Help! I Regret My Tattoo

Help! I Regret My Tattoo

That tattoo certainly seemed like a good idea when you had it done. But times have changed — and so has your perspective on your tattoo. Maybe it no longer reflects your beliefs or your lifestyle. Maybe your new job has a no-tattoos policy. Or maybe it recalls a period of your life you’d just rather forget.

Whatever your reason for getting rid of a tattoo, tattoo removal options are available — and they’re probably more effective and successful than you thought. In fact, data shows more and more people are having tattoos removed, thanks in part to advances in tattoo removal techniques.

At her practices in Middletown and Jefferson Valley, New York, Mrudangi S. Thakur, MD, offers several approaches to tattoo removal, and you can feel confident that your treatment will be safe and effective. Here’s how she can help you eliminate your tattoo — and with it, your tattoo regret.

Tattoo removal options

Unlike some practices that only offer one method of tattoo removal, Dr. Thakur is skilled in three approaches: laser removal, dermabrasion, and tattoo removal surgery. Each approach offers different benefits depending on factors like:

Prior to your treatment, Dr. Thakur evaluates your tattoo and your skin and discusses your goals to ensure the option she recommends is the ideal one for you.

Laser tattoo removal

Lasers use focused light energy to heat up the pigments in the tattoo, gently breaking them apart into tiny fragments. Your body’s waste disposal system then carries away those fragments over a period of a few weeks.

Although it’s very popular, laser tattoo removal isn’t always the most effective option. It’s best on certain skin types and specific tones of pigment. Count on needing a series of treatments to completely eliminate your tattoo. 


As the name implies, dermabrasion uses an abrasive approach to remove the upper layers of skin where the tattoo pigments reside. While it’s not used as commonly as it once was thanks to the introduction of laser methods, dermabrasion can still be a very good option for specific patients and certain types of tattoos.


Surgery sounds drastic, but it’s a simple, straightforward approach to tattoo removal. The one major drawback: Surgical excision is really only suitable for small tattoos. That’s because excision typically leaves a scar. If your tattoo is small, surgery can be a fast, very effective approach for getting rid of it.

Say goodbye to unwanted ink

No matter which approach is right for you, once your treatment session is over, it’s really important to follow all the care instructions Dr. Thakur gives you. Following those directions reduces the risk of infection and helps your skin heal as quickly as possible.

There’s no need to live with an unwanted tattoo — and no reason to regret it, either. To learn more about the state-of-the-art tattoo removal techniques Dr. Thakur uses, call or use our online form to book a consultation today.

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