Hate Your Tattoo? What You Need To Know About Tattoo Removal

Our tastes change over time, and when those tastes have been inked onto our skin in the form of a tattoo it can be harder to leave those tastes in the past. Whether it’s the name of an ex, or band lyrics that you no longer love, or you’ve just changed your mind about a tribal arm tattoo etc etc, removing your body art isn’t easy. It can be done though.

Hate Your Tattoo? What You Need To Know About Tattoo Removal

First things first though; tattoo removal should be done by a professional. DIY tattoo removal at home using a tattoo removal recipe you found online is not only unreliable, but can lead to major complications such as infections and permanent scarring. Laser tattoo removal is the safe method, and absolutely the better way to go.


The way it works is that the laser heats the tattoo ink under the skin and splits it into smaller particles that can be cleared from our skin by the immune system.


How effective it is will vary based on the age of the tattoo, the colours used in it (the lighter the tone of ink used, the harder it is to remove), and on the tone of your skin.


Laser tattoo removal is most effective on those whose skin has less pigment. The paler the skin – the more effective the removal, but it is available for all skin tones. However, no matter what typ

Another option is something called PicoSure. PicoSure is a short-pulse laser which uses PressureWave technology rather than heat to break the ink apart so that it can be absorbed and removed by the lymphatic system. This means that there is less damage to the surrounding skin.


Whatever you choose, laser or PicoSure, the removal will probably take more than just one session, will need to involve some form of anaesthetic (localising numbing cream, injection or otherwise), and it won’t be cheap – removing a tattoo can cost hundreds of pounds. Getting a tattoo in the first place isn’t cheap and painless, and neither is removing one.

Bottom line is – think carefully before you get a tattoo, but think carefully before you get one removed as well!