What You Need to Know When You Want to Remove a Tattoo

What You Need to Know When You Want to Remove a Tattoo

Tattoos have come a long way – from being marks of renegades and outlaws to being almost a cultural norm. However, people change as well as trends, and sometimes a tattoo you have once cherished and loved has become a nuisance to you. You have changed, some people have left your life and others came, and different things begin to matter more. Whatever the reason may be, sometimes you simply want a tattoo removed, and when that happens here is what you need to know.

What You Need to Know When You Want to Remove a TattooQuick and easy

The quickest and the easiest way to remove a tattoo is to have it covered up with makeup. It is not a permanent solution, but if you need to cover it up within hours (or even minutes) makeup is the answer. Liquid foundations will not do you any good though, and for a real coverage you should look for some high-quality makeup. Dermablend professional has amazing tattoo cover up products and their ad has gone viral. However, covering up your tattoos with makeup is not something you should be doing for a long time because your skin should be allowed to breathe.


Dermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure used to rejuvenate your skin, but it is also a good way to remove a tattoo. You will be given a local anesthetic in form of a numbing spray after which the skin will be sanded down in order to reveal the clean skin underneath the tattoo. As for the downsides, they usually include bleeding and soreness, and the recovery time is approximately two weeks (sometimes less). The ink will leach out and you will have to use an ointment so the treated skin will heal better and faster.

What You Need to Know When You Want to Remove a TattooLasers are lifesavers

Covering a tattoo up with makeup or minor cosmetic procedures is safe and easy, but if you’re looking to get it permanently removed, and doctor will advise you to get a laser tattoo removal done professionally. Cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists will tell you that it’s the best and most popular technique, but keep in mind that laser tattoo removal can be painful and can leave a scar on the treated area. It is not just one session – laser treatments require several sessions in order for the ink to be fully removed from your skin. It depends on the kind of ink you have been using, its color, and the type of tattoo as well – whether it’s full black or in color, and whether there are any fadeouts.

What You Need to Know When You Want to Remove a TattooSurgically remove the tattoo

If your tattoo is not too big and not in an inconvenient place (for example your face), you can have it surgically removed. Surgery tattoo removal means that the entire portion of your skin that has any ink will be removed, leaving you with a small scar. Even if the tattoo is large it is still an option but it would require more than one treatment and a possible skin graft. It also means that you will have need a recovery time and some stitches.

The decisions we make have impact on our lives, minor or major ones; and getting a tattoo is one of the most important ones because it’s permanent. The situation today is much different than it has been before and a tattoo you wish to have removed does not need to be covered up with a different one. Before you make the final decision, be it a decision to have a tattoo or to remove one, make sure you’re well informed and that the procedure is conducted safely.


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Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to health and alternative medicine. In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.