When you are young and rebellious, sometimes you do things you regret later in your life. Getting a tattoo can be one of those misgivings.
A discreetly placed tattoo is one thing, but a large obvious one can be an issue when you are searching for a job or for your soulmate. A big mistake some people make is getting the name of someone special included in their tattoo, only to split up later and then they are stuck with the memory of a lost love…forever.
What Do I Do Now?
Around one out of four people end up regretting their decision to get a tattoo. It isn’t just the aesthetics of the permanent image, but tattoos can also get infected and lead to serious problems.
Identifying an infected tattoo is discussed below:
The most common symptom of a tattoo infection is a rash or red, bumpy skin around the area where you have the tattoo.
In some cases, your skin may just be irritated because of the needle, especially if you have sensitive skin. If this is the case, your symptoms should fade after a few days.
But if these symptoms continue for a week or more, see your tattoo artist or doctor.
See your doctor if you experience one or more of the following:
- feeling waves of heat and cold
- abnormal shivering
- swelling of the tattooed area
- pus coming out of the tattooed area
- red lesions around the tattooed area
- areas of hard, raised tissue
See more here: Tattoo Infection: Tips for Identification and Treatment
Tattoos are becoming more accepted in the workplace, but some still choose to have them removed. However, removing a tattoo is significantly more difficult than getting it in the first place.
Is tattoo removal safe? As with getting a tattoo, removing one is also at risk infection as well as complete pigment removal or a scar but the procedure is generally safe.
Using lasers, the ink is broke down into smaller particles, allowing the body to absorb and remove the color. This video shows how the process works:
Cost of Tattoo Removal
Having a tattoo done is pricy. Most tattoo artists charge between $100 – $300 per hour and the process can take an average of 5 hours.
Having one removed is no different. Part of the problem is that it may take numerous sessions depending on how colorful the tattoo is.
In fact, turquoise-colored tattoos are extremely difficult to remove because there isn’t a laser that targets that specific color adequately and can take 15 to 20 treatments before it’s eliminated. The average tattoo is removed with 6 to 12 treatments.
The average laser tattoo removal cost ranges from $200 to $500 per treatment session. The price is dependent on several factors, including the type and extent of the tattoo, and the expertise and training of the surgeon.
Since laser tattoo removal can take several treatments to complete, the total cost could be as little as $1,000 or as high as $10,000.
Talk to a SoCal cosmetic dermatologist with your concerns about your tattoo removal. They will be able to provide a strategy, treatment options, and estimated cost.