially important if you have numerous moles on your body. On this blog, I hope you will discover ingenious tips to help you protect your health. Enjoy!