Indecisiveness and a love of body art are two traits that don't go well together. But if you find yourself wishing you'd never gotten that tattoo, you could be in luck. Test your tattoo-removal knowledge with this quiz.
A tattoo applied by a more experienced artist may be easier to remove since the pigment was evenly injected. Old tattoos may be easier to remove than new ones.
Laser treatment is now the standard method of removal.
Until the late 1980s, the typical methods of tattoo removal were painful and sometimes scar-inducing.
With dermabrasion, the surface and middle layers of the skin are sanded down.
Yellow and green are the hardest colors to remove; blue and black are the easiest.
Q-switching refers to the laser's short, high-energy pulses.
Laser energy causes tattoo pigment to fragment into smaller particles that are then removed by the body's immune system.
Non-aspirin OTC pain relievers like Tylenol can be taken prior to the procedure. However, aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents such as ibuprofen can produce pronounced bruising after treatment.
There is a 5 percent chance of permanent scarring with the process.
Tattoo removal is a medical procedure that requires a physician's expertise; generally, a dermatologic surgeon is best qualified to perform such a procedure.