Regret Your Tattoo? Here’s Why Professional Laser Tattoo Removal Is Your Best Option

You love your tattoo. You show it off every chance you get. Or, at least, you used to. But that, as they say, was then. This being now, maybe you’re not so much in love with that particular ink anymore. Maybe you thought your team was winning the championship one year and got a little premature with celebratory tatting. Maybe you thought you and your ex would be together forever, but, hey, life happens. Maybe that band you thought was the next big thing turned out to be the next one-hit wonder. Or maybe suggesting someone eats Bart Simpson’s shorts has lost some of its appeal over the years.

But hey, these things happen. We all make mistakes or just have our situations change in life. You don’t have to feel bad about them for the rest of your life. You’ve got a few options for getting rid of your unwanted tattoo. The best one? It’s laser tattoo removal. Not convinced? Fair enough. Let’s dig into each one of your options to see why laser is the best.

Cover Up

Wait. Aren’t you trying to get rid of your tattoo? If so, covering it underneath an even larger one is self-defeating, isn’t it? Let’s move on before you end up with an even bigger tattoo that may or may not sufficiently cover the original and itself needs to be removed in a few years, exacerbating the problem.

Cream Removals

Miracle creams and solutions have been popular remedies for what ails ya’ ever since…well, ever since people still regularly used the phrase “good for what ails ya’.” It’s understandable why people turn to snake oil salesmen, too. Hey, it’d be great if you could just smear some cream on your skin and PRESTO! No more tattoo! Unfortunately, that’s just not the way tattoos work. Remember, these things are supposed to be permanent, so it’s going to take more than rubbing some cream on there to get rid of them.

“Yeah, but you guys offer laser tattoo service. Of course you’re going to say that!” OK, that’s fair enough if that’s what you’re thinking, but if it is, then please consider this direct quote from the FDA on the subject of tattoo removal creams: “FDA has not reviewed them, and is not aware of any clinical evidence that they work.”

That’s right – the FDA says there is no clinical evidence they’re aware of proving that tattoo removal creams work. None. Zippo. Nada. And it gets worse, too. The FDA has not only found that creams don’t get rid of tattoos; it’s also found that they cause problems. Scars, burns, rashes and skin pigmentation changes are all possible side effects for those who use creams. So, not only are they not fixing the problem, they’re also causing new problems.

Other (Horrifyingly Scary) Options

What are your feelings on sandpaper? Being rubbed on your skin? Hard? Repeatedly? If that sounds like a fun Saturday night, then you’re going to love dermabrasion. This technique – which is essentially the deepest and roughest exfoliation you’ll ever get – literally sands off the outer layers of your skin. But, hey, you probably weren’t using them anyway, right? Oh, and by the by, dermabrasion for tattoo removal doesn’t stop there. Because tattoo ink resides about a millimeter underneath the skin, you’ll have to go even deeper than the dermis. Ouch.

Now, if you REALLY want to get in there and perform the cosmetic equivalent of using cannonball to kill a fly, there’s always the option of cutting the tattooed skin right off and sewing the skin around it back together.  I don’t know about you, but I feel my skin crawling just talking about this. This option is really only for the most extreme cases and it leaves behind lots of scarring and skin damage.

Laser Tattoo Removal

OK, now that you understand all your “other” options, let’s dig into the only one that really makes any sense. Laser removal is the most common type of tattoo removal because it is the safest and least-invasive way to get the job done effectively. The lasers target the skin with pulses of highly concentrated light that break the ink down into little itty-bitty fragments that are cleared away by your immune system.

As with any type of treatment, results do vary a bit from person to person. The size, age and color of your tattoo can also determine how resilient it’ll be. That doesn’t mean lasers can’t get rid of it. Rather, it means you may need more than one session. Stick it out, and you’ll eventually see that old tattoo fading away to nothing.

It’ll be worth it. After all, laser removal is the only method recommended by the FDA. It’s your choice, but if it was my body, I’d be taking the FDA’s advice over a snake oil salesman’s every time.

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