The popularity of tattoos has exploded in recent years. People get them to look more attractive to others, feel more confident in themselves, and express the freedom to do what they want with their bodies. But still, if you get a tattoo, there is always a chance that you might want to get it removed later. Maybe your preferences have changed and your old tattoo no longer represents you, or it’s starting to fade.

In today’s world, it is easy to get rid of tattoos due to improved technology. You can probably find many places offering tattoo removal services in your own city. If you have finally decided to get your tattoo removed and chosen laser tattoo removal, you should make sure that you are armed with the right facts about tattoo removal. Dr. Sean Aldridge has been doing laser tattoo removal in Los Angeles for nearly 5 years. Below we bust some of the more common tattoo removal myths.


New technology has made both getting and removing tattoos a medically safe process. The lasers used in laser tattoo removal are not powerful enough to abrade the skin. At most, they will leave some redness and swelling. Still, make sure that you only go a certified professional for tattoo removal as careless work can lead to skin infections.


The effectiveness of laser tattoo removal depends on the color of the inks used. Blues and blacks are the easiest to remove, while pastel yellows and greens are among the hardest. In some cases, treatment may be able to fade the tattoo, but not erase it completely. Some tattoo removal locations use lasers that can deliver multiple wavelengths capable of erasing multiple colors at once. Make sure you ask how well your tattoo will respond to treatment before beginning the removal process.


Just as getting a tattoo is painful, removing it isn’t exactly painless. This is another reason you should seek someone who has medical experience to remove your tattoo. The pain can be numbed through topical creams or gels, so make sure you ask about those options. There are different factors that influence how painful the tattoo removal process is, particularly the size, color, and location of your tattoo. Larger tattoos obviously mean more time spent under the laser. Darker tattoos require a stronger laser setting that strikes the skin with more force. And if the tattoo is in a sensitive area, numbing agents may not be enough to erase all the pain.

Getting a tattoo removed is a personal choice which is just as valid as deciding to get one in the first place. Just be aware of the pros and cons of tattoo removal, and find someone with medical experience to do the job.

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