Suffering From Tattoo Regret?

I recently wrote an article for about tattoos that has gotten a lot of views and comments (over 2000 of them!)  If you haven’t read it yet, here is the first part:

A few years ago I interviewed a handyman to do some work on my house. I noticed a teardrop tattoo at the top of his left cheek.  Prior to hiring him, I searched online for what this design signified. My mouth dropped when I found out.

A teardrop tattoo can mean he murdered someone.

So I hired someone else.

Plastic surgeons and dermatologists are seeing more and more people who want their tattoos removed, often because they worry that the
tattoos could cause problems with employment.   According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the number of people undergoing laser tattoo removal increased 43% from 2011 to 2012.   This is consistent with a recent survey from the United Kingdom which found that nearly one-third of people suffer from tattoo regret.

Several years ago elaborate designs on the lower back became all the tattoo rage, until someone began calling them “tramp stamps.”  Now I suspect that thousands of women (and maybe even a few unfortunate men) regret getting them.  Other tattoo fads which have come and gone
include the barbed wire around men’s arms and the Chinese letters which may, or may not, mean what you think they do.

And it’s not just the common folk who regret their tattoos.  Several celebrities have taken steps to have their tattoos removed.  Johnny Depp committed the most common tattoo faux paux: he inked then-girlfriend Winona Ryder’s name on his shoulder.  A short time later they broke up, prompting Depp to morph “Winona Forever” into “Wino Forever.”  Megan Fox recently underwent laser treatments to remove the massive Marilyn Monroe tattoo on her arm.  And some celebs have even embarrassingly misspelled their tattoos.  Actress Hayden Panettiere misspelled the Italian phrase “Vivere senza rimpianti,” adding an extra “i” where it didn’t belong.

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  1. In the past, a tattoo was thought to be permanent, however, advances in laser technology make it possible to remove what was once thought to be impossible. So tattooing become more fashionable with the help of tattoo removal Technic.

    Comment by laser liposuction los angeles on April 12, 2013 at 7:11 am

  2. Good thing we have the technology now to remove tattoos. Imagine having your ex-girlfriend’s name on your arm forever. I think it is best if you don’t get a tattoo just because you are trying to look cool and be part of the trend.

    Comment by Victoria on April 12, 2013 at 10:58 am

  3. I think that the best thing about having a tattoo removed by a certified aesthetician/physician is that he or she often has access to on-site pharmaceuticals. Despite the fact that laser tattoo removal has come a long way, there can still be extreme discomfort that only prescription topical anesthetics can reduce. This way the multiple removal sessions become more tolerable and pleasant for the patient!

    Comment by Charles on April 18, 2013 at 8:39 pm

  4. I think people who don’t fully think about the tattoo their about to get are stupid. Tattoos are supposed to be meaningful and permanent. The laser removal is great but some of these people should think before they ink.

    Comment by David Wood on May 12, 2013 at 12:49 am

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