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How Does Tattoo Removal Work?

Have Ink You Don't Like? Here's How Tattoo Removal Works

How Does Tattoo Removal Work?

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We've always viewed the fact that tattoos are permanent as both a blessing and a curse. It's a blessing because a design that means a lot to you gets to stay on your body forever; but it's a curse because, for some people, forever can feel like a big commitment, and there's always the risk you'll regret it later on down the line. Whether it's an ex's name, a quote that no longer resonates, or a design that just brings up a bad memory, there are tons of people out there with permanent designs on their bodies that they've grown tired of. Luckily, laser tattoo removal is an option.

Thanks to modern technology, it's possible to have ink zapped from the surface of your skin, ridding you from the design forever. If that's something you're thinking about either now or in the future, there are a few things you should know about the process. You might be wondering how laser tattoo removal works, if it hurts, and what the cost is. We spoke to Corey L. Hartman, MD, board-certified dermatologist and founder of Skin Wellness Dermatology in Birmingham, AL, about what you need to know before getting a tattoo removed.

— Additional reporting by Renee Rodriguez

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