The first option is a "quick fix" which is only temporary. It involves applying specialized makeup to the area. This will "hide" the tattoo or make it look into something else. While this option is fast and inexpensive, it is temporary. After all, the tattoo is still there.
The second option is cutting out the tattoo. Yes, it involves cutting and surgery. This is done by a plastic surgeon. However, as you can imagine, this can't be done on areas of the body, especially places which are visible, such as the hands, arms, or neck. Besides its location, the size of the tattoo matters as well. The bigger the tattoo, the more chance for scarring and keloid formation. The cost of this procedure can also be expensive depending on its location and size.
The last option is laser tattoo removal. Laser tattoo removal has come a long way since its inception. The laser technology has improved a lot over the past few years. With the Medlite C6 laser which we use, the chance of scarring or keloid formation is almost none, if the recommended follow-up care is done by the patient. There is virtually no down-time. With our current laser, we are able to get out almost all colors, although black and dark navy blue are probably the easiest to get out. Although laser tattoo removal will generally take months and require multiple treatments, it is only about 30 minutes of your time once every 4-6 weeks. It can even be done during your lunch break and you can go back to work afterwards.
If you would like to learn more about laser tattoo removal or have any questions, call Pristine Laser Center in Orlando at 407-494-0404 for a free consultation.