What If I Don't Like My Tattoo?

What if youВ don't like your tattoo? Well, you have a twoВ options: laser tattoo removal or a brand new tattoo cover-up. There's hope for dealing with your unwanted tattoo!

Why You May Not Like Your Tattoo

Tattoos are said to be very addictive, and with that same addiction, many people get tattoos without proper thought first. Perhaps the design doesn't really suit your personalityВ or the end result is poor and you may find yourself wondering what to do. Other reasons you may have a change in your heart could be faith-based.В

Tattoo Cover-Up

Tattoo cover-ups are a wonderful option for correcting or fixing a tattoo you are unhappy with. If you are considering a tattoo cover-up, you should spend some time seeking an artist the specializes in this type of work. Look at their portfolios and bounce around a few ideas to ensure they can visualize the end piece and make sure you'll be happy with it.

Today, tattoo artists have nearly limitless potential so don't be hesitant to shop around for a new eye for your design. Perhaps adding a few personalized touches will make you like your tattoo, or your artist may be able to cover it up entirely with something that won't show the original tattoo. Of course, you'll want to make sure you plan a more meaningful tattoo this time so that you avoid a further chance of regret. Study all the different styles of tattooing, and also figure out what went wrong this first time around to avoid repetition.

One thing to consider before going this route is if you really want a tattoo in that same spot. In addition, the new tattoo will need to be larger to cover up the old one. So a small, insignificant "first" tattoo that you seek to cover will soon become a larger tattoo in the same spot. If you really want a new tattoo and have your heart set on your design, is that really where you would place it? If not, perhaps you should get the tattoo you love in a more suitable spot, and just remove the old by way of laser?

Laser Removal

The costlier alternative to ridding yourself of an unwanted tattoo is laser tattoo removal. This process is quite expensive and is actually said to be more painful than getting one, but the results can provide satisfaction as you'll likely be sans-tattoo after the required number of sessions. Because there is no telling how long it will take to reach an optimal resolution, the service will be provided in increments and you may need a handful of visits for just a small, four-inch diameter tattoo. Consult a professional, board-certified laser tattoo removal expert in your area if you are interested in this option.