Things to consider before having a tattoo removed

8 Key Things To Consider Before Removing Your Tattoo For Good

So, you’re thinking about removing that eyesore of a tattoo. You are not alone. Tattoo regret is more common than ever. If you are one of those people who got a tattoo without thinking it through, or you didn’t take the time to find a great tattoo artist, you are likely rethinking your decision to get a tattoo. Good thing for you, tattoo removal has become a viable option.

But, before you make another impulsive decision, there are some important things to consider before you say goodbye to your tattoo once and for all:

1. Once it’s gone, it’s gone for good!

Before you decide to start the tattoo removal process, you need to be 100% sure that you want to remove the tattoo. That said, there is no problem getting a new tattoo in place of the old one if you’re so inclined.

2. Have realistic expectations

We know that you want your skin to look like a tattoo was never there. Every person reacts to tattoo removal differently. There are many different factors that come into play that will have an impact on the end result such as your skin type, the type and size of tattoo, and how your body recovers, to name a few.

3. Laser tattoo removal is a process

Laser tattoo removal is a multi-treatment process. The number of steps it will take to remove your tattoo can vary from person to person and even tattoo to tattoo. For some people, it may take 5 sessions; for others, it could take 10 sessions. It depends on many variables, such as skin tone, the size of your tattoo as well as its location. For example, fading is generally slower as you get farther away from the heart, so a tattoo on your wrist may take longer than a tattoo on your upper arm.

4. There will be some level of discomfort

The degree of pain, or how much it hurts, varies based on your level of pain tolerance. While tattoo removal is nowhere near as painful as it was in the past, it may hurt a little or be uncomfortable. Fortunately at Precision Laser we have ways to effectively and safely manage the discomfort.

5. The type of laser used matters

The type of laser used for tattoo removal will have an impact on the number of treatments and the overall results.

We use PicoSure. In many cases, tattoos can be removed in 50% fewer treatments than any other laser and provide better overall results. Learn more about PicoSure laser tattoo removal treatments.

6. Expect some tenderness post-treatment

Expect some tenderness, redness, and swelling in the area where you received treatment. This is completely normal. This will subside.

7. Who did your tattoo matters

The overall success of tattoo removal largely depends on who did the tattoo and the techniques used. Tattoos done by a professional versus an amateur, the colour used, and the depth of the ink under your skin will all impact treatment.

8. Cost

Perhaps the most important consideration, laser tattoo removal cost is something you need to be aware of. It costs significantly more to remove a tattoo than to get one. Learn about our laser tattoo removing pricing.


An update for our clients regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We will be closed until we get the green light from the government to reopen. We will be answering phones and emails as we can. If you would like a consultation on tattoo removal we can arrange a Zoom or Skype appointment. Stay healthy and know that this too will pass and we will resume our normal lives. Remember to breathe and stay focused on the future.