There are several reasons why someone might want a tattoo removed. Maybe it wasn’t done properly, it reflects the name of a former love, or it just seemed like a good idea at the time and is just now one big regret. Regardless of why you want to remove a tattoo, it’s not just something you want to rush to do right away. Before you book an appointment, there are a few things you should know first about tattoo removals.
You’re Going to Need More Than One Session
It may have taken only one session to get your tattoo done, but you’re going to need more than one to get it removed if you’re getting it done by laser. You’ll see the tattoo lessen in visibility with each session, but how many you’ll need exactly depends on a variety of factors such as how elaborate the tattoo is, the color of the ink, and where on your body it is.
Surgical Tattoo Removal Nay Be an Option
If you have a tattoo that you’re looking to get removed, surgical removal might be an option. Scarring will likely occur and whether or not you’re a candidate for the surgery typically depends on several factors, but meeting with the doctor can determine if it’s right for you.
It’s Probably Not Covered by Insurance
Before you plan to use your health insurance to cover the cost of your tattoo removal, it’s important to note that it’s usually considered a cosmetic procedure and is therefore likely not going to be covered. Prices range for tattoo removals depending on the method you choose, where you’re getting the procedure done, how many sessions it will take, etc. Make sure to have the cost written down for you so you know how much you’re supposed to pay, but expect that it’s not going to be cheap.
Wait to Find A Reputable Doctor
We get that you might want the tattoo removed much sooner than later, but it’s important to wait and find a reputable doctor who’s going to be able to do the procedure properly and who specializes in it. Do your research, don’t hesitate to ask questions, and make sure you feel absolutely comfortable and confident with this person doing the tattoo removal before you even agree to a session.
Set Legitimate Expectations
There are those who think that they’re going to get a tattoo removed and it’s 100-percent guaranteed that no one will ever even know it was there, but that’s not necessarily the case. There’s a good possibility you’ll see scarring, see a very faded version of your tattoo, notice discoloration, etc, (however, it varies from person-to-person, of course) so brace yourself. Know what you’re getting into and keep your expectations in check.
Before you schedule your tattoo removal consultation (which you should absolutely have), write down a list of questions that you want answers to, and don’t hesitate to see more than one doctor get an idea of which one may be best for your procedure. In the meantime, doing the research will give you time to really figure out if the tattoo removal is the right option for you.