I Regret My Tattoo

Feb 09, 2024
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Having an unwanted tattoo might not be physically uncomfortable, but it’s always in the back of your mind. If you regret a tattoo, restore your ink-free skin with laser tattoo removal.

Regretting a tattoo is a reality for ink enthusiasts and sparing tattoo-getters alike. Whether you regret just one or multiple tattoos, it’s hard not to focus on your regret or hide the artwork while in public. You might hesitate to wear shorts, short sleeves, or swimwear. 

Although tattoos are meant to be permanent, they’re not completely irreversible. Thanks to laser tattoo removal, you can clear up your skin with several treatment sessions at your pace. In Oviedo, Orlando, and Lake Mary, Florida, we’re expert dermatologists at Orlando Dermatology Center who can tailor your tattoo removal to get rid of a tattoo in its entirety or lighten it up so you can cover it with a design you like better. 

People may not admit it very much, but tattoo regret is quite common. Around 23% of people regret their tattoos. A whopping 95% of people who have undergone tattoo removal were satisfied with their results. If you’re ready to take the leap and start over fresh with clear skin, this article can teach you everything you need to know about laser tattoo removal. 

How does a laser remove tattoo ink?

Understanding how tattoo removal works might motivate you to try it for yourself. The way that laser tattoo removal works is fascinating: The powerful laser light breaks down ink pigment particles in your skin until they’re small enough for your lymphatic system to flush them out, thus removing the tattoo.

We can adjust the laser’s setting to remove all of the colors in your tattoo, which gives you the best possible removal outcome. With plenty of experience in using medical lasers, we can leave the surrounding skin unscathed while minimizing your risk of scarring and other complications. 

Planning your sessions

As we’ve established, most tattoos require multiple tattoo removal sessions to eliminate all of the pigment. To determine the number of sessions appropriate for your unwanted tattoo, dermatologists consider several parameters. Your tattoo might take more or fewer sessions based on: 

  • The depth of the ink
  • The type of ink
  • The size of the tattoo
  • The colors in the piece
  • Whether it’s an amateur or professional tattoo
  • The age of the tattoo

You can expect to undergo 6-12 tattoo removal sessions, or possibly more, to get rid of an entire piece. Even then, you might still see a little pigment if it’s too deep in your skin. You should wait around six weeks between sessions, though you won’t require any downtime after a treatment.

Because laser tattoo removal can be uncomfortable, you may also have the option of using an anesthetic to numb your skin before each session. Doing so can make sessions more tolerable, motivating you to keep up with evenly-spaced tattoo removal sessions. 

Following up post-treatment

As dermatologists, our team at Orlando Dermatology Center prioritizes the long-term health of your skin. After you complete laser tattoo removal sessions, we provide post-treatment follow-up services to guarantee healthy skin. We can recommend high-end, medical-grade skin care products to help you cleanse and moisturize your skin between treatments and after you’ve completed all sessions. 

To get started with a tattoo removal consultation, book an appointment online or over the phone with us at Orlando Dermatology Center today.