The decision to have a tattoo removed is one that should be carefully considered. Just as the pros and cons of getting a tattoo should be carefully weighed before a final decision is made (drunkenly surveying your choices on the tattoo parlor wall doesn’t count), whether and how to get a tattoo removed are decisions that should not be taken lightly. Of course there are many reasons to have a tattoo removed or altered:

* When you’re caught up in the throes of young love and passion, a relationship that you couldn’t imagine ever ending may turn out to have been much less permanent than the tattoo you got to commemorate it. For Johnny Depp, staying with “Winona Forever” wasn’t on the cards after all. Lucky for him though, it wasn’t too difficult to have his tattoo altered to read, “Wino Forever.”

* You may not be pleased with the tattoo you got. The tattoo artist may not have understood exactly what you wanted or may have applied it with less than consummate skill. If the ink is applied too deeply, it can cause a raised scar or can appear faded in places, and the skin may have a lumpy appearance. If the ink is not applied deeply enough, your tattoo may look amateurish, like a “jailhouse tattoo.”

* You may have had an allergic reaction to the tattoo ink used in your tattoo. If such is the case, your tattoo could have a raised appearance and be itchy and uncomfortable.

* When you’re entering into a relationship, your new partner may object to the contents of a tattoo (see no. 1 above) or to your having one at all.

* You may want to join the pico laser tattoo removal cost singapore military or enter a profession in which visible tattoos are not allowed or are considered unacceptable.

* You may have entered a phase of life (i.e. a spouse; a parent; forty-years-old) the dignity of which you don’t feel is reflected by the tattoo you got when you were twenty.

While there are many excellent reasons to have a tattoo removed, removing permanent ink from beneath your epidermis is not a simple task. The viable options, the ones that are generally effective and pose an acceptable level of risk, are:

* Laser Treatments

* IPL (Intense Pulsating Light) Treatments

* Rejuvi Cream

* Dermabrasion

* Excision

* TCA (trichloroacetic acid)

Laser treatments are by far the most popular tattoo removal method. But despite their popularity, there are many disadvantages to laser treatments: they are painful (many tattoo removal clinics say that the pain is analogous to getting snapped with a rubber band, but I’ve heard someone who’s actually gone through the procedure describe it as like being stuck with an ice pick over and over); they are expensive (from $100 to $1,000 per treatment, depending on a number of factors); complete removal of a tattoo is usually a long process (generally speaking, it will take from six to twelve treatments, with a healing period of from two to three months between each treatment); they require aftercare (some patients may experience blistering, bleeding or weeping of the treated area and it is necessary to apply antiseptic and bandages and to keep the treated area out of the sun). Overall though, laser treatments are thought to offer the best combination of effectiveness and low incidence of side effects such as scarring. Having said that, other tattoo removal methods should not be dismissed out of hand.

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