Tattoos are the greatest thing. Many movie and TV stars, male and female, are sporting at least one. Just a few years ago, tattoo’s were only seen on beer belly guys on motorcycles. Now moms and daughters are getting identical tattoos as “bonding adventures”.
I get people every week wanting tattoos….Removed. Unfortunately, they’re all disappointed when they hear the facts of life regarding tattoo permanency.
There seems to be a rumor, notion, or maybe an urban legend, that getting rid of a tattoo is easy. It’s just a simple laser treatment and your back to normal. DON’T BELIEVE IT. I have used state of the art lasers, abrasion, and even mild acid treatments. The very best you can do is change the darkness, or maybe lighten the colors if they are light blues or reds. The results will, at best, look like a half done tattoo or mottle the skin so it looks like a burn scar. The problem is basic. If you inject a colored substance under the skin that is darken than the skin, it remains visible. Forever.
I recently heard some tattoo artists claim their technique places the ink only barely below the surface so in a few years it will disappear. Here’s the bottom line…If it’s under the skin, it’s permanent. And permanent is a long time.
Also, the cost involved just to lighten or mottle your tattoo is high. Lets say you paid $1500 for a great tattoo that covers your back in a beautiful eagle with his wings spread. Tired of wearing tee shirts to your kids swim parties now that your 45? Figure high four figures, many visits and lots of pain. And no guarantee of results.
So….If a “bonding adventure” or fun thing to do includes a tattoo, I beg you to think again.
The cute tattoo of the little devil with a pitchfork on your ankle may be a great idea at age 22. At age 48, when you’re one of the moms helping out at vacation Bible school, you may be the only one in long socks.