Let's say, just a few months ago, you got a tattoo that you loved. It defined you. Maybe you even designed it yourself, and you thought it'd be on your body forever. Fast-forward a few months, and now you regret your decision. Maybe you're struggling to find work because the tattoo is located on an exposed area of your body, or it just doesn't represent your current state of beliefs.
Whatever reason you want it removed, let's also say you're a bit hesitant to do so. After all, having it put on wasn't the most comfortable process, and you're afraid you might experience the same discomfort again.
Before you have your tattoo removed, it's important to understand a little about tattoo removal, the process and how you should prepare. This will ease your anxiety.
"Tattoo removal has steadily increase in recent years."
1. You're not theonly one
Many people who are skeptical about doing something take solace in knowing that others have accomplished the same goals. That couldn't be more true with tattoo removal.
In a Harris Interactive poll of just over 2,000 U.S. adults, about 21 percent of respondents had a tattoo. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery noted that tattoo removal has steadily increased in recent years – with women (over 70 percent) being the most likely to have their tattoos removed.
"While more traditional facial procedures and breast augmentations are still among the most popular, we're seeing much more diversity in the areas of the body patients are choosing to address," said ASPS President David H. Song, M.D., MBA, FACS, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Whether it's adding or subtracting (in this case tattoos) people are not afraid to improve how they look. They want to feel comfortable in their own skin.
"As more people continue to get tattoos, the more people are having tattoos removed," said Dr. Geronemus, a clinical professor of dermatology at NYU Medical Center. "With recent advancements in skin care technology such as PicoSure, tattoo removal has become significantly easier. For example, in the past, the colors blue and green have been problematic in removing from the skin. However, today these colors have become the easiest to remove."
As technology advances, more and more people are feeling comfortable with having ink removed from their bodies.
2. Be patient
Understand this before you get a tattoo removal: It's going to take a few sessions to have the tattoo fully removed. Prior to having your tattoo removed, talkto a professional skin care expert about how many sessions it could take. This will help you better prepare financially. Location, size, color and detail matter. Black ink is much easier to remove than colored ink, noted Diana White of Womanitely. She also provided a great piece of advice when she advised people to look out for scam artists. If a "professional" says he or she can remove your tattoo very quickly, be very wary. Chances are they're lying, and you shouldn't take the risk. Their methods could result in skin irritation, wounds or infection.
Talk with friends, family and professionals such as plastic surgeon Dr. Taglienti of Marotta Plastic Surgery Specialists. Undergoing tattoo removal is a big decision, but you'll have less anxiety if you talk to people close to you.
When you talk to Dr. Taglienti you'll receive a full run-down off your procedure, including techniques used and time-frame for visits. He'll also answer any questions you have to help you feel at ease.