Did you ever see a tattoo mistake emblazoned on anyone? I have. My neighbor had the name of the state he lived in tattooed on his arm. Unfortunately, the tattoo artist left out a letter so the man will wear the name of his state spelled wrong–for the rest of his life–unless he chooses to have the poorly spelled tattoo removed.
One young father I know had a depiction of his daughter’s hand-print with her name over it tattooed on his back. I remember my art teacher discussing with us that hands can be extremely hard to do artistically but my son-in-law’s tattoo looks pretty good…until you notice it has six fingers.
And we’ve all heard about the people who got a certain someone’s name or initials tattooed on themselves only to go through a break-up and realize they were stuck with an unhappy reminder.
Wanting a tattoo removed is not that unusual. There’s even a television show on Spike TV called Tattoo Nightmares that shows people who regret their tattoos and are ready to have them hidden beneath another tattoo. More about that later.
According to CNN, a 2006 survey in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 24% of 18 to 50-year-olds have tattoos and 17% have considered having them removed. But as the number of tattooed individuals rises, so does the need for tattoo removals. The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) states that in 2011, their doctors performed nearly 100,000 tattoo removals and said those statistics were up from 86,000 performed in 2010.
But removing a tattoo can be complicated. On the Mayo Clinic web site it is recommended you consult your dermatologist about the types of tattoo removal available. The site informs that factors like the size of the tattoo or coloring can mean one kind of removal procedure may work better than another for your particular type of tattoo.
So, what are some of your options if you have an unwanted tattoo? Here are some of the types of tattoo removal talked about by Dr. Oz on his television show: creams, dermabrasion, cryotherapy and laser. To see whole segment click here for video.
But if you don’t want to go the medical route, you can consult a tattoo cover-up artist.
Find a tattoo artist who specializes in “cover-ups.” A cover-up is just what it sounds like: the process of having a new tattoo positioned over the old one in a way that covers it up. The Tattoo Removal Laser Clinic in San Diego, recommends lightening a tattoo first by laser fading before getting a cover-up tattoo. The clinic advises that cover-ups with fading done first tend to be much more successful.
And if you’re interested in making a bold, creative move, email Spike TV at the address on this link and apply to have your tattoo professionally covered by one of their three experts on their reality television show, Tattoo Nightmares!
Tattoo Fading Cream
The Mayo clinic did not recommend the creams for complete removal but did say some fading was possible. So I checked out the reviews on the Wal-Mart site for their best selling fading cream and I looked at the customer reviews on Amazon. Here is what I found: Wal-Mart carries a brand of cream that claims to fade the tattoo. According to the customer reviews I read, the cream does work at fading the tattoo some but it takes time, patience and a few consumers said it was a painful process. One of the creams on Amazon for fading tattoos had a lot of bad reviews but also a few success stories. Check them out here: Tattoo Fading Cream reviews.
Medical Procedure Removals
According to the Mayo Clinic, there are three types of medical procedures for tattoo removal.
- Laser surgery
- Surgical removal
Dr. Oz, (the doctor who became a household name because of Oprah) adds another option to the list:
The famous doc explains in the video that Cryotherapy is the technique of using liquid oxygen to freeze and destroy the tattoo.
Tattoos are not cheap but according to Dr. Oz, removing them can be very expensive. Regardless of how much you want the offending tattoo gone, your health is the most important consideration so be sure to consult a dermatologist first. The Mayo Clinic also advises that you never attempt tattoo removal on your own.
www.trlaser.com/index.php (Tattoo Removal Laser Clinic)