Tattoo Removal: What to Expect

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Whether it's an homage to an ex-lover, a drunken whim or an impediment to landing a job, you may have second thoughts about getting your tattoo. It's estimated that up to 50 percent of those who get inked regret it later on, but unlike most things in life, tattoos are permanent. However, there are ways to fade a tattoo - if your desire outweighs your budget. Laser tattoo removal is the most effective way to minimize the color in your tattoo, but there are a few variables that it depends on for success. First is skin tone - people with dark complexions have a better rate of success than people with fair skin. But risks of hypopigmentation - a loss of skin color where lasers are applied - is a risk for darker-skinned people. Another variable is the color or colors used in the tattoo. Black tends to be the easiest color to fade; pinks and peaches are more difficult. And the more colors included in the tattoo, the more difficult it is to remove satisfactorily.