Kelly Osbourne is getting multiple tattoos removed
Kelly Osbourne has tattoos removed. (Photo: Axelle / Bauer-Griffin / FilmMagic)
Mistakes happen - and to Kelly Osbourne, some of them seem to be written in ink.
The talk show host announced on Instagram that two tattoos will be removed from her arms, one with the word "Lovely" on her right wrist and a keyboard on her forearm.
"Who knows how bad that does? It's 100,000,000,000,000 times worse than getting the tattoo !!!" The 35-year-old has added photos and videos to the post showing how the tattoo removal laser works hard on her skin.
Is Osbourne right about the pain of the experience? Yes and no.
Before we get into all of that, though, let's start with how the tattoo removal process actually works. Basically, a laser removes tattoos by sending a pulse of light energy into your skin. As the light energy passes through, it is absorbed by the tattoo ink, which then breaks down the ink particles so your immune system can remove them.
So back to the main question: does it hurt? Yes, but in the end it is relative. Some find it more excruciating than tattooing, as Osbourne noted, while others find it a less painful experience. Most say it's similar to how it felt to get a tattoo. What is out of the question, however, is that removing a tattoo is a long, usually expensive, experience.
The first thing you need to know is that most tattoos are not removed in a single appointment. It usually takes an average of 6 to 8 sessions to remove a tattoo. Larger tattoos sometimes require double-digit visits to run out of ink.
And since your skin needs time to recover afterward, you can't do these things quickly or in a row. Experts usually recommend waiting at least six weeks between sessions, which means the full removal process can take up to a year to complete.
In addition, the pain does not necessarily stop once the sessions are over, as people often experience side effects such as redness, tenderness, swelling, blistering, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, and bruising.
On the financial side of things, there's a good chance a tattoo away from your body will have a bigger blow on your wallet than it ever costs. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) estimates that just a single session costs an average of $ 463. That means you could drop out a few grand or even more if your tattoo is on the bigger side.
But with all that said, there is comfort in being able to feel like you really want to remove a tattoo from your body and your life, knowing that many - three in ten Americans, according to a Harris poll, an estimated 23 percent of these have tattoos Group regret at least one deed - were in the exact same place as you.
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