If you've been dreaming about inking your body with colourful artistic tattoos you might want to reach for a piece of paper and a felt tip pen instead. According to laser removal experts, some tattoos would cost you thousands of pounds and hours of painful laser surgery to remove.
Cheryl Cole's rose bum tattoo would cost a staggering £12,000 to laser away, with almost 20 hours in the chair, while David Beckham would need £38,000 and 71 hours spare to be completely ink free - that's the equivalent of 48 football matches!
Even One Direction star Harry Styles would need £11,000 to remove his doodles and inkings.
The research carried out by private healthcare search engine WhatClinic.com aims to show less showbizzy Brits just how damaging a bad tattoo can be. Especially if you're not happy with the final result.
To put things in perspective it costs £400 just to remove a small black and white tattoo. Factor in an ex-boyfriend's name and some dodgy detailing and you could be looking at an ever larger amount.
Wayne Tatzapa, founder of tattoo removal specialist, Discardead, admitted, "Despite tattoo removal being an exact science there are many variables that can determine the number of sessions required to remove all trace of the tattoo.
"The time needed to remove a tattoo varies according to the individual, as do the chances of wiping out any trace of it. Skin type, the tattoo's location and colour, scarring and the degree of density all make a difference. Many people don't realise that removing tattoos can take months or even years, because laser sessions should be at least six weeks to three months apart to get the best results and minimise the risk of scarring and other side effects."
What do you think? Do you regret any of your tattoos?
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