In Lieu of Your Tattoo: Tattoo Removal vs. Tattoo Redesign

In Lieu of Your Tattoo: Tattoo Removal vs. Tattoo Redesign

It probably started out as a really great idea.

After all, who wouldn’t want angel wings tattooed on their shoulder blades? Or intricate scrollwork strategically placed on their lower backsides? But now, for some reason, you’re regretting that particular episode in your otherwise well-decisioned life. And, according to the latest statistics, you’re not alone –

20% of People regret their tattoo

That’s one in five. When people experience tattoo regret, the first thing most of them think about is getting rid of it.  But in reality, you have three choices: 1) Removal, 2) Redesign, or 3) Long-Sleeved Turtleneck Sweaters. Before you decide which way you want to go, you need to ask yourself a few questions.

First, what do you not like about your tattoo? Was the application poorly executed? Is the design fading? Is it a bad or outdated design? Or does it just no longer reflect who you are? Second, what do you like about your tattoo?  Would a fresh coat of ink or a design extension help you fall in love with it again? Next, how light is your skin and how bright is the tattoo?  Typically, the bigger the contrast between the color of your skin and the color of the tattoo, the easier it is to remove.  For example, the easiest tattoo removal is on a fair-skinned person with a very bright tattoo.
And last, where is your tattoo located? Generally speaking, the closer the tattoo to your heart, the faster your circulatory system can help break down the ink.

Tattoo Removal

Tattoo removal is a very popular and permanent way to get rid of an unwanted tattoo.  In 2013 alone, 45,224 tattoos were removed in United States.
Tattoos are removed using a laser, and it usually takes several sessions for complete removal. There are basically two main types of lasers:  the Q-Switch and the PicoSure.  We use the PicoSure because it’s a newer, faster technology, and has the ability to remove a tattoo in a fraction of the number of sessions the older technology takes.

Tattoo Redesign

If you love the idea of your tattoo, but just not the tattoo itself, tattoo redesign is a great way to breathe new life into it.  Tattoo redesign can be anything from retouching the color on fading artwork, to incorporating the old design into a brand new tattoo. Although tattoo redesign seems like it would be easier than tattoo removal, it’s still a fairly involved process, depending on a number of factors (like the shape of the original design and what you want the new art to look like).  Be sure to choose a talented artist with tons of experience in tattoo redesigning.  The artist needs to be able to take into account the original tattoo placement along with the new art selection, and be able to incorporate the two flawlessly.

Even though tattoo removal usually ends up being the favored choice of people with tattoo regret, don’t underestimate what a little fresh ink and a fresh artistic eye can do to give your tattoo a shot in the arm (or the thigh, or the ankle, or the whatever).
The point is, with all the technology available today, tattoos no longer have to be forever.  You have options.

Ink On. Ink Off is a new concept, clinician-led tattoo center located in Cleveland, Ohio, that specializes in clinical artistry tattoo removal, tattoo redesign / alterations, and new artistry.
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