Although tattoos are permanent, this is only to an extent. They can be removed if you decide you no longer want them. Older tattoos as well as amateur (“stick and poke”) tattoos are easier to remove than newer ones. Some colors are easier to remove than others as well. These include black, brown, dark blue and green. Larger, darker, more colorful tattoos are more time-consuming and expensive to remove than smaller, lighter, and less colorful ones. Due to the risk of side effects, it’s also more difficult to remove tattoos if you have darker skin, a preexisting skin condition, like eczema, or a health condition that affects the skin, such as herpes
However, this doesn’t mean you can’t remove your tattoo if any of this applies to you. It just means you may need to take a bit more time to find the best removal option for you. Your healthcare provider can also help you if you have a health condition. For example, they can prescribe antiviral medications to prevent a tattoo removal procedure from triggering a herpes flare-up. They can also refer you to a dermatologist for further guidance.