Inked BUT full of regret? Don’t fret!
You’re not alone. I mean, celebrities like Khloe Kardashian, Angelina Jolie, and Megan Fox also have tats that they dislike. In a 2013 survey conducted by Sydney-based McCrindle Research, a third of people with tattoos regretted them to some extent.
There is nothing worse than a permanent mark you regret. This might be a name of your ex inked on your chest. Or a tattoo that you simply don’t like any more. Maybe you chose a newbie artist with cheap materials and the result wasn’t what you had in mind. Or maybe you want to get a NEW tattoo and just need the old one lightened so you can replace it.
Whatever your reasons, there is something you can do about it.
Here are ways to deal with tattoo regret.
1. REMOVE IT
Laser it away
This is the most common and popular way to remove a permanent tattoo. Though it is one of the most effective processes, it can also be painful and heavy on your pockets. Plus, it can take as many as ten visits over the course of a year or more to fully remove the tattoo. The laser is pinpointed on your tattoo and the laser breaks down the ink pigments in your skin. These tiny bits of the pigments are disposed of naturally by your body. New Q-Switched lasers are making removal more effective, but it’s still an investment of time and money.
Tattoo Removal Cream
Having tattoos removed can be a long, expensive process requiring repeated laser treatments from a dermatologist or laser specialist. Tattoo removal creams offer a more affordable alternative without the hassles of doctor visits and follow-up appointments. There are a number of tattoo removal creams on the market claiming to perform miracles of ink eradication.
This method involves over exfoliation. Though it’s obviously not a good thing to scrub away your skin, this is the last resort to get rid of an eyesore tattoo on your skin. You can use the salt scrub for a long period of time to scrub the tattoo away, but you also have to be careful about not hurting your skin too much. It’s an inexpensive method, but can leave lasting damage on your skin.
2. COVER IT
Make-up Cover up
If you can’t afford a more expensive laser tattoo removal, you can also use makeup to cover up a botched tattoo. This might also be an option until you make up your mind to try laser removal. You are essentially hiding the tattoo with a concealer. This is one method you can adopt if you have been thinking about removing a tattoo. These are not like normal concealers, but are made especially for tattoo cover ups. This is an easy way to remove tattoo at home and is an especially good option if you just want the tattoo removed temporarily – say for a job interview or special event.
Reworking or getting a tattoo covered up can do wonders if you find the right person with the right vision in mind. You have to listen to what these guys have to say because they often know what they’re doing. You may have a clear idea in mind but any self-respecting artist will speak up and point out any reasons why they don’t think your idea will work. Besides, most artists do their best when they’re not being too restrained and limited.
However, if you’re not keen on whatever they may have in mind you shouldn’t feel pressured to go through with it, but instead but always seek a second opinion. Don’t act in haste and most importantly, don’t make the same mistake twice!
Plastic surgery is the quickest fix available. If you can’t go through the entire process of laser, you can have your plastic surgeon graft another layer of skin on your botched tattoo. However, you will have to be admitted to the hospital for a few days, and it might be quite expensive. This option is popular with people who want their tattoo removed in a hurry.
3. MAKE PEACE WITH IT and ROCK IT
This probably isn’t your favourite answer, but sometimes you just need to realise maybe your tattoo isn’t so bad after all. This is when you get your head around to accepting that piece as part of the family, part of you—the good, the bad, and the ugly. Sometimes we see a “quick fix” solution for something like a tattoo and think it will solve all our problems. Without wanting to get too deep, maybe you need to ask yourself WHY you really want to remove that tattoo. Is there some deeper underlying thing in your life that’s bothering you and needs to be addressed?
If you don’t have the funds to remove or cover your tattoo, try to find new meaning in it. It certainly represents something you once cared about, maybe something that changed you forever and for the better. That’s still worth celebrating. Own it.
As you can see, there are quite a few thing you can do if you hate that tattoo.
Whether you decide to remove it, cover it up, or just live with it, remember to do thorough research and investigate all the options available to you.
And if you’d like a free consultation to help decide on the best course of action, get in touch with our Melbourne clinic today.