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Tattoo Removal Options and Alternatives

Tired of that tattoo? You’ve got options.

As a well-known tattoo studio we field more than questions about getting a tattoo, as we also receive inquiries from those who want to remove an old and unwanted ink job. With the popularity and acceptance of tattoos on the rise over the last decade, the number of people getting tattoos has skyrocketed, and a few regrets must invariably be included in this mix. A recent Harris Poll found that respondents answered “Too young when they got the tattoo“, “Got someone’s name that I’m no longer with“, and “Poorly done and doesn’t look professional” among the reasons for regret. These answers do indeed indicate that people should give more thought to the design they want, and devote more time to research when choosing a tattoo studio.  But we digress. If you’re among those who live with this skin predicament, you want to know your options. Below is a simple yet succinct looks at the alternatives that you may (or may not) have heard about, along with the only recommendations to consider. Let’s review.

5 Tattoo Removal Options You May Have Heard About and the Only Alternative to Consider

Surgical Excision Tattoo Removal

We honestly can’t believe that this procedure is allowed to persist in Canada, especially when there are far less physically invasive tattoo removal procedures (keep reading below) available. We won’t mice words here, as in this scenario a plastic surgeon cuts and slices-off the layer of tattooed skin. It’s medieval. If that apt description isn’t enough to clarify this “option” please review our article on surgical excision tattoo removal.

Scrubbing Tattoo Removal

There are a few “click baiting” health and beauty periodicals out there that claim you can do a DIY tattoo removal with things found in your pantry. They go on to reference using some combination of honey, yogurt, aloe pulp, lemon, apricot, with a dash of table salt to create a scrubbing formula that can be used to fade tattoo ink. We wish this was a bad joke, but it’s not. This doesn’t work at all, even for small tattoos. The same goes for tattoo removal creams and lotions that are being hocked on Amazon. Trust us (and TLC), you don’t want no scrubs.

Q-Switched Laser Tattoo Removal

Q-switched lasers are still used by some parlors in Canada to deliver photo-thermal pulses that heat the skin and surrounding tissues. This procedure creates far more discomfort and requires a larger number of procedures than necessary, and entails a significantly longer recovery time. It’s an antiquated technology that should not be used. If you call and ask a tattoo removal studio about which type of laser technology they use, and they reference Q-switched laser, then you will know where not to go. There is a far superior tattoo removal option and alternative. Keep reading.

PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal

Contrary to old laser technology, the PicoSure laser tattoo removal system employs photomechanical technology to shatter the tattoo particles. As a result, PicoSure patients report less discomfort, shorter recovery time, and fewer treatments when compared to alternative lasers. This is the platinum standard in tattoo removal. Learn more about the benefits of PicoSure.

Cover Up

Instead of full removal, you have another option. By leveraging the effectiveness and efficiency of PicoSure laser technology, you can have your tattoo faded just enough to allow a professional tattooist to perform a cover up. This alternative allows you to simply replace an unwanted tattoo with a new, improved, and desired design. View more on laser tattoo fading for cover up.


Do you have additional questions about about tattoo removal? Schedule a consultation at an Adrenaline tattoo removal studio near you (Vancouver and Toronto) so that we can discuss your options and alternatives.