Tattoo Removal: Think Before You Ink!
For many people, getting a tattoo seems a way to express themselves. Some people plan their tattoo designs and tattoo locations many years in advance, before actually going through with getting them. Yet for other people, getting inked is often an impulsive act that they do with friends on a big night out on the town – or possibly while on the rebound from a relationship that’s just ended. Having a tattoo, however, is NOT something that goes away after a few hours, like your hangover or a dehydration headache. Once you have a tattoo, you are essentially marked for life. There’s a constant reminder of your inking choices every time you face the mirror or see the body part where you got your tattoo. So if you’re contemplating a tattoo or looking for Tattoo Removal doctors in Melbourne, read this blog so you’ll know what to ask about before you go.
So what if you change your mind later, and don’t like your body art inking(s) anymore? Do you have to live with your tattoos, forever? Fortunately, this is not the case.
Tattoos CAN be removed.
However, the process is often long and the removal may still leave you with remnants of your original tattoo.
Tattoos: Modern Body Art and Laser Ink Removal
It is a known fact that the art of tattoos is as old as mankind. Many civilizations considered tattooing the body as a form of spiritual bonding, a political statement – or a cultural must do for the beautification or tribal identification process. Nowadays, you might be driven to tattoo your body for mainly the same reasons:
- to express something that you feel represents your personality or your character essence (such as a bird, Phoenix, Snake or other Animal or Metaphorical Creature)
- to show your belonging to a certain tribe (gang, political organisation, family or other social group) – to identify yourself to others
- to indicate rebellion or make a political or philosophical statement
- to hide skin scars or physical deformities
- to fit in with your social circle or current body art fashion trend
- to differentiate yourself OR try to make yourself more memorable to others by your choice of tattoo (or to identify yourself to others)
But there’s a fair chance your feelings about getting inked might change with time. Or a chance that you will find yourself in situations in the future, where having a tattoo makes the difference between achieving something – or not.
Because whilst tattoos are increasingly popular and currently more mainstream than they are ‘individualisation,’ not everyone in the world is a fan of them. And if you work for a company, you may find that your tattoo isn’t ‘acceptably on brand’ – for instance, if you are wanting a corporate role but have either a large facial tattoo – or a curse word written across your knuckles – these might just be the things that keep you from actually getting hired.
And if you have your ex-husband or ex-wife’s name on your wrist or ring finger, your current partner may find themselves put off.
So what if you’re wanting Tattoo Removal in Melbourne, or Sydney, or Perth – what should you look for in a practitioner?
As with any other procedure, Tattoo Removal Melbourne means there are a number of professionals who can possibly help remove your tattoo, but not all use equal methods or have good laser tattoo removal equipment.
You want to do your homework – ask to speak with former clients, find out what qualifications and training the Clinician, Doctor or Plastic Surgeon has had in tattoo removal, and ask what Laser is going to be used.
And lastly, find out about the total costs – as tattoo removal in Melbourne and across the world can be time-consuming, painful and costly. It may still be worthwhile, but choose your clinician carefully for best results – because the laser equipment to remove your tattoos doesn’t come cheap. Cheap equipment might also not be effective, or best – so find out from doing web research WHAT clinic, WHAT practitioner, and WHICH laser can get you the best results for minimising the appearance of your tattoo.
Tattoos: how long they take to get removed
5 reasons for having a tattoo removed
- Poor quality tattoo result. Tattooing is an art and the tattoo artist has to require some form of talent and not all tattoo artists are the same and have the same level of skill. Therefore, if you had the unfortunate chance to come across someone who doesn’t master this craft, or you are simply not satisfied with the result, you may want to undo it.
- Leaving behind a group. Groups can identify themselves by their specific tattoos, so they represent a brand and maybe leaving these groups you feel that you do not wish to have this symbol on your body any longer.
- Career. Many jobs, even though it doesn’t seem fair, can be very strict on tattoos. Even getting a promotion at work may even be affected if you have tattoos. Why? Because like it or not, appearance is something that nearly everyone else who is visual can judge us on, to one extent or another, even if those ‘first impressions’ are entirely inaccurate about who we are inside.
- Changes in your life. A tattoo, even though clever and beautiful, may not keep its significance for your whole life. So it’s very likely that you may want to get rid of a tattoo that you may have grown out of or brings back bad memories of a time in your life.
- Regret or State of Mind Changes. You may regret an impulsive tattoo decision.
You might simply change your mind about having a tattoo at all, having a tattoo in a particular place (shoulder, face, back, arm), or the colours or design you chose at the time.
