Luckily, I’ve never had to give much thought to tattoo removal. I only have one tattoo and I waited until I was 26 to get it. It’s also on my foot, so I can easily cover it up with shoes or socks if I need to be fancy or professional (That happens rarely in my life, thank god). And after reading the story of Elspeth, a woman who’s been trying in vain for years to have a tattoo removed from her ankle, I am so freaking glad.

Elspeth, who is due to appear on Extreme Beauty Disasters on TLC, says her efforts at tattoo removal have left her scarred and terribly burned. About a tattoo she got when she was a teenager, she said:

“I felt it was tacky, so I started to get it lasered but after a few sessions, it [the tattoo] got really, really bad. It got infected, to the point that skin was dropping off. I really should have gone to the GP but I just trusted this woman. It became a horrible combination of scar, burn, tattoo, everything in one.”

Due to the scarring she acquired from the botched removal, Elspeth is left with a tattoo she doesn’t want, plus the added bonus of painful scarring and unsightly discoloration on her leg. Ugh. Damn, that sucks. It’s also a good lesson for those who think that laser tattoo removal is an easy, get-out-of-jail-free card. If you get a tattoo you don’t like, you can always get it removed, right? Well, wrong! At least sort of wrong. As Elspeth’s story demonstrates, tattoo removal is not always foolproof, not always effective, and sometimes, not even safe.

Kelly Osbourne shared some eek-worthy tattoo removal video a few months ago, so between that and Elspeth’s experience, I feel pretty dang sure I’m not going to get my tattoo removed. Or ever get anymore tattoos that I might someday possibly want to remove by laser. Because ouch and oh my god.

[h/t: Daily Mail]

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