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The Pros and Cons of Tattoo Removal

Tattoo removal may seem like the perfect solution to a seemingly permanent mistake, but it’s important to realize that the procedure isn’t without its drawbacks. While there are many people who have been completely satisfied with the process, others have realized too late that tattoo removal is not what they were expecting. If you’re currently unsure whether it’s the right choice for you, use this list of pros and cons to help you make an informed and regret-free decision.


  • Time

    If you decide to go with the most popular technique, laser removal, the process is relatively quick and noninvasive. Sessions last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Although the procedure will be painful, you won’t need time off from work or other responsibilities to recover.

  • Acceptance

    Even though acceptance of tattoos is at the highest it’s ever been, there is still some social stigma surrounding them—which can lead to troubles in both your professional and personal life. Removing your tattoos can alleviate problems like these.

  • Self-Identity

    Removal is a good way to reinvent yourself if you feel like you’ve been pigeonholed as a stereotypical tattoo fan. Getting rid of yours may be a great way to find the clean start you’ve been looking for.


All tattoo removal techniques are typically quite painful—sometimes more so than the process of getting the tattoo itself!

  • Partial Results

    There’s no guarantee that the procedure will completely remove your tattoo. While it’s possible to achieve significant fading, often the remnants of a tattoo still persist. Your own personal success with tattoo removal will depend on several factors that include the tattoo’s size and coloring.

  • Complications

    Tattoo removal leaves your skin irritated and inflamed, which increases your risk for infection. With proper care of the treatment site you can avoid this, but it nonetheless will require more attention from you.

  • Costs

    The costs associated with tattoo removal can add up quickly. Most sessions start around $100 for small tattoos and increase depending on the size. You’ll need anywhere from six to ten sessions, and because insurance companies rarely cover these procedures, the expenses will have to come out of pocket.

Last Updated: February 10, 2016