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Permanent Vs Temporary Tattoos – Which Is Best For You?

May 7, 2021


The tattoo trend is still very much in fashion these days. While a few individuals want to ink their body permanently, others think having the same tattoo on their body for whatever remains of the life is never a sensible choice, so they rather go for temporary ones. In specialized terms, tattooing is a sort of pigment implantation process.

In general, there are two methods of this pigment implantation:

  • Permanent: Needless to say, these kinds of body art are permanent in nature. Sure with aging, they slowly fade, but they will never be entirely gone unless you conduct any treatments. Laser treatment is an option that you can use to remove these pigments from your skin. But the pain associated with this process is excruciating in addition to being extremely expensive. More often than not, the cost of removing these pigments far exceeds the cost of applying them. So it’s important to think it through before applying them.
  • Temporary: This kind is anything but its permanent counterparts. The pigment is applied only to the outer layers of the skin so that only the epidermis gets colored. But as you lose your skin cells, they will slowly fade away. Usually, these pigments last for 1-2 weeks, but it can be even less if you use hot water and detergent more often.

There are lots of differences between permanent and temporary tattoos, some of which are:

  • After-effects: When it comes to temporary ones, there is no harm caused unless you are allergic to paints. After a couple of weeks, you can just wash it off completely. When after you put permanent pigments over your skin, it will take the time to heal; at least three weeks to be precise. During this period, you can’t even pour water over the design.
  • Pain: Pain of any kind isn’t experienced in case of impermanent ones because only paints, brushes and stickers are used. But you do need to have a high pain threshold in case you are looking to ink your body permanently. Sure the amount of pain caused by this process will depend on how much you can bear.
  • Blood: There is no chance of any blood dripping out of your skin in case of impermanent pigment implantations. But you do see a little bit of blood when it comes to their counterparts. But that’s nothing to be squirm about.
  • Cost: Getting permanently inked is a costly affair and might set you back several dollars. But it also depends on the size and design of the body art you are getting. Big, colorful ones will generally cost much more than others.


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