9 Reasons why you should not remove your tattoo
If you find yourself with ink you regret, you are not alone. Many people get tattoos on a whim, some influenced by peer pressure, looking for a way to update their image, or simply because they feel like a change is needed. Oftentimes, these quick decisions lead to the desire to remove your body art altogether. For those on the fence about removing your tattoo, here is a list of 9 reasons why it’s not a good idea. Below we will look at everything from potential side effects to removal costs in an effort to help you make the best decision for your body.
1. Removal is costly
Simple and to the point: tattoo removal can cost up to four times more than it did to get the tattoo in the first place. It is also lengthy and may take up to 20 sessions or more, depending on the size, complexity, and colors used.
2. The removal process will most likely be painful
Despite modern laser technology, the removal process still involves discomfort and can be very painful. This is especially true in areas of the body that are considered to be amongst the top 10 most painful when it comes to tattooing, such as hands, feet, ribs, and shoulder blades.
Depending on the method used for removal, scarring may occur in the process. While laser removal is often considered the least invasive and intrusive method, it still carries the potential risk of scarring and pigmentation issues.
4. Tattoo removal may not be complete
Tattoos applied with professional equipment or inks are generally easier to remove and typically produce better results. However, cheaper tattoos from a “back-alley” artist or otherwise can be much harder to remove as the ink used isn’t necessarily made for permanent application and might not react as expected during the removal process. This is another important reason to ensure you choose a safe and experienced tattoo artist when deciding to get inked!
5. It’s permanent
No matter how hard you try, it is impossible to erase a tattoo completely, and some ink often remains within the skin even after removal. Unfortunately, some tattoos are too difficult to remove due to their size and complexity or because the ink has been implanted too deeply into the dermis. In such cases, it is best to leave them alone as trying to remove them could cause further damage.
6. It’s time-consuming
Tattoo removal requires multiple sessions with long breaks between sessions for healing time, so it could take a year or more for the entire process to be completed. Many things factor into how long the removal process will take, including the size, color, and depth of the ink used on your skin.
7. Tattoos can be covered up
If you are looking for an easier and less expensive option and love the idea of still having some art on your skin, covering up your tattoo with a new one is a viable choice. Tattoo artists have become quite adept at this method and will be able to suggest the best size and shape of the cover-up that suits you most.
8. Possible Side Effects
There are always risks when having any procedure carried out on your body, and tattoo removal is no exception. Laser removal is thought to be the safest and least invasive method, but it still carries risks such as infection, swelling, blisters, and scabbing. If you are considering tattoo removal, it is vital to research the safest doctor possible to remove your body art and be well informed of the aftercare.
9. Risk of developing skin allergies
Some people may develop skin allergies to the laser used in tattoo removal, which can be a very uncomfortable experience. This is important to discuss with your doctor, especially for those with sensitive skin or bleeding disorders. If getting your tattoo caused difficulty for you from the start, chances are that the removal process will be a similar experience.
It is important to remember that getting a tattoo is not a decision to take lightly. The results will most likely be seen on your body for the rest of your life even if you choose to remove your ink. Book A FREE Consult to discuss the tattooing process and better understand whether a tattoo cover-up may be a better option for you.