Stuck with a tattoo that has bad memories
WHEN I was younger I got involved with a very bad crowd. My boyfriend was a criminal and is now in jail for life...
I took the decision to leave them and I have now turned my life around.
I have a guilty conscience about some of the things I did, but I cannot change what happened. I regret it so much.
One of the things that happened during this time was that he forced me to get a tattoo (stuka) and it reminds me every day of what went wrong in my life.
I know every time my mother and sister look at it, they remember all the pain I caused them.
I want to get rid of the tattoo.
I once asked a nurse and she said it was impossible. Is this true? - Marked for life, Turffontein
DEAR DUDU SAYS:
I really commend you on turning your life around. It takes a great deal of courage and strength to do this.
Though your tattoo might be a reminder of your past to your family, I am sure they are proud of you and relieved that you have made a new life.
It is possible to remove a tattoo. There are various methods and they depend on the type of tattoo you have.
Normally tattoos are surgically removed and sometimes it is necessary to have a skin graft.
Ask your doctor to refer you to a plastic surgeon or consult the plastic surgery department at your local provincial hospital.
Before you decide to have the tattoo removed, discuss the details with your doctor. This procedure can be painful and can also be costly.
I wish you the best of luck in future.