tattoo regret options

No Toronto tattoo shop likes to hear that someone regrets or doesn’t like their tattoo. Unfortunately, it’s just a fact that sometimes people do. There are certain things that can be done to avoid this like researching one’s tattoo artist and thinking a design through, but if it has already happened what should you do? As more people are getting tattooed that also means that more people are regretting them. Thankfully that means that there are more options out there now for people who have tattoo regret.

Laser Removal

Laser removal is the most common option for people that want a tattooed removed. It works by targeting the ink with pulses of highly concentrated light. This breaks the ink into tiny fragments that your immune system them clears away. It usually takes at least 10 treatments for full removal although if you’re only getting partial fading it could be less.

There are some downsides to laser removal, though. The more treatments your have the more damage that happens to your skin. Painful blisters, scabs, and scarring are all possible. It’s also incredibly painful, more so probably than it was to get the tattoo in the first place. Then there’s the price, which can be a couple hundred, per session! Colored ink, such as blues and greens, are also harder to remove and could never completely go away.

Intense Pulsed Light Therapy

This treatment sometimes shorted to IPL that just started to be used in some places. It is similar to laser removal in that is used a high-intensity light to target certain areas. A gel is applied and a wand emits pulses of the light onto the area being treated.

The good news is that this method of removal is supposedly a lot less painful. The bad news is that it is a lot more expensive. It’s a newer treatment so many tattoo removal specialists still aren’t sure about recommending it.


This method involves “sanding” away the top layer of skin through abrasive friction. Sound painful? Well, it is. It’s also not very effective which is why it isn’t used very often anymore. Most tattoo removal places won’t even offer this as an option anymore due to its lower effectiveness and higher pain level.

Tattoo Creams

There are tons of creams out there that claim to get rid of tattoos right at home. These creams supposedly lighten and fade the ink. If it sounds too good to be true that’s because it probably is. Most people are skeptical about how well these creams actually work and if they work at all. They can be kind of pricey but if you don’t want to go the laser route it can’t hurt to try them out.

Cover Up

A good option for many situations of tattoo regret is to cover up the original tattoo with a new one. A skilled Toronto tattoo artist will work with the original color, design, and shape to create a new tattoo that will hide the old one. In most cases, you can’t even see where the old one was. Just make sure that it’s the design, and not the idea of the tattoo, that you regret.

Cover-ups can be expensive, though, especially if the original work is large and dark. Make sure you look at artist portfolios to see if they’ve done cover up work before. Ask any questions you may have beforehand too to ensure you don’t end up regretting this new one as well. Certain tattoos might not be able to be covered up either. Colored ink is harder to cover up and may require a few sessions of laser removal for fading. Talk to a tattoo artist to see what they say.


Sometimes people love their tattoo and design but as years pass and fading takes over, the magic gets lost. If you love your original tattoo but it’s too faded you might not have to get it removed or covered up. Top Toronto tattoo shops can do excellent restoration for certain tattoos.

Not all tattoo artists feel comfortable touching another artist’s work. It’s the idea of respect. But many feel they are doing the original artist justice by restoring their beautiful piece. Make sure you find a tattoo artist that has done restoration before as it takes a certain skill to it.


Tattoo regret is just an unfortunate fact. There are so many reasons people regret tattoos too. Make sure you find a design you love, in a location you like, and done by a professional and skilled artist to help decrease your chances of regret. Luckily, there are multiple options out there today if you regret a tattoo such as complete removal, cover-ups, or restorations. Contact us today or visit our downtown Toronto tattoo studio to discuss restoring or covering up a tattoo regret.


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