You've spent hours choosing your design, lived through the pain in the chair, avoided picking at the scab and now you've decided you can't stand the sight of the ugly thing. In this case, you would not be alone. It is estimated that over 50% of people who get a tattoo live to rue the day they visited the tattoo parlor.
This is probably due to the impulsivity factor discussed in the first chapter of this book, which warns against the folly of getting a tattoo while drunk, high, in love or on vacation. This is why it is so important to "think before you ink."
Most dermatologists will tell you that complete tattoo removal just isn't possible. Although modern technologies can perform a remarkable job of removing most of the ink, most of them also leave some kind of mark behind on your skin whether it be a blemish, scar or variation in skin tone. It is hard to tell what is more despicable, the accursed tattoo or the marring left behind on the skin by removal methods.
The potential to make your tattoo vanish depends on a number of factors including skin type, skin color, how well you heal as well as the size the tattoo. It also depends on where the tattoo was placed on the body and the type of ink used as many different types of ink are used around the world.
Most tattoo removal technologies remove black ink the best but removing color tattoos can be very difficult. In fact, some color tattoos suffer from even greater discoloration and blotchiness after a tattoo removal treatment!
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