Tattoo Removal

Bad Tattoos: All of Your Questions Answered

blog post alt tag
Published: 10.03.2022
Updated: 02.06.2024

Bad tattoos are relics of ideas that at one point sounded great, but unfortunately resulted in disappointment and even nightmares for some. It can happen to anyone, which is why it’s important to work with a reputable tattoo shop with an artist you can trust. If you’re interested and are in the DFW area, here are some of the best tattoo shops in Dallas.

Thankfully, you do not have to be “trapped” with undesirable ink on your body permanently. With the introduction of laser tattoo removal, people around the world are consistently finding permanent relief from tattoos they wish to depart from, no matter the size, age, color, etc. At Removery, we believe that tattoo removal is for everyone.

So what are bad tattoos? How can you remove them? Let’s take a look at bad tattoos and what to do about them.

What is Considered a Bad Tattoo?

If you find yourself with tattoo scars, tattoo blowout or the ink completely ditched your skin, you got a bad tattoo. This is why it’s extremely important to practice due diligence before deciding on a tattoo artist.

How Can I Cover Up a Bad Tattoo?

One of the ways that we recommend to cover up a bad tattoo is to first have the tattoo faded through the use of a laser. This process is also referred to as tattoo lightening.

Once your tattoo has been lightened enough to the point where it is heavily faded, we then recommend letting the tattooed area heal for three months before getting a cover up. This guarantees that your new tattoo will successfully cover your old tattoo with much less trouble and resistance.

After the affected area has healed up, feel free to speak with your local tattoo artists and get in touch with someone that you know can deliver on the work you’re looking for. We find that the more passionate an artist is, the more likely they are to take their craft seriously.

How to Remove a Bad Tattoo

The process of fixing bad tattoos and fading bad tattoos for cover ups are the same as any other condition of tattoo. Laser treatment that removes the ink and fades the tattoo until it is no more, or ready for a cover up.

Removery uses the advanced technology PicoWay laser for bad tattoo removal because it has multiple wavelengths that target any color of ink at all different depths in your skin.

It’s particularly well suited for resistant ink particles that didn’t respond to previous tattoo removal efforts.

Your care provider uses the Zimmer Cryo 6 cooler to create a numbing effect before starting your treatment, and your skin is cooled during the entire treatment to keep you comfortable. You may feel a quick snap during laser pulses, which is a sign that the laser accessed the unwanted ink and shattered it.

The minuscule ink particles exit your body gradually through your normal waste removal functions. You’ll see a steady fading as your body flushes out more ink with every treatment session.

To learn more about the types of lasers Removery uses in our tattoo removal treatment, check out our article on what does a laser actually do.

Types of Bad Tattoos

Bad tattoos do not discriminate. They can come in the form of pretty much any type of tattoo you can think of. In fact, there’s a good chance that if you’ve seen a “good” version of a tattoo, a bad version of that same tattoo exists somewhere.

However, the good news is that all of these types of tattoos can be removed, so the type of tattoo does not really matter. Although you may find a difference in the level of pain each type of tattoo brings during removal.

Here are examples of bad tattoos types that can be removed:

  1. Bad portrait tattoos
  2. Bad face tattoos
  3. Bad sleeve tattoos
  4. Bad eyebrow tattoos (Microneedling)
  5. Bad tattoos of faces
  6. Bad neck tattoos
  7. Bad back tattoos
  8. Bad cat tattoos
  9. And the list goes on!


Frequently Asked Questions About Bad Tattoos

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about bad tattoo removal.

Can you really remove bad tattoos?

Yes, it’s true: you can remove nearly any bad tattoo with the right approach and proper technology. Virtually all tattoo colors, from basic black to bright colors, are removable. Even if it’s old ink, a DIY tattoo job, or some other unique problem, you don’t have to live with a bad tattoo anymore. The highly experienced team at Removery evaluates your tattoo carefully to determine which laser works best, which wavelengths to use, and how to customize your treatment for the best possible outcome.

What if I had a negative experience getting a tattoo removed in the past?

Many patients at Removery had laser tattoo removal in the past with less-than-ideal results. If this is the case for you, there’s good news: the certified laser technicians have extensive experience and training in difficult cases like this. It’s very possible to treat the tattoo again — this time, using the right treatment approach, so you get the results you want.

How many laser removal sessions are needed for bad tattoos?

Every situation is different, but you’ll typically need a series of sessions to achieve the best results. For older tattoos located on your core, you may need only a few sessions. Particularly resistant ink particles could require more sessions, but rest assured that the Removery experts can achieve great results for your bad tattoo.

Bad Tattoos are No More at Removery

request a free consultation with our team today.

Dr Kevin Shomaker Dr. Kevin Schomacker VP Medical Research

Get your free estimate

We’re on a mission to give you the most straightforward, easy and efficient laser tattoo removal experience. Your estimate will be entirely bespoke to your tattoo; the size, the colors, the ink. It won’t take long and afterwards you’ll have a plan to finally get rid of your unwanted tattoo and get back to being you.

Get Your Free Estimate

Find your nearest Removery

With over 150 studios you're sure to find one near you. We look forward to seeing you!