Jacob Osborn

How To Remove a Tattoo You Regret | Man of Many


What to Expect from Tattoo Removal

Nothing is created equal when it comes to tattoos and tattoo removal alike. Even when you’re dealing with the same general procedure (i.e. laser removal), variations in both the technology and the tattoo will yield different results. Here are some pointers to keep in mind:
Generally speaking, colours such as red, blue, and black are easiest to remove, while orange, yellow, pink, purple, and brown are harder to remove. The most difficult shades of ink to remove are green, light blue, teal, and basically any neon colours. All this said, modern laser technologies like PicoSure and Q-switched reportedly tackle pretty much every colour with equal efficiency.

Certain Colours are Harder to Remove than Others

You spent a whole month searching for the best tattoo artist and then spent another month on the waiting list. At long last, he or she inked you up and went full Salvador Dali, turning your flesh into an eye-catching tapestry. The good news is you probably ended up with a really sweet tattoo. The bad news is your tattoo is going to be much harder to remove than some amateur job, which typically wouldn’t dig as deep into the skin.

The Better the Tattoo, the Harder it is to Remove

No, we don’t mean you should get something meaningful, though it wouldn’t hurt. According to experts, the closer a tattoo is to your heart or your larger blood vessels, the easier it is to remove. As such, knuckle, hand, feet, and ankle tattoos are typically the most difficult to eradicate.

Keep Your Tattoo Close to the Heart

There Will Be Aftermath

From lingering pain to visible scarring, you can expect there to be a period of time where the removed ink represents a tattoo of its own, figuratively speaking. Even the most sophisticated procedures will require additional TLC and leave some sort of physical residue, at least for a little while.

Laser Surgery vs Surgical Removal

Once you’ve decided to remove your tattoo, you’ll want to seek medical advice. That means sitting down with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon who specialises in tattoo removal. And while some tattoo parlours might offer removal, we don’t recommend taking this route. It’s always best to leave dramatic procedures in the hands of a medical professional.
For nearly all tattoos, laser removal is typically your first and best option. It generally works by pointing lasers at the tattoo and breaking down the pigments until they leave the flesh. As you can probably guess, your mileage may vary depending on a handful of factors (starting with cost).

Laser Tattoo Removal

If your tattoo is small enough, you can opt for surgical removal. In this procedure, the doctor uses a scalpel to literally cut the tattoo out of your flesh.  Here’s what to expect:

Surgical Removal


If you’re on a budget and still hoping for professional tattoo removal, dermabrasion might be your best bet. This is where the doctor removes the top layer of skin and dyes out the remaining ink. Typically, it’s not as effective as lasers or surgical removal. It also takes longer to recover from, with up to 2-3 weeks of bleeding and swelling. But hey, at least you saved a few grand.

Home Remedies

Tattoo removal at home has become quite popular in recent years, though we don’t recommend it. At the very least, you should avoid store-bought miracle creams or balms, most of which don’t work and none of which are approved by the FDA. Along similar lines, stay far away from DIY chemical peels and for obvious reasons, unless burnt flesh and various doctor visits are what you’re after.
Can you completely remove a tattoo?

Thanks to technologies like PicoSure and Q-switched lasers, you can completely remove a tattoo after various sessions. However, there might be some scarring.

What is the best method to remove tattoos?

The best method to remove tattoos is picosecond laser treatments using technologies such as Q-switched or PicoSure.

How much does it cost to remove a tattoo?

Laser tattoo removal is completed over the course of various sessions, costing anywhere from $200 to $500 per session.

Is tattoo removal painful?

The actual procedure of laser tattoo removal is incredibly painful, and far more strenuous than getting a tattoo done. That being said, numbing cream can be effective in reducing this pain.

Does tattoo removal cream work?

DIY tattoo removal creams and balms are not FDA approved and most—if not all—of them don’t work, according to experts.

Can salt and ice remove a tattoo?

Using salt and ice to remove a tattoo will most likely result in rashes, frostbite, or skin damage. It is not known to work and is not recommended.

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