Addressing Tattoo Regret
Ideally, getting a new tattoo means designing a singular piece of art, or a permanent reminder of an important milestone or person that meant a great deal to the individual having ink needled deep into their skin. Sometimes, however, the person sporting a new tribal tattoo or poorly chosen Chinese or Japanese character on their skin has some serious regrets.
Recent research suggests up to 75% of people who got tattoos, whether spur of the moment or long thought out, wish they’d done something different with their time and money. Of 600 people with between one and five tattoos, almost three out of four regret at least one piece of skin art. Most of the regrettable tattoos are on the person’s upper arms, and a whopping 63% say the tattoo they regret is on the small size, taking up less space than the palm of their hand. (Only 2% of respondents regretted getting a tattoo that takes up the entirety of their arm or an area even larger than that.)
So, what do you do when you think your ink stinks?
There are a few options, including adding to the original piece to transform it into something else, or just living with the art as a reminder to take more time to think about something before making a potentially life-long commitment.
There’s another option, of course: Get it removed.
The Skin Center at Southgate Medical Group offers laser tattoo removal with enlighten(™), a process that uses laser pulses to break up the embedded ink and fade the unwanted art into oblivion.
You might’ve heard that tattoo removal is painful and arduous, that it’s worse trying to remove a tattoo than getting it done in the first place. The good news is, things have changed.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports that the number of people opting for laser tattoo removal increased 43% between 2011 and 2012. It’s become something that’s done on a regular basis – kind of like tattoos themselves.
Enlighten features extremely short, high-powered picosecond laser pulses (a picosecond is one-trillionth of a second, about a thousand times shorter than a nanosecond) allowing the tattoo to be removed more completely and in fewer sessions. The total number of treatments will, of course, depend on the age of the tattoo, color, location, and how deep the ink is. Your specialist can give you a better estimate after the first visit and consultation.
Is it time to put your inked days in the rearview mirror?
Contact the Skin Center at Southgate Medical Group to schedule a consultation and start the process toward eliminating your regrettable ink today.