This page is dedicated to anyone considering tattoo removal. I hope my experience helps you.
There are many reasons why someone might want to have his or her tattoo removed. As for me, I like tattoos and appreciate the art, but I never liked my tattoo. I regretted it and wanted it off. Here are eight lessons I learned:
1. Stay positive.
It’s easy to be mad, depressed, and overwhelmed when you have a tattoo that you don’t want, but it’s important to stay positive. “Magnify the positive, downplay the negative.” In the grand scheme of things, you have a lot to be thankful for.
2. Tattoos are not permanent.
I had my tattoo removed with laser. It took several treatments. I saw significant progress with each treatment. However, some tattoos, especially tattoos with a lot of color, are more difficult to remove than others.
3. There are good people.
Try to find a tattoo removal support group online. Get involved by posting your experience and responding to other posts. It’s good to know other people are going through the same thing.
4. Shop around.
Consider scheduling consultations with several providers. It’s a good idea to weigh all your options. I made sure the providers I went to were qualified based on their experience. I asked to see their portfolios and made sure they were using a good laser. I did not go to a doctor for my tattoo removal.
5. Take time between sessions.
Some people may tell you that you should have laser treatments every few weeks. I always waited at least four months between sessions. Your tattoo will continue to fade for months after a session. This helps keep the overall cost down.
6. Keep things in perspective.
Having a tattoo that you don’t like isn’t the worst thing in the world. Tattoos are not permanent and you can get through this. Yes, it can be expensive. But remember, “Life is the toughest teacher, it gives the test first and the lesson after.” Consider the cost of your removal “tuition in the school of life.”
7. Before- and after-care is important.
Keep your tattoo protected from the sun. This helps minimize the chance of skin damage, including changes in color. For example, I wore a rash guard shirt while at the beach, which is what surfers typically wear. Additionally, drink a lot of water, especially during the week following a treatment. This helps flush the broken ink out of your system.
8. Don’t believe everything you see.
I was very discouraged when I researched tattoo removal online. There’s a lot of material that points to how impossible, expensive, and painful it is. I saw very few pictures of tattoos completely removed. Most of what I saw included partial removals, scarring, and changes in skin color. I suspect this is because the material is old and because people are more inclined to share bad news instead of good news.
Here are pictures from my journey. I began the removal process approximately one year after I got the tattoo.
(Note: Above picture was taken 24-36 hours after a treatment. It looks more painful than it actually was.)
Thank you for visiting my page. Please consider replying to any of the comments below. Your response may encourage someone else when they need it most. We are all in this together. I wish you the best.