As tattoos continue to become more popular, an increasing number of celebrities are choosing to remove them. Here are 19 before and after photos of some of the most famous people who have undergone tattoo removal.
1. Khloe Kardashian
Khloe Kardashian is probably one of the most well-known celebrities who have had tattoos removed. She had a cross tattoo, an angel, and the word “Daddy” located on her lower back to honour her father, Robert Kardashian. But sometime in 2015, she posted snapshots of her tattoo removal process.
2. Megan Fox
Megan Fox had a medium-sized Marilyn Monroe tattoo on her forearm. But she later decided to get rid of it, and her red carpet appearances showed the gradual process.
3. Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba had a small tattoo on the back of her neck. She had this at the age of 17. Later on, she decided to remove the tattoo and had it laser-removed.
4. Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie had several tattoos, but she got rid of most of them over the years. The first one to go was a tattoo of Billy Bob Thornton’s name, which she had removed in early 2002.
5. Rose McGowan
Rose McGowan never shared the reason behind her tattoo removal. But in 2007, the pinup girl on her right shoulder blade was almost gone.
6. Melanie Griffith
Griffith had a tattoo of her husband Antonio Banderas’ name on her upper arm following their breakup in 2014, after almost 20 years of marriage.
7. Johnny Depp
Depp had several tattoos, but the most notable was the “Winona Forever” tattoo he got for Winona Ryder. When they broke up, he changed it to “Wino Forever.”
8. Pharell Williams
In 2008, the singer was very open about removing many of his tattoos. He told British Vogue, “First you have to give them a sample of your skin, which they then replicate. Once that’s been done, they sew it on—and it’s seamless.”
9. Pamela Anderson
In 2014, Pamela Anderson had a barbed wire tattoo removed around her right biceps. She had the tattoo for her role in the movie Barb Wire to avoid makeup artists constantly creating a barbed wire tattoo on the set.
10. Mark Wahlberg
Wahlberg decided to remove his eight or nine tattoos for the sake of maturity and sensibility.
11. Sarah Hyland
The Modern Family actress decided that her dinosaur butt tattoo needed to go and removed it in 2019.
12. Eva Longoria
Eva Longoria had a tattoo of her and Tony Parker’s wedding date on her wrist. But when they divorced in 2010, she removed the tattoo. She also removed another tattoo at the back of her neck in the same year.
13. Kelly Osbourne
Kelly Osbourne had the word “lovely” tattooed on her wrist. In 2020, she had it removed and even posted the removal process on her Instagram.
14. Nicole Richie
Nicole Richie had a cross tattoo on her lower back. But in 2013, she dedicated the first episode of the AOL series to removing it. She said that the cross tattoo felt like a tramp stamp.
15. Hayden Panettiere
In 2013, Hayden Panettiere had her Italian phrase tattoo removed because it was spelt wrong. Ironically, the phrase was supposed to mean “live without regrets.”
16. Colin Farrell
Colin Farrell has several tattoos on his arms and one on his chest. But in 2019, he decided to get rid of them because he got tired of sitting for hours getting painted every time he wore a t-shirt.
17. Heidi Klum
Heidi Klum had a tattoo of her ex-husband’s initials and their three kids’ initials. But in 2012, she began removing the tattoo, leaving only her kids’ initials.
18. Kat Von D
In 2012, Kat Von D had her Jesse James’ fifth-grade portrait tattoo removed following Jesse’s cheating allegation.
19. Pete Davidson
In 2021, Pete Davidson had several tattoos removed. He had no deep reason behind it but said he just didn’t want to spend hours sitting in a makeup chair.
Laser Tattoo Removal: Is It Effective?
Laser tattoo removal is one of the most popular methods for getting rid of unwanted tattoos. It works by using a laser to break up the ink pigment in the tattoo. The broken-up ink pigments are then absorbed by the body and eventually eliminated.
The effectiveness of laser tattoo removal depends on several factors, such as the age, colour, and type of ink used in the tattoo and the size and location of the tattoo. Black ink is the easiest to remove, while green and yellow pigments are the most difficult.
Laser tattoo removal is a safe and effective procedure performed by a qualified technician. However, it can cause side effects, such as redness, swelling, and blistering. In rare cases, it can also cause permanent scarring.
Many people choose to have their tattoos removed because they no longer like the way they look or want to remove a tattoo that commemorates a past relationship.
If you are considering laser tattoo removal, it is essential to consult with a qualified technician to discuss the possible side effects and the best treatment plan for you.
Post Aftercare for Tattoo Removal
After undergoing laser tattoo removal, it is crucial to follow the post-care instructions to ensure optimal results. Here are some tips:
- Clean the area with gentle soap and cool water. Do not scrub the area or use harsh soaps.
- Apply a cold compress to the area to reduce swelling and discomfort.
- Avoid sun exposure and use sunscreen when going outside.
- Keep the area dry and avoid swimming or bathing for at least 24 hours.
- Apply a topical ointment to the area as prescribed by your technician.
Following these instructions will help minimise any side effects and ensure optimal results from your laser tattoo removal treatment.