REGRET – or simply changing your mind – are the most common reasons for wanting your tattoo removed.
Many people love their tattoos and spend hours planning them before they get them.
Others get a tattoo out of impulse (such as when feeling down after a relationship breakup OR the alternative, feeling very happy about a new potential partner). Others get one out of succumbing to social pressures (such as on a dare from friends during a big night out). Some, though certainly not all, come to regret their decisions right away.
Can you remove permanent tattoos?
The answer is yes! Even though they are meant to be permanent, tattoos can be eliminated. There are several ways to do so, many of them homemade remedies. However, the process can be long, painful or expensive.
7 ways to remove tattoos
- Laser tattoo removal: This is the most effective way to remove a tattoo and it is considered safe when done properly with proper laser treatment after-care. Whilst we don’t offer Tattoo Removal treatments at Coco Ruby, we CAN let you know of other skin treatments that may help to heal or resurface the skin after your tattoo removal treatments, including Healite II or Laser Genesis or other skin therapies to address pigmentation problems should you get discolouration during your tattoo removal treatments.
- Make your own peel (NOT recommended) – Some people find home remedy type of solutions to tattoo removal, via the web, although their efficacy is often in question. For example, one at home remedy for tattoo removal states you can ‘Mix together aloe vera gel, apricot scrub and vitamin E oil; rub the mixture onto your tattoo area and let it soak for a few minutes, then use cold water to clean the area. Repeat this action three or four times daily, for about a month, and you will see your tattoo gradually fading.’ This MIGHT fade your tattoo slowly over time, as it indicates – but it is unlikely to actually remove it, as tattoo ink is often layered into the dermal area of the skin. These types of mixtures may not penetrate sufficiently to that level so may simply fade the epidermis but not actually target the tattoo ink in the dermal layer of the skin.
- Salabration or Dermabrasion: (Not recommended) is also popular for ‘at home remedies’ but has potential risks of infection and scarring as well as questionable efficacy. The essence of salabration is where you progressively scrub away at your tattoo. Over time, this approach MAY fade your markings; but again, it’s a frightening and painful alternative to professional tattoo removal treatments and may cause more long-term problems than it remedies.
- Cream: There are many tattoo removal creams on the market. These creams are not 100% effective, and whilst they MAY work for you? There is just as good a chance that you will find ZERO difference in your tattoo using creams.
- Use lemon, salt or honey: These three common ingredients can each help in tattoo removal but may not be effective. For small light colored tattoos, some people claim they get results by using lemon juice rubbed onto the tattoo area, then applying honey, aloe vera and yogurt to the lemon-juice treated area, somewhat like you might apply a body moisturizing lotion. Salt can also be a natural exfoliation ingredient, and some people have tried to use it to remove their tatts, but it’s unlikely to benefit you to any great extent and if you were overly aggressive, you could damage your epidermal layer and end up with abrasions, infections and scarring (or worse, such as a systemic infection).
- Cryosurgery: Only a professional can perform this procedure. During this technique, the skin is essentially frozen, and the ink is burned off with liquid nitrogen. Sounds painful!
- Plastic surgery: Some Surgeons may be willing to surgically remove the tattoo (by excising the skin, if the tattoo is very small and depending on the location). Some Surgeons also may be able to graft another layer of skin over the tattooed area; but remember, surgery has risks, and one of the safer options available to you at the moment appears to be the laser tattoo removal option.
Tattoos are a decision that should not be taken lightly. Some studies also indicate getting a tattoo can be a risk for your overall health, especially if you use a place that isn’t 100% focused on sanitisation and safety.
If you still want a tattoo, make certain that you understand you are likely to have this ‘body art’ on your body, face or hands for the rest of your entire life.
Research on tattoos and artists is often the best way to ensure you will get a good outcome for your tattoo, especially if you decide to remove it at a later date…because amateur tattoos, and poorly done tattoos, are often even more difficult to remove than others.
Remember, also, that just because everyone you know currently has a tattoo, that might not always be the case. The social circle trend of tattoos also doesn’t mean you NEED to get a tattoo in order to feel you ‘belong.’
There are still plenty of people out there without one – you just might have to look harder to spot them as so many people feel compelled to follow the ‘get a tatt’ trend.
NOTE: Our Coco Ruby team does NOT offer tattoo removal services; however, they can assist you in learning how to treat your skin to optimise healing and recovery after any treatments you have to remove your tattoo.
Ask us for more information about improving your skin and healing from skin surgery or laser skin treatments by sending in an enquiry form today.