Article furnished byDr. Jay Kulkin-- It's a common problem that bridges most demographics. You got a tattoo and thought your love for it would last forever... but now forever seems just a little too long term!
Personally, I like to do my research on anything and everything that I find important to me. Therefore, removing a permanent ink design from your body is probably something you don't mind spending a few minutes looking into. And you should, there are options to choose from.
You'll notice when you start to look for tattoo removal that there are numerous options available. After researching a variety of options I've narrowed my list down to a few of the most popular choices. These choices include; simply covering up a bad decision with yet another questionable tattoo, Do-it-yourself Cream Removals, Rejuvi, and Laser Tattoo Removal.
The great thing about the internet is that it allows easy access to shopping as well as the reviews made by others on the exact services and products you are looking for. Below you can read some of the information I was able to find by doing a little leg (or finger) work for you.
Tattoo Cover-Up: Attempting to cover up a mistake with something strikingly similar is a totally personal decision that I'm not even going to try and tackle.
Cream Removals: There are a variety of Cream Removals to choose from and they are readily available at your local store or even online. The top cream seemed to be called 'Wrecking Balm' and I found quite a few reviews from consumers of this product on Amazon. Now, I know that you can't trust the opinion of everyone but the number of negative (and sometimes hilarious) reviews on this product basically sent me scanning down to the second option on my list.
Rejuvi: This treatment uses a method similar to what was used to give you your tattoo to begin with. A removal formula will be injected over the tattoo and it requires multiple treatments to the area. There are different types of Rejuvi treatments which have varying outcomes. These outcomes range from noticeable fading of the existing tattoo to severe scarring in the treated area.
Laser Removal: The Q Switch laser is the only form of tattoo removal I found proven to be both safe AND effective. The exact laser that we use for tattoo removal at WIFH is the Revlite SI - Q Switch Laser. It is different from the lasers that are used for skin resurfacing or laser hair removal. It works very quickly using 4 wavelengths to break up the ink so that your body can then process it.
It typically takes between 5-15 sessions to remove your tattoo. Depending on your skin type, you can expect to return for visits every 6-8 weeks. Laser tattoo removal visits usually take less than 15 minutes and you will be provided with everything you need to care for your fading tattoo. It DOES hurt but it WILL work and the attending physician should do everything possible to make you comfortable.
The good news is, you can get rid of your unwanted tattoo, but it is a process regardless of what method you choose to remove it. Sometimes the best options aren't the cheapest ones.
Dr. Jay Kulkin, Founder of WIFH in Atlanta, is an internationally recognized laser expert and teaches doctors from from within the U.S. and around the world about laser techniques. He is a Board Certified Gynecologist and is often quoted in the media and featured on a number of TV networks including CNN, Headline News and local Atlanta networks on laser issues. He has been practicing in Atlanta since 1983 and is a Fellow (the highest distinction achievable) of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery and is the former Executive Director of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia Women's Health Program, which he was instrumental in creating. Dr. Kulkin is committed to bringing the latest advances in laser research to his patients.