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Some decisions in life are best thought through carefully and slowly. One of those decisions is whether or not to get a tattoo. What seems like a great idea one day might not be so appealing the next. While you can remove a tattoo with laser treatment, it's best not to rush into the process of getting one--you might have regrets later.

Here are a few signs that you might end up with tattoo regret, as well as what you can do if you decide you're over your tattoo.

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You're Under 21

People look forward to the day they turn 18 for plenty of reasons. For some, it's the chance to register to vote. For others, it's the chance to legally buy tobacco products. And for a few, it's because they'll be able to get a tattoo without parental consent.

Interestingly enough, the people who rush to get a tattoo when they're 18 or before they've hit the tender age of 21 are the most likely to re-think their decisions later in life. While there are plenty of people who get tattooed at 18 and don't regret that choice in 10 or 15 years, your age is something to keep in mind if you're going to get a tattoo. Usually, the "rest of your life" is considerably longer at 18 or 20 than it is at age 30 or 40.

The Tattoo is On Your Upper Arm or Back

In some cases, the placement of the tattoo can be a sign that it's one you'll come to regret. One survey found that nearly 25 percent of men with a tattoo on the upper bicep ended up regretting their ink. For women, the location is slightly different. Women were more likely to regret getting a tattoo on the upper back.

You Didn't Really Think It Through

How long you've spent thinking about a tattoo can also influence whether you'll end up regretting it or not. When you hear stories of people who just decided impulsively to get a tattoo or didn't give it much thought at all, it's very likely that you'll also hear stories of the same people who end up wishing they hadn't gotten the ink.

When it comes to getting a tattoo, the more time you think about it and the more time you spend weighing the pros and cons of your choice, the less likely you'll be to regret your choice. Don't worry about not getting the tattoo ASAP, either. Remember, once you get it, it'll be there for good.

You're Going to Get Someone's Name

Tattooing someone's name on your body can seem like a great way to profess your undying love for them -- until you break up. Then you're stuck with their name emblazoned on your skin. That can make future dates with other people a bit awkward. There are better (and more temporary) ways to let someone know you love them.

You're Considering a "Trendy" Design

Just like fashion, tattoo trends come and go. For a while, everyone was getting butterfly tattoos on their ankles. Then everyone was getting "tribal" patterns around their wrists or biceps. Chinese characters were a trend for a while until people realized that their tattoos didn't read what they thought.

When thinking about what design you'll get tattooed, consider whether it's something that is meaningful to you or whether it's something you want because everyone else is getting it.

You've Got a Tattoo You Don't Want -- Now What?

Sometimes, even after careful consideration and lots of advanced planning, people come to regret their tattoos. If you're getting tired of staring at ink you regret, there's good news. Laser tattoo removal has come a long way in recent years and is now more effective at removing a greater range of ink colors than ever before.

The PiQo4 laser is particularly effective when it comes to removing tattoos. It not only works on more colors, but it also treats a larger area at once, reducing the number of treatments you'll need to get rid of unwanted body art.

Learn More About Laser Tattoo Removal Today

Do you have tattoo regret? You don't have to live with it. At Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic SurgeryDr. Haitham Masri and Dr. Fatina Masri each have more than two decades of experience performing plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures. Masri Clinic offers the state-of-the-art PiQo4 laser to patients at practice locations in Birmingham and Dearborn, Michigan. To schedule a consultation with the Masri Clinic and learn more about tattoo removal options,  call (866) 487-3223.

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