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The Lies You’ve Been Fed About Tattoo Removal

Tattoo removal is not nearly as scary and intimidating as it once was. Thanks to countless technological advancements, laser tattoo removal is now a regulated, safe option for removing that unwanted tattoo from your body.

There are many misconceptions surrounding laser tattoo removal. That said, as long as you choose a reputable medical clinic for the treatment, the procedure will reduce your tattoo safely and with minimal discomfort.

Chances are, you’ve probably heard these myths and outdated assumptions about laser tattoo removal — and they just aren’t true anymore:

It’s Always Painful

One of the most common questions asked by people considering removing their tattoo is “does tattoo removal hurt?” In reality, it doesn’t hurt nearly as much as people will lead you to believe. The pain experienced is minimal as numbing agents are typically used to reduce any discomfort. 

All Tattoos Are the Same to Remove 

According to CBC, roughly 20 per cent of Canadians and 29 per cent of Americans have at least one tattoo. Needless to say, no two tattoos are the same — this is why there is no universal answer to most tattoo removal questions.

There are a lot of factors that impact how long it will take to remove your tattoo, and how much the treatment will cost. These factors include colouring, type, age and placement. 

For example, the closer your tattoo is to your heart, the easier it is to remove — that said, a tattoo on your ankle will take longer to remove than one on your arm. Certain colours are harder to remove, while older and faded tattoos are easier to remove.  There are a lot of things to consider before getting your tattoo removed because the experience will be different for everyone. 

You’ll Scar

Many are apprehensive about laser tattoo removal because of the perceived potential of scarring. That said when you choose a medical clinic where a licenced physician performs the procedures, the likelihood of scarring is slim.

Finding a trustworthy clinic is essential for a safe and seamless process. If worst case scenario happens and you choose the wrong clinic that leaves you with scars, the right medical centre will be able to treat these scars. 

Tattoo Removal Creams are Cheaper & Easier

Anything that promises a “cheap and easy” alternative is likely to come with risks. Tattoo removal creams suggest that they can provide results that are typically achieved by laser treatment. It comes as a little surprise that these creams are not worth your time or money.

These creams either peel away your skin’s top layer or bleach your skin — neither of which are typically safe. Tattoo removal creams are made with trichloroacetic acid, which is approved by the FDA for professional skin treatments — but not for creams. 

According to Healthline, these creams tend to have drastic side effects like burning, peeling skin discoloration, permanent scarring and more.

Your Tattoo Will Go Away Instantly

Tattoo removal is not instant. Tattoos are made by injecting ink directly into the deeper layers of your skin, so the removal process takes time. This process spans various sessions — of course, how many sessions are determined by how hard your tattoo is to remove. 

You’ll Never Completely Remove Your Tattoo

Some say that laser removal will just fade your tattoo and never truly get rid of it. That might have once been true, but with laser advancements that is no longer accurate. Q-Switched, Alexandrite, and ND-Yag Lasers can be used together to reduce even the most stubborn of tattoos. 

If you choose the right medical clinic, your tattoo removal experience will be seamless, safe and comfortable. Don’t be misled by assumptions made based on tactics developed decades ago — because the industry and its technology have seen such drastic improvements since then. 


